Monday, October 1, 2012

Gregory Wait
(October 3, 1954 - September 10, 2012)

Gregory Wait, 57, of Springfield, Missouri passed away September 10, 2012. Greg was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma on October 3, 1954. Greg was a graduate of Kickapoo High School in 1972 and was a dentist at Sunshine Dental for 30 years. Greg loved re-enacting the Civil War, he loved history and baseball. Greg is preceded in death by his parents Janet and Frank Wait. Greg is survived by his wife Paula, step son Tim Minkler and wife Kim. Two brothers; Steve and David Wait. Funeral services will be Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 2:00 P.M. with visitation one hour prior at Greenlawn Funeral Home South. The family request in lieu of flowers donations to be sent to Phelps Camp SUV, John Rutherford 1329 S. Meadowview Ave. Springfield, MO. 65804 
Phelps Camp has suffered a devastating loss. Greg Wait was both our brother in the SUVCW and a good friend.

Although a faithful member of Phelps Camp, I recall that Greg was more than a bit
reluctant when asked to serve as camp commander for the first time, several years ago.
Once elected, however, Greg took his duties very seriously, devoted considerable time, money and effort to the camp, and quickly became an outstanding commander.

In the wake of such a loss, we may be tempted to lose interest in camp activities. I
think Greg would be quite disappointed if we did so. He earnestly believed in the goals
of our organization, urged other members to do their utmost to support the SUVCW, and
asked for (and received) a great deal of support from our members. Greg would have
wanted us to continue the work of honoring those who saved the Union, with undiminished enthusiasm and determination.

To paraphrase Mr. Lincoln, one of Greg’s heroes, it is for us the living to be dedicated
to the unfinished work which he so nobly advanced, and be dedicated to the great task
remaining before us.

Jeff Patrick

“Jeff & Members of Phelps Camp:

I am very sorry to hear of the passing of Greg Wait. He was a good man, and an asset to
our organization. Please let me know his arrangements, and where condolences may be
sent. If there is anything I can do for your camp during this difficult time, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

With Deepest Sympathy,

Chris Warren, PDC
McCormick Camp # 215 – SUVCW”

“Past Department Commander Chris Warren forwarded your email message regarding the passing of Greg Wait.
This is sad news. Please accept my condolences to you and your camp brothers. Please
share my sincere sympathy to the family of Greg Wait.
I have heard and seen a lot of information about Greg, and I was hoping to meet him in
person in a camp visit this fall.
If there is any information that you or the family would like to share please send it to
May the word of God and the salvation of our savior Jesus Christ provide comfort to you
and the family of Greg Wait.

In Fraternity, Charity, and Loyalty

Martin Aubuchon
Department of Missouri

“To the Phelps Camp: We will miss our friend. Greg was always a kind and gentle supporter of our Tent and we are very sorry for his loss.
Mary Whitney Phelps Tent #22, Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.”

NEXT MEETING:  The next meeting of Phelps Camp will take place at the Wilson’s Creek National Battlefield Visitor Center on Tuesday, October 2, 2012, at 7 p.m.
For the past several years, members who have attended the October camp meeting have
enjoyed a slice of excellent pecan pie, made by Nancy Clanton, in honor of Greg Wait’s
birthday. We will continue that tradition at our upcoming meeting, as we share our
memories of Greg. Nancy has generously offered to make several other varieties of
pie as well. Come celebrate the life and legacy of our recently departed camp commander.