In grief, and yet in a sure and certain hope for the resurrection of the dead, I announce the death of my father, Max Waldrop.
Robert Max L Waldrop Sr. died December 7, 2007 at his home in Arvada, Colorado, after a long struggle with cancer. He was born September 9, 1925, in Frederick, Oklahoma, to William Glen Waldrop and Dovie Irene Bagwell Waldrop.
His grandparents, L.E. and Mollie Howdeshell Waldrop and Americus Madison and Eva Lena Smith Bagwell, came from Texas to Oklahoma Territory before statehood.
His grandfather A.M. Bagwell participated in the opening of the Big Pasture in 1906, the last large tract of land opened for settlement in Oklahoma, and his grandfather L.E. Waldrop served on the Oklahoma Board of Agriculture. The Waldrops came from Sherman, Texas, in 1903, at first settling near Chattanooga, Oklahoma, and then moving closer to Frederick.
L.E. Waldrop was the son of William Henry and Elmira Louisa Gossett Waldrop. Max L graduated from Henderson and Union schools in rural Tillman County, and served in the Merchant Marine during World War II.
After the war, he attended Cameron College in Lawton, Oklahoma, and married Betty Jo Cassidy. They had two children, Robert Jr. and Susan Marie. He was a farmer until 1975, when Betty Jo passed away and he moved to Colorado, first to Lake City, and then to Denver. In Colorado he worked as a commodities broker. In 1981 he married Claudette Copper of Arvada, and became father to her two children, Terry and Ann.
Max L greatly loved his family, the outdoors, hunting, and fishing, and was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends, neighbors, and strangers. He could fix anything with baling wire and duct-tape. He knew the agricultural markets from the grassroots, as a farmer and later as a professional trader in agricultural commodities. He was a life-long blood donor, giving gallons of his own blood to help others. He could ride, hunt, fish, shoot, fly a private plane, and play poker. He was a member at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arvada.
He is survived by his wife Claudette of Arvada, his daughter Susan of Arvada, son Robert Jr. of Oklahoma City, and his family with Claudette — Terry and his wife Tammy and their children Tanner and Alisa of Arvada, and Ann and her husband Shannon and son Christopher of Stratford, Colorado. We are who we are today because of his great love, principles, and example.
Graveside rites with military honors will be held Tuesday, December 11th, at the Ft. Logan National Cemetery in Denver, at 2 PM. The funeral service will be Wednesday, December 12th, at 2 PM at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Arvada. Memorial donations may be made in his memory to your favorite charity or to the Oscar Romero Catholic Worker House.
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.