Sharon E. Waggoner, MD

Sharon E. Waggoner, MD



Sharon E. Waggoner, MD, 91, St. Joseph, Missouri died Friday, March 15, 2013 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born October 23, 1921 to Everett and Reva Dolly (Campbell) Waggoner in Dairyland, Wisconsin.

He married Marion Francis Kantz in 1941. She survives of the home.

Dr. Waggoner served in the Medical Corps, was in Officer Candidate School at the Chemical Warfare Center and United States Army Air Corps, during World War II. He served in the European Theatre and flew 71 missions over Italy, Germany and the Baltic’s. He also served time on a Court Martial Board. Sharon finished as a major after active duty and rose to the rank of Lt. Col. in the Army Air Corps until 1969.

He graduated from Loma Linda University School of Medicine and began his career as a general practitioner and surgeon in 1951 in the south end of St. Joseph retiring in 1998.

Sharon was a member of Seventh-day Adventist Church where he served as an Elder, Southside Rotary Club, Friday Morning Breakfast Club, Buchanan County Medical Association, Buchanan County Health Department as a Health Officer, Ensworth Society, American Medical Association, American Academy of General Practitioners, Missouri State Medical Association and various boards between Methodist Medical Center, Sisters Hospital and Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Norma Wright, and Joyce Baker.

Survivors: his wife, Marion Waggoner; daughter, Marcella E. Hassen (Harlan L., DDS), Liberty, Missouri; son, John Kenneth Waggoner (Laura), Kansas City, Missouri; grandchildren, Laura Elizabeth and Katherine Lynette Hassen, and Christina Marie Waggoner; brother, Lee Waggoner (Gladys), Duluth, Minnesota; and a brother-in-law, Tom Baker.

Services:  1:00 P.M. Wednesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. Inurnment Memorial Park Cemetery at a later date.  The family will receive friends 5:00 to 8:00 P.M. Tuesday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory, where friends may call after 4:00 P.M. Tuesday.  Flowers are appreciated and for those wishing to make a contribution, the family requests they be made to the Worthy Student Fund at the Iowa Missouri Conference of Seventh-day Adventist Church, PO Box 65665, West Des Moines, Iowa 50265. Online guest book and obituary at


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Messages of Condolence

  1. MIke Waggoner says:

    To Sharon’s wife Marion, children Ken and Marci, our cousins Willie, Rita and Lee, and all the family and friends of Sharon, I would like to send our sympathy, respect and love at this sad time.

    I am Mike Waggoner, son of Ashton Waggoner, who was Sharons Uncle. Ashton was seven years older than Sharon and they virtually grew up together. Dad has since passed but if he were here today his thoughts, prayers, and sadness would be shared. The good news is that they are now reunited and enjoying the reunion with a wonderful supper at Grandma’s big table. Please accept our thoughts and sympathy.

    Cousins Mike Waggoner and Robin (Waggoner)Johnson

  2. Marilyn (Miller) McIllen says:

    Waggoner family; remembering your family in pray at this time of loss of husband, father and wonderful Christian friend. God bless. Marilyn

  3. Adam G. Bolonyi says:

    The greatest and best example of what Christianity is all about and what it stands for was exhibited and displayed by this man I had admired more than any other human being I have ever met in all my entire life. My condolances to his entire family. I will miss him. He was ALWAYS there for me. At my college graduation, to my injuries, to breaking bread together, to giving me work, rides, support emotionally, and even standing up for me as my “BEST MAN” at my last wedding, and being there when my mother passed away (who worked for him and his family before I was even born). My heart is heavy. He shared with me SO many of his stories from his youth to his adventures in life, from blowing up mountains in CO to MANY of his well-kept war stories/situations. I LOVED HIM. I am so sorry for the families loss of this fine example of a human being. My prayers go out to his wife, children, their spouses, and Doc’s grandchildren. He was loved and respected by MANY in Saint Joseph, and throughout the entire planet.

  4. Dan Christ&Pam Christ says:

    Sending thoughts, sympathy and prayers to familyy

  5. Richard Dean says:

    St. Joseph has lost a legend. He brought his medical skills, compassion, dedication and faith to a community and served them tirelessly.

