Buddy Richard Wampole, 65, of Monroe fell asleep in death Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2007, surrounded by his family in the home he had lovingly built with help from his family.
He was born March 15, 1942 in Casper to Buddy B. and Rosie M. Wampole. He moved to Warren, Mich., with his parents, and sister in 1943. Later, they moved to Chadron, Neb. They moved to Washington in 1947, living in Yakima, Kittitas and Ellensburg, where he started school. Later, they moved to Sunnyside, where he graduated with the class of 1960. After graduation, he drove truck for bee-keeper, Jim Bunch, all over the Pacific Northwest.
He married Roberta Dilts in 1964. They had one daughter, Jennifer.
Buddy and Bobbie moved to Seattle, where he worked for Boeing for several years in the mid-1960s. Buddy, became a fireman for Fire Department, King County #1, Duwamish, and Tukwilla. He drove the medic wagon and was an E.M.T. for many years, helping to restore life to many. For instance, on his way to work, he saw a jeep drive into a police car on a steep hill. He stopped, broke windows, and pulled two officers to safety. He then went to the jeep and removed two passengers, as he could see the driver was already dead, probably from a heart attack. Both cars burst into flames. Buddy was a firefighter for 32 years.
Buddy loved the outdoors, and built a two-story log house in the middle of a forest outside of Monroe. He loved the wildlife and animals. He and his brother, loved to take their Harleys to Sturges, S.D. for the bike meet there.
He had many friends, and his whole family, who deeply loved him. He was a caring and loving man. We will miss the many happy hours spent with them.
Buddy fought cancer for the past 20 months. Many of the firefighters he worked with, the bikers he rode with, as well as family members and congregation members came and spent time with him during his long struggle.
He was able to attend Jehovah's Witnesses meetings by speaker phone, along with his wife, Bobbie, during his illness. Like many others, he had hope of a resurrection.
Buddy Richard is survived by his wife of 43 years, Roberta Wampole; a daughter, Jennifer Bridge and husband, John; his mother, Rosie Wampole of Sunnyside; three sisters, Jacqueline and husband, Russell Hazen, of Sunnyside, Mary Radke of Lake Stevens and Linda and husband, Mike Kyar of Graham; a brother, Robert and wife, Jackie, of Granger.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Kenneth Michael Wampole in 1992; and his father, Buddy B. Wampole in 1996.
The Duwamish Fire Department is in charge of the memorial services. Valley Hills Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.