Gerald Theodore Waggoner II, 76, of Pittsburg, passed away on Sept. 14, 2022, in Columbus, Kansas.
Gerald was born on Sept. 14, 1946, to Gerald and Cecilia G. (Ensman) Waggoner in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Jerry graduated in 1973 from Pittsburg State University with a degree in Physical Education. He married Ardith Mitchelson and had two children. They later divorced.
Jerry loved to go hiking and the outdoors. In recent years, he has enjoyed taking care of his cats. He was on the PSU School of Nursing advisory board. He also loved visiting his two sons and grandchildren.
He is survived by two sons, Patrick J. Waggoner of St. Louis, Missouri, and Eric A. Waggoner (Kelly) of Bentonville, Arkansas, and three grandchildren, Braden Waggoner, Tanner Waggoner, and Jolane Waggoner.
He is also survived by his bonus children, Neely (Phil) Evans, Jamie (Jeff) Purdon, and Reed Robinson; and additional grandchildren, Corbin (Georgie) Hamilton, Allie (Derrick) Weir, Garrett Evans, Blaike Johnson, Brady (Shaina) Dulin, Levi Burks, and Jaeden Dickerson.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Patricia Brandon, and his fiancé, Jolene Zacarello-Robinson.
A Memorial Service will be on Friday, Sept. 23, 2022, at 11 a.m. in the Brenner Mortuary. Burial will take place at a later date in the Highland Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the start of the service. Memorial donations can be made to Waggoner Family Scholarship at Pittsburg State University PO Box 4005, Pittsburg, KS 66762.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. 4th St., Pittsburg, Kansas.