    One personal memory probably describes his commitment. As a second grader I developed significant respiratory problems. One night I had major problems and Dr. Waggoner came to our home in the middle of the night. Deciding I need hospitalization, he put me in his personal car and drove me to the hospital. We exceeded the speed limit and ran the red lights. How exciting for a 7 year old. Dr. Waggoner cared.

    We have truly lost another great one from the greatest generation.

  6. Patty McGuire says:

    My heart is heavy. Dr. Waggoner was truly a great man, humanitarian, friend and neighbor. He delivered me and he delivered my children. When I had my oldest son, I was very young and he had some health issues that scared me to death. If I got too panicked and it was after hours, I would go to Docs house and say “O.K. do we go to the hospital?” God Bless this man, I can’t tell you how many times I have said a prayer of thanks for him in my lifetime. He was our neighbor in Southside and also a neighbor at the lake and one emergency we went to him there because I didn’t trust those folks at the local clinic down there. He was an angel on earth and now will be an angel in Heaven! I am so sorry for the family but know that the number of people who loved him is limitless!

  7. Michael H. Jackson says:

    Dr. Waggoner,

    When Mom called me on Sunday and informed me of your passing, I was at a complete loss for words. After we ended our call, I began to reflect on the day you brought me into this world at Sisters Hospital on August 1, 1971. Your blessed and caring hands continued to treat and heal me through my infancy, as a child, and as a young adult up until the time that I left for the Military. You were there for all of my illnesses, hospitalizations, bumps and bruises, regardless how great or small, and I was always greeted with your compassionate touch and kind words with each and every visit, I cannot thank you enough for all that you did for me.

    For your family, I pray that God will bring them peace and comfort in the days to come, and remind them how special they are as well. I’m sure there were many missed dinners, holidays, and special occasions, during your years of practice; and it takes a special family to accept those late night calls and to understand that your patients were an extended type of family to you, and you were always there for us regardless of the time, and to them I say “thank you” from the bottom of my heart.

    In closing, once again I cannot say thank you enough to your wonderful family, and to you. I was blessed to have such a gifted and talented Physician to care for me throughout the years. Thank you for your dedicated, professional, and always caring service, and may God bless you and your family.


    Michael “Stonewall” Jackson

  8. dana waggoner says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. My only wish is that I could have been a bigger part of my uncle Sharon’s life. I will always treasure my memories of Sharon from when we were young kids. Always extending his hands to help someone in need. I was oh so proud of both my father (Lee) and my uncle Sharon for serving our country in world war two as i did in Vietnam. Sharon led a full and vigorous life, extending love in all directions, what more could we ask in our life. We will all cherish his memory for life.

  9. Frank Sindelar for Vintage Oaks says:

    On behalf of our residents and staff we offer our sincere sympathy. What a wonderful witness he was to us in the sensitive and loving care care he gave Marion.

  10. Patricia Campbell-Adams says:

    Sharon was my first cousin-his mom and my dad were brother and sister. I could say so much as to Sharon’s integrity, love of life and family, his kindness and thoughtfulness and genuine interest in the lives of others, always a giver, always contributing to what he believed in, always helping his family and imparting his wisdom to all. He was a joyous person always looking for solutions. He is and always will be a shining star. It will be a beautiful day when our Lord returns and resurrects his faithful servant.

    My condolences to my friend and cousin Marcie, Harlan, Laura and Katie; Ken and family. May our Lord comfort each of you in your grief. Remember, I love you all.

  11. Rick Bosworth says:

    I will miss ol’ doc! He always had some good thought to say and always showed me another side to a situation . He will be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

  12. Karen Fleming Woodworth says:

    My thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Everyone before me sums it up…Dr. Waggoner was a Godly man who walked the walk. He was my mom and dad’s neighbor for many years and he and Mrs. Waggoner were priceless. Their Christian love shown through to everyone they met. Praying God’s comfort and peace.

