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Dickie Wayne Walden

Dickie Wayne Walden

DICKIE WAYNE WALDEN
Dickie Wayne Walden was born on January 10, 1940, to William and Gladys Rouse Walden. He was the fifth child.
Dick grew up in Hannibal, Missouri and attended elementary and high school in Hannibal.
In 1958, the Hannibal Church of the Nazarene was having a special revival service with Rev. Nettie Miller from Columbus, Georgia. During the revival he was invited to the services. During the meeting conviction gripped Dick’s heart and he went to the altar to be saved, forgiven of any and all sins ever committed. In same meeting on May 28, 1958, he gave his all to the Lord for however he desired to use him for the upbringing of God’s Kingdom here on earth and on May 29, in same meeting, he went forward to be sanctified wholly.
A few years later during his devotional time God directed him to Malachi 3:1 which says. “Behold I send My messenger” and God spoke directly to him saying, “I want you to be My messenger”. Dick said, “Lord here am I”, and Dick continued to be faithful to God.
Dick was united in marriage to Virginia C. Marks on July 6, 1961. To this marriage were born four children: Rachel Sue, Timothy, Raydeen, and Mark Paul.
Dick began his home studies so he would become an ordained elder with the Church of the Nazarene. His first pastorate was in Mountain View, Missouri for 2 years later; Harrison, Arkansas for 2 years; Montgomery City, Missouri for 2 years. Dick felt called to resign at the time and go to Colorado Springs, Colorado to attend Nazarene Bible College, from which he graduated in 1973.
With his faithful wife Virginia, their first pastorate was in Atmore, Alabama. Following a good ministry there, they moved East to Claxton, Georgia for 2 years. Dick completed all studies and was ordained elder in Atlanta, Georgia. They continued to pastor at Claxton and then moved to Fort Valley, Georgia for 3 years.
In 1979, they received a call to move to Burlington, Iowa; in 1981, they went to Creston, Iowa until 1985 when they were assigned to Sioux City, Iowa. They served in Sioux City for the remainder 18 years of active ministry to the Lord.
In 2011, Dick and Virginia moved to the Tingley & Mount Ayr communities. On March 9, 2024, Dick left this earthly life to forever be in the presence of his Lord & Savior.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years Virginia Walden of Mount Ayr, Iowa; children Rachel Sue Jones of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, Timothy (Carman) Walden of Lawton, Iowa, Raydeen Derscheid of Mount Ayr, Iowa, Mark Paul Walden, Sr of Des Moines, Iowa, 14 grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren; 4 siblings Kenneth of Bellville, Illinois, Jack Walden of Hannibal, Missouri, Russell Walden of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Linda Underhill of Hannibal, Missouri; and numerous other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Darrell, William Henry, Jr, Larry, and Michael.
Open visitation will be held at Armstrong Funeral Home on Thursday, March 14 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the family present from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the James O’Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal, MO. Burial will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Hannibal.

 

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