Obituary for Jerry R. Waughtal
Jerry R. Waughtal passed away in his home, surrounded by loved ones, in the evening hours of Monday, July 31, 2017. He was predeceased by his parents, Sylvia Elizabeth and Harry Augustus Waughtal; sister, Jacqueline Gay Teel; and wife, Wilma Ann Waughtal. He left behind his son, Andrew William Waughtal (Troy, IL); daughter-in-law, Lisa Waughtal (Edmond, OK); daughter, Malinda Waughtal (Stillwater, OK); and many treasured nieces, nephews, and long-time friends.
Jerry was born in Tulsa, OK, on August 16, 1934. During his formative years, he forged friendships there that would last a lifetime. As a young man, he developed a true passion for scouting. He joined the Cub Scouts and continued through the Boy Scouts. Later, as a father, he passed on the love of scouting to his son, and served as scoutmaster to Pack 4 in Stillwater, OK. He later held offices in the Pawnee Bill Council.
When his daughter began gymnastics he learned how to spot so that he could assist in her training at home. That interest blossomed into full-time coaching for Gymnastics of America. Long after his daughter left gymnastics, he continued coaching, training and mentoring young gymnasts.
Early in his adulthood, he took quickly and enthusiastically to sailing. With Ann as his crew, he raced in many local regattas and was a member of Windycrest at Keystone Lake. He enjoyed sailing competitively and for pleasure, owning three boats at one point.
He was an avid lover of music, considering it a form of mathematics. He learned to play piano by ear, played the banjo, guitar, bass, African drums, and even the didjeridu. With very few exceptions he loved all genres of music, demonstrated by a record, tape and CD collection that spanned classical, jazz, blues, country, bluegrass, as well as current popular artists. His bluegrass roots were deep and he loved attending bluegrass festivals with family and friends. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, he, along with some very close family friends formed a band known as The Outhouse Flies. They entertained often at local nursing homes, hotels, and scouting events.
Jerry loved to dance. He always believed that before people moved into a house, they should have a party and dance on all that floor space before it was cluttered with furniture. He preferred dancing that required a partner—leading and following—his wife, Ann, was his favorite partner. Later, when he could no longer lead, he danced on his own wherever the music moved him—in his home, at the Life Center, in the aisle of the grocery store.
His talents and abilities seemed limitless. He always had a large chalk board mounted on a wall for the spontaneous eruption of math problems. He could solve any problem or fix anything broken. He had a knack for seeing beauty in wood and could cut, carve or otherwise extract a masterpiece from any piece, large or small. He cherished every form of art and was gifted in many of its applications, be it drawing, painting or sculpting.
He loved books and bookstores and amassed a library that would rival any. He read fiction, non-fiction, how-to books, art books, history, poetry and classics. He could carry on a conversation about almost any topic and was always interested in what others had say or to teach him.
Holidays, parties and entertaining allowed Jerry more avenues of expression. While Ann was master in the kitchen, ambiance was Jerry’s domain. He set a beautiful table—often incorporating some of his mother’s hand-painted china—and decorated for all holidays and special occasions. He loved good food, good wine, good conversation and beautiful surroundings.
He was one-of-a-kind—a man for all seasons—and will be missed by all those who loved him.
The family invites you to remember and celebrate the lives of both Jerry and Ann Waughtal on Saturday, August 12, 2017, at 2:00pm, at the First Christian Church, 411 W. Matthews Avenue, Stillwater, OK 74074. In lieu of flowers, a donation in their name can be made to the Life Center of Stillwater, OK, or your favorite children’s charity or art organization.