Joan Waggoner

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Joan Elaine Waggoner, 76, of Belleville, IL, born January 8, 1946, in McKinney, TX, passed away Monday, November 21, 2022, at Memorial Hospital East, Shiloh, IL.

She was the daughter of W.D. and Iva Pearl Caudell. Joan and Ken Waggoner were married on June 27, 1970 and enjoyed fifty years of marriage together.

Joan and Ken knew each other since they were kids in Trenton, IL. Joan graduated from Wesclin High School in 1964. Joan went on to Eastern Illinois University and graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in Education. She started her teaching career that fall with Belleville School District #118. She dedicated herself to teaching the students at Henry Raab Grade School for approximately thirty-five years.

Joan was a Christian and loved to serve the Lord in her church Westview Baptist. Joan was athletic and enjoyed exercise and especially playing tennis. She was a wonderful person and cared deeply for her family as well as her friends and the community. Joan loved and was loved.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Ken; parents, W.D. and Iva Pearl Caudell; mother and father-in-law, H.R. and Ola Waggoner; a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Kathy Kegley; a nephew, Brent Kohlbrecher; and several aunts and uncles.

Surviving are son, Clayton and wife, Stephanie and grandson, Brock;
son, Wilson and granddaughter, Coraline;
aunt, Lynn Mullinex;
brother, Wil Caudell and wife, Jan;
nephew, Justin Caudell and wife, Carolyn;
two nieces, Christina Caudell and Brenna Kohlbrecher;
and many cousins.

23rd Psalm: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want; He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the path of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Memorials may be made to Belleville School District #118 Henry Raab School, or to the Charity of the donor’s choice. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit the family from 4 to 8 p.m. Sunday, November 27, 2022, and from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2022, at George Renner & Sons Funeral Home, Belleville, IL, with Rev. Doug Stewart officiating.

Burial will be at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, St. Louis, MO.



8 Comments on Joan Waggoner

Ron Becker said : Guest Report Nov 29, 2022 at 1:34 PM

For the family to lose both Joan &Ken within a 2yr period is certainly devastating. I only visited with Joan at several class of 1962 (Wesclin) reunions when she always came with Ken. She last attended on July 23, 2022, when she came alone to Trenton. After I spoke about Ken, then she added touching and sincere remarks of her own. What great & dedicated wife she was. I'm very sorry for your family's loss. Ron Becker Wesclin class 1962

  • Trenton
  • Illinois
Alice Hudson said : Guest Report Nov 28, 2022 at 10:07 AM

Joan was a classy lady but with a bit of spice.

  • IL
jeanette miles said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 9:29 PM

Sad to learn such a kind lady passed away. played tennis many years ago but still remember how much fun we had. peace be with you.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Joyce Hogue said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 8:28 PM

Joan and I were great friends at Wesclin since 7th grade--she was funny, full of energy, and smart. She was a wonderful athlete but also a "lady." We had so many memorable slumber parties and hilarious school adventures, including the speech and debate tournaments where she of course excelled. I am confident she was an exemplary teacher and know she loved her family life--it was a privilege to have been her friend.

  • Santa Rosa Beach
  • Fl
Melba King said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 3:52 PM

My prayers are with the family. My cousin Joan was a wonderful person and I know she will be missed deeply by all of her family.

  • Rowlett
  • TX
Brenna Kohlbrecher said : Guest Report Nov 27, 2022 at 10:27 AM

Clay and Wil I am deeply sorry for your loss. I loved my Aunt Joan very much she was always kind and always seemed interested in what ever people were saying to her. I know she will be very much missed by her family and friends.

  • Eureka Springs
  • AR
DiAnna Caudell Pinson said : Guest Report Nov 25, 2022 at 8:21 AM

My thoughts and prayers are with all the family, you have my deepest condolences. I'll never forget visiting in Illinois on a family vacation trip and we watched man land on the moon on TV together. Special memory to me.

  • Gun Barrel City
  • TX
Debbie and David Scharf said : Guest Report Nov 23, 2022 at 12:29 PM

Please accept our sincere sympathy….enjoyed your friendship during the soccer years.

  • Millstadt
  • IL

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