Robert W. Waddingham


Robert W. Waddingham


Robert W. Waddingham
Robert W. Waddingham

Robert W. Waddingham, 65, peacefully passed away from complications of a brain aneurysm, September 24,2013. Cremation has taken place.

Bob was born May 5, 1948 in Charles City, IA to Lloyd (Waddy) and Leah Waddingham. Bob graduated from Bismarck High School in 1966. He attended Bismarck Junior College and graduated from UND Grand Forks, ND with a degree in Political Science.

After graduation Bob started his career in retail sales including opening and managing Eckroth Music in Billings, MT until retirement.

On June 26, 1998 he married the love of his life Charlene Jennings. Together, they enjoyed hiking, camping in the mountains and kayaking. He had a passion for spending summers on the Missouri River in Bismarck, ND with his “River Rat” friends.

Bob was noted for “making his trumpet talk.” He played his trumpet in numerous musical groups most recently with the Shrine Jazz Band, Shrine Brass Band, Rocky Mt College Jazz Band and Alte Kameraden Band in Red Lodge, MT.

Bob was preceded in death by his infant sister Kristy Kay, father Lloyd, and brother Lloyd R. Waddingham.

Bob is survived by his wife Charlene, mother Leah, sisters Randa of Atlanta, GA, June Veit (AI) of Bismarck, ND, brother Rex (Kelli) of New Salem, ND, numerous nieces and nephews, friends and fellow musicians.

A celebration of Bob’s life will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Shrine Auditorium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bob Waddingham Music Scholarship Fund, c/o 2725 Riveroaks Dr. Billings, MT 59105.

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  1. Bob was one of the good guys. He was an excellent musician and a wonderful man. He will be missed…………..his “dirty” trumpet solos and his friendly face.

  2. Bob was a very special man. He was fun to work with as a fellow musician, and just generally a joy to be around. My students enjoyed having him sub for me at school, and the younger ones remember him as the guy who showed them “his cool trumpets.” He will be dearly missed by all of us that knew him.

  3. So sad to hear of Bob, “Rabbits” passing. He was a great guy and a wonderful musician. I loved looking at all the photos. He always had a smile on his face. Thoughts and prayers to the family.

  4. Daniel KnowsHisGun

    Wow..I’m saddened by this news, but I am so glad that I had the opportunity to visit and laugh with Bob. I was his barber for a few years, and I honestly cannot picture Bob in my mind without a huge grin on his face. Charlene, we will keep you in prayer. Bob made alot of people, however short it was, smile and forget about their problems just by talking and laughing with him. God bless you.

  5. Wanda Canada-Dalton

    I met Bob through his sister Randa, what a blessing he was to all who knew him, his smile would light up a room and his trumpet playing was a great joy to anyone who had the pleasure of listening to it. My thoughts and prayers to you all.

  6. Dave and Beth Thune

    I met Bob on the river from time to time .Always had that smile and could make your day so much better! He was a genuine guy with a adventurous spirit that will be missed by many. God Bless his family.

  7. Jessica (Herschman) Peterson

    Lots of great memories with Uncle Bob, and so saddened to learn of his untimely death. I can only hope my son, Dylan, who is just starting trumpet (on an Eckroth trumpet) will have some of the joy of music and talent that his Great Uncles and Great Grandpa have/had. I think of Uncle Rabbit often as Dylan is playing.

  8. I am so shocked and so sad. He was one of the best men I have ever known in my life – His smile could brighten the darkest day. So many memories of him with my ex-husband Gary in the band The Dimensions. He is in my heart forever – farewell sweet friend.

  9. Dickie and I are privileged to have known Bob. Are 2 favorite memories are cross country skiing with him at Riverfront park and of listening to him wail on his trumpet at a BST play. That made him really light up! He was always kind and understanding, and saw the positive! Thanks Bob for showing us how to live

  10. All of us associated with the West River Winds in Mandan-Bismarck ND are saddened by the sudden loss of a friend and fellow musician. Bob’s big smile and big trumpet sound will be in our memories now. To Char, Rex, and other family members, our heartfelt sorrow for your loss.
    Ernie Borr, Director, WRW

  11. Lisa Bucholz Newman

    Auntie Char and Bob’s family,
    I will always remember the smile on Bob’s face. It was always there! I am so glad you got to have so many adventures together. If you need anything please let us know. We love you and are praying for you all at this difficult time.

  12. Bob was a gentlemen and the greatest trumpet player! My first recollection of Bob was back when he chauffeured Uncle George around. Uncle George thought the Bob was the greatest nephew. I’m sure they are now reminiscing about the old days.
    Our prayers go out to all the family and friends.

    Cousin Dale, Jean and Joe Vest

  13. I have fond memories of Cousin Bobby playing his trumpet at the Lindsley family reunions. Whenever I heard a great musician playing the horn I would think of Cousin Bob. Such a talented player, with a wonderful attitude in life. Bob, you will be sorely missed

  14. Dennis and linda Delzer

    Char and family, We are so saddened by Rabbit’s passing. We have such great memories of his million dollar smile and easy going personality. He is waking up the Angels with high notes from his horn.
    Dennis and Linda Delzer
    Bismarck, ND

  15. Bob….you are missed by so many you touched through music, your smile, your support. Char……we are here for you during this time of grieving. Just know all the students that you and Bob have helped through the years are growing into fine young ladies and men who are influencing others because of you. Prayers for you Char.

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