STEAMBURG, N.Y. - The Rev. Robert E. Waite, 88, of Hotchkiss Hollow Road, Steamburg, went home to be with his Savior on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, at Heritage Park Rehab and Skilled Nursing in Jamestown.
The Rev. Waite was born July 28, 1925, in Jamestown, N.Y., the son of the late Tracy Henry and Frances M. Sparling Waite.
He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, serving as a sergeant and infantryman under General Patton's 3rd Army in England, France, Belgium and Germany from Oct. 15, 1943 until his honorable discharge on Jan. 21, 1946.
The Rev. Waite and his wife, Ida attended Bob Jones University Bible College in Greenville, S.C. He was a graduate of Toccoa Falls Bible School in Georgia and Baptist Theological Seminary in New Orleans.
He retired as pastor of the Steamburg Free Methodist Church and served earlier pastorates for Haskell Community Church in Cuba, N.Y., Trinity Chapel in Essex, Md., Ivory Baptist Church in Ivory, N.Y. and again at Haskell Community Church. The Rev. Waite and his wife, Ida were currently attending the Victory Tabernacle in Cattaraugus, N.Y.
He was a member of the Bob Jones University Phi- Beta-Chi fraternity and Randolph American Legion Post 181.
The Rev. Waite is survived by his wife of 69 years, Ida Oldro Waite, whom he married July 28, 1945, in Jamestown; a son, David G. Waite of Bowmansville, Pa.; daughters: Rebecca A. Waite of Jamestown, and Eileen C. Pioli of Steamburg; 10 grandchildren: Nathaniel Waite of Lititz, Pa., Addison Waite of Terre Hill, Pa., Jaunice Marquis of Martindale, Pa., Rachel Davis of Princeton, Texas, Cynthia Hitchcock of Tyler, Texas, Jennifer Marsh of Frewsburg, Charlotte Garvey of Jamestown, Sarah Hayes of N. Port, Fla., Philip Gibson of Bradenton, Fla., and Stephen Gibson of Mead, Colo; 18 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Elaine Larsen of Kennedy.
He was preceded by three brothers: Clyde, Gordon and Richard Waite; and five sisters: Vivian Sherlock, Vera Conklin, Frances Etta Brown, Joyce Sweatman and Marlene Butler.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday May 17, 2014, in the Van-Rensselaer & Son Funeral Home, 14 Church St., Randolph. Pastor Cliff Waugh and Pastor Mike Winder will co-officiate. Immediately following the services, refreshments will be served at the Coldspring Fire Hall, 2603 Route 394 in Steamburg, N.Y. Refreshments were donated by the Coldspring Fire Department, Praise Fellowship of Russell, Pa., and Victory Tabernacle of Cattaraugus, N.Y.
To leave a condolence, log on to www.vanrensselaerandsonfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in his name can be sent to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY at www.alz.org/WNY.