  13. Kathy Quick says:

    Dr. Waggoner was a great person I was very sad to see his obituary , he saved my life when had complications with a difficult pregnancy in 1984,he was the only doctor who took me serious at the time,every other one said I was just upset from loseing my twins but he took the time to listen and found my problem and did surgery to save me and I went to him untill I was well ,and continued utill his retirement, I considered him a freind he was very careing person,he was a real asset to St Joe he was the true meaning of a doctor, the medical world and your family has lost a truly great person….Kathy Quick

  14. David and Karen Waggoner says:

    It is sad to hear of Sharon’s passing.He was a wonderful man who did a lot of good things for his family and others.Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  15. Ken and Peggy Oliver says:

    We extend our sincerest condolences to the family. Dr. Waggoner touched many people throughout his life of service. Our family was certainly blessed by our family relationship with yours. I remember many trips to the lake in the station wagon, visits to your home as children and the close friendship between my parents and Dr. Waggoner and Marion. Continuing to look forward to the earth made new and all the renewed friendships that will bring!

  16. Edward stevens says:

    Two of the finest physicians in st joe left us this
    Week Sharon will be sadly missed. Not only an excellent doctor, but a good friend.
    His stories of his war years let me in awe!
    Ed Stevens

  17. Darlene Orr says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.

  18. Mike Bolonyi jr says:

    My memories go back into my childhood. His help and thoughtfulness helped our family survive some tough times when they settled in America from the old country. My prayers and thoughts go out to Marion, Kenny and Marci. The loss is in body but not soul and he will be remembered forever. Take care and God Bless you all.

  19. Marilyn Nordstrom says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all his family during this difficult time.
    He was one of a kind. He and Dr. Mothershead used to take over each others calls. He delivered one of my children and was such a devoted doctor and family man. He was so easy to talk to and understanding with “new” parents.He has truly been missed in his practice, but will be remembered for all of his kindnesses.
    Deepest Sympathy,
    Marilyn Nordstrom

  20. Jody Boller White says:

    Dr. Waggoner was my physician when I was a child and remained so until he retired. He was the nicest man, please accept my deepest sympathy in your loss.

  21. Alice Brown says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Waggoner was a wonderful doctor. Please accept my deepest sympathy.

  22. Patricia (Mullen) Fisher says:

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Dr. Waggoner was the one that delivered me and was my doctor for years after. He will be greatly missed. My deepest sympathy to his wife and family

  23. Joan Ruhnke Peterson says:

    I rode home from the Martwigs home in Hamel, MN one summer. I entertained your kids by playing games with them. We stopped at a restaurant in Iowa for lunch. After I got my first job in St. Joe at Terminal Warehouse for Herschman and Doughlas you invited me to your home for supper. I will never forget your kindness to me. So sorry for your loss. He will be remembered by a lot of people for a long time. My sympathy to all his family.

  24. Sidney Christiansen says:

    A man’s man. A great example of love and dedication in a marriage. Marion was his life, his soulmate and his partner-a reflection of God’s love for us. Our sympathies to the family, a loss but a treasure of memories. What a life, a great physician and Godly man.

  25. Sharon Orr Allen says:

    I’m sorry to hear of Dr. Waggoner’s passing. He delivered me and he was my doctor until his retirement. He will be missed and our thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Sharon Orr Allen

  26. JoAnn Still Charles says:

    Dr.Waggoner was a kind and gentle man.He delivered my last daughter , Becky and was our family Dr. till he retired. I visited with Marci and she was as gracious as her parents. My sympathy to the family and God bless.

  27. Becky (Still) White says:

    To Marcie, Kenny & Marion, go my heartfelt sympathy. I hope these many notes of remembrance and condolences bring you some comfort.
    To you, Dr. Waggoner, may God bless you and keep you in his care.

  28. Dorothy Stegall & family says:

    Will be sadly missed by our family and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the Waggoner family.
    May God bless and keep Dr. Waggoner as he sits with God on his throne up in Heaven.

    With sympathy & memories
    Dorothy Stegall
    Joy Stegall Collins
    Dixie Stegall Akers

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