Truman D. Wingfield

10/21/1925 — 05/30/2006

From Richland, WA, US | Born in Okolona, Arkansas

Truman D. Wingfield

Truman went to be with the Lord Tuesday morning, 5/30/06. He was born to William W. and Maggie Wingfield in Okolona, Arkansas 10/21/25. Truman spent his younger years on a farm in Arkansas and Missouri and at 15 his family moved to Denver. In Dec. 1942 at age 17 he joined the Navy and served in the Pacific aboard the USS Ajax. While on leave December 1945 he met the love of his life Carolyn Harper. They were married March 1947. Later that year they moved to Richland and Truman worked at Hanford until 1974. In the early years Truman and family were members of Southside and Westside Churches. Truman was a life member of the Richland Masonic Lodge serving as Master in 1972 and was also a Scottish Rite Mason and a Shriner.

Truman left Hanford in 1974 and went to work for Pacific Power & Light. They moved to the cabin they built on Mill Creek outside of Walla Walla. Many family memories were created and enjoyed in that little cabin on Mill Creek and all who spent time there remember the warmth and care that Truman and Carol gave to all who visited. Truman joined the Walla Walla Kiwanis Club where he eventually served as president of the Club and for his many hours of voluntary work at Camp Kiwanis he was given the George F. Hixson Fellow Award. This was the first time the award was given to a Walla Walla Kiwanian. After the 1996 flood they moved back to Richland to be near family and they had another ten years of good times at their home in Richland.

Truman enjoyed his service to the Churches he attended. His desire for fellowship with his Christian brothers and sisters was matched by his love of family and the time he dedicated to visit and spend time with his loved ones. He was an Elder at First Presbyterian Church in Walla Walla, and was elected to the board of Deacons at Richland Baptist Church. He loved Richland Baptist, the whole congregation there and especially his relationship with the Lord. The Lord touched Truman’s heart on an Emmaus Walk in 1982 and he was active in this ministry for over twenty years. One of his greatest triumphs was to overcome his fear of public speaking by agreeing to lay direct Emmaus Walk # 132 in Clarkston Idaho. For this men’s retreat the Lord gave him the theme “Here I am Lord”. His scripture for the retreat was Isaiah 6:8, Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, ''Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?'' And I said, ''Here am I. Send me!''. Truman lived that scripture and though his last years were slowed by pulmonary fibrosis, to his last day he would leap to serve the Lord and glorify His name. Truman cast a long shadow during his life and yet he rightly gave all the credit to his Savior, Jesus Christ. We miss you Truman and we’ll see you soon in Heaven.

Truman leaves behind his wife of 59 years, Carol, son Bill and wife Christa, son Mike and wife Linda, daughter Janelle and husband Grant McCallum, brother Royce Wingfield, eight grandkids, six great-grandkids, nieces and nephews and a host of friends. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, brothers Stewart Iwa Jima, Don and his sister Nancy Gray. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Richland Baptist Building Fund or Hospice. A Masonic Rites graveside service will be held at 10 am, Saturday June 3 at Sunset Memorial Gardens on the bypass in Richland Swift and Hwy 240 followed by a memorial service at 2:00 pm at Richland Baptist Church, 1632 George Washington Way, Richland.

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  • I remember Truman as a fellow Mill Creek-er and all the fun we had comparing notes about living on the upper end of Mill Creek, with bears and deers, etc. But in addition to Mill Creek I also remember Truman for his dedication to Walla Walla First Presbyterian Church and the hundreds of hours he put in at the church doing volunteer work. Especially all the hard work he did on the wheel chair lift to get handicapped folks into the sanctuary. Seems like every time he would get it fixed to meet the State Inspector’s demands, they would change the code requirements on him! Yet Truman persevered because he cared more about the needs of others than his own frustration with government regulations! A true Christian’s servant-heart.

    Mary B.

    Mary Bundy
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US
  • Dear Carol and Family,

    It is with sadness that I read about Truman’s passing. Yet, I rejoice in remembering his life and all the good he accomplished while on this earth. I well remember his wonderful smile and his willingness to offer his help wherever needