David John Waldock passed away peacefully at his home in Chehalis on May 11, 2022. He was born on Dec. 13, 1942 to Leo and Louise (Schultz), the second of five children in Cottage Grove, Oregon. The family moved to Chehalis where his father and uncle started a Coast to Coast Hardware store.
Dave attended St. Joseph Catholic School in Chehalis and graduated from St. Martin’s High School in Lacey in 1961.
Dave joined his father in 1964, formed a partnership in 1969, and took over as sole proprietor of Waldock Ace Hardware in 1983. He enjoyed a successful career as a respected businessman in downtown Chehalis until his retirement in 2007.
On Oct. 22, 1966, Dave married the love of his life, Gloria (Anderson) at St. Joseph Catholic Church. They built a beautiful life and family celebrating 55 years together.
Dave and Gloria had five children: Diane Waldock and Marc Osborn, Julie and Joe Cleary, JoAnne and Joe Enbody, Matthew Waldock, and Jennifer Olsen.
Dave enjoyed several vacations with the family including Hawaii and family reunions to North Dakota, New York and Virginia. The Inn of the Seventh Mountain was a treasured family summer vacation spot in Bend, Oregon. Dave was fascinated with trains, and his children planned an epic trip for their 40th wedding anniversary after the sale of the hardware store that began in Vancouver, B.C. across the Canadian Rockies to Banff, Canada. On a later train trip, he crossed the country with three of his kids from Washington state to Washington D.C. on the Amtrak Empire Builder.
Favorite places with his favorite friends include Coldwater and Mineral lakes with Bill Pemerl, Bud Hatfield, and his son Matt; Williams and Nadina lakes in Canada with Bill and Bud; the Willapa Hills with Carl Ulrich; and a lifetime of adventures with John Spahr.
Dave enjoyed hunting, fishing, and his beautiful home and yard. He was a devout and active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. He also served as the treasurer of the Claquato Cemetery Board for over two decades. He was a family-centered man who enjoyed hosting summer barbecues, holidays, and cheering on the Mariners, Seahawks, and Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Dave was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Louise, and his brother Dennis Waldock.
Dave is survived by his wife Gloria; sister MaryBeth Forrest; brother Tom and his wife Angie; sister Ann and her husband Denny Donovan; his five children; and seven grandchildren: Christine and Aaron Stalcup, Joey and Tia Enbody, JC Cleary, Jacob Cleary, Grace Olsen, Ava Olsen and Ella Olsen.
There will be a funeral Mass for David at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Chehalis followed by a reception at the Newaukum Valley Golf Course.