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James A.
                                                    WatermanSpringfield, Missouri – James A. Waterman, 81, of Springfield, Missouri passed away Tuesday morning, July 17, 2001 at St. John Regional Health Center after a lengthy illness. He was born September 2, 1919 in Pearl City, the son of Arthur and Ruth (Offenheiser) Waterman, served in the US Army Air Corps from 1941 through 1948, and married the former Mary V. Galway of Freeport on September 12, 1942 while he was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi.
After farming for several years in Illinois and Missouri, he was employed in 1955 by the US Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield and later the Federal Penitentiary in Marion until retiring from prison service in 1976. During his retirement, he and his wife toured the continental 48 states on their motorcycle. They later moved to Ocala, Florida and resided there 10 years before returning to Springfield in 1995 to be near their family. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Springfield.
Surviving are his loving and devoted wife of 58 years, Mary; two daughters and their husbands, Susan and Charley Peck of Republic, Missouri and Beth and Dave Miller of Harrisburg; four sons and their wives, Doug and Mary Waterman of Republic, Steve and Pat Waterman of Clever, Missouri, Tom and Anita Waterman and Bruce and Tammi Waterman, all of Springfield; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Waterman of Republic, Missouri; 14 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; a sister and her husband, Shirley and Rolland Haubach of Lena; a brother-in-law and his wife, Bill and Mary Galway of Freeport; a sister-in-law, Jeannette Galway of Freeport; and several nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents; one son, Chuck Waterman; and a grandson, Kurt Waterman.
A funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Joseph catholic Church in Billings, Missouri, with Father Pat Teter officiating, Interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery. A rosary service and visitation will be from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at Meador Funeral Chapel in Billings
Contributor: Alice Horner

WHEELER, Rev. Jonathan M. - was born in Tenn., 23 May 1822; with his parents to Alabama where he joined the M. E. Church in his 16th year. In 1845 he emigrated to Mo. and was again licensed to preach (don't know where he was first licensed.) Admitted to St. Louis Conf. at Springfield, Mo., in 1855. Accompanied by his wife, reached house of the writer Sept. 18th, where he died 20 Oct. 1857. Leaves widow and little boys. He was appointed to the Poplar Bluff Mission, and in 1856, to "Oak Ridge Mission" which he never reached. By J. L. Burchard. [Source: "Missouri Pioneers County & Genealogical Records," vol. XVIII by Nadine Hodges and Mrs. Howard Woodruff; March 1973; tr. by GT Transcription Team]

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