Funeral services were Thursday at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Wessington Springs, with the Rev. John Paulson officiating. Burial was in Prospect Hill Cemetery, Wessington Springs, with military graveside honors by William-Fee Post No. 14 American Legion and Post No. 5548 VFW.
He was born on Nov. 25, 1942, in Clark to Paul and Viola (Hanson) Waldow.
He lived on the family farm until his graduation in 1960 from Willow Lake High School.
He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force following his graduation.
On June 3, 1962, he married Nada Djenich in Willow Lake.
They moved to Rapid City and Ellsworth Air Force Base.
He moved to various stateside and European duty stations during his military career and he obtained the rank of senior master sergeant.
In 1981, they returned to Rapid City and he attended Black Hills State University, Spearfish.
He taught special education and industrial arts in Wessington Springs from 1985 to 1997.
He finished his teaching career in Martin, retiring in 2006.
His wife died on Dec. 23, 2000.
He is survived by a son, Lee, Mitchell; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Waldow, Mitchell; three grandchildren, his mother, Watertown; a brother, Arlin and wife Marjean, Willow Lake; and three sisters: Marjo Landon and husband Roger, Austin, Texas; Vydel Gogolin and husband Roger, Rapid City; and Shelly Wipf and husband Monte, Doland.
He was preceded in death by his wife, a son, Ken; and his father.