Oscar ‘Buddy’ Waldkirch, 90, helped with electrical wiring of 87 local Habitat for Humanity homes

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Oscar “Buddy” Waldkirch
Oscar “Buddy” Waldkirch

Oscar “Buddy” Waldkirch died Sunday, June 21, 2015, at home. He was 90.

He was born to William F. and Marion Bone Waldkirch on Dec. 26, 1924, in Nashville, Tennessee. He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Marion Dejuan; and his first wife, Elizabeth Bentley Waldkirch.

He graduated from Central High School in Nashville, Tennessee and attended Vanderbilt University for one year. He then transferred to the Georgia Institute of Technology as part of the U.S. Navy V12 program. He graduated in 1945 with a degree in electrical engineering.

Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946, he became employed with the DuPont Company in Old Hickory, Tennessee and continued with the company for his entire professional career. In 1948, he married Libby and they had three children, Richard, Anne and Robert. After several moves with the DuPont Company, they settled in Wilmington in 1969.

In Wilmington, Oscar was active in many church and civic organizations. He served as a deacon and an elder at First Presbyterian Church. He served as a member of the Wilmington Planning Commission, president of the Red Cross, board member of the Cape Fear Country Club and member of the Tidewater Camellia Club.  He enjoyed sharing his knowledge of camellia propagation with all who were interested.

He was an avid golfer and served on numerous committees including a USGA committee for the rating of golf courses in the Coastal Region.  Oscar also built and monitored the 53 blue bird boxes on the Cape Fear Country Club’s golf course.

Following his retirement from the DuPont Company, he became licensed as an electrical contractor. His work as a contractor led him to his work with Habitat for Humanity. He recruited fellow retirees and friends and taught them how to wire houses and to appreciate the accomplishment of wiring the first 87 Habit houses in Wilmington. He also enjoyed painting, birdwatching, photography and gardening.

Oscar is survived by his wife, Eleanor (Sweetie) Cross Waldkirch; children, Richard Bentley Waldkirch (Carol), of Wilmington, Anne Kelly Hager (Bill), of Max Meadows, Virginia and Robert Bradley Waldkirch (Jenny), of Wilmington; grandchildren, Jamey Kalish (Debbie), Bradford Waldkirch (Dana), Ryan Hager (Melinda), Will Hager (Breanna), Elizabeth Hager, Lasseter Wooten (Jonathan), Lindsey Sullivan (Kevin) and Thomas Waldkirch (Katie); as well as 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 27, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, Wilmington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Habitat for Humanity or the Pastor’s Fund of First Presbyterian Church of Wilmington.

The family would like to thank Oscar’s girls, Viniski, Sherrill, Tina, Jakemia and especially Erica for their years of dedication, service and love.

Please leave online condolences for the family at Andrews Mortuary.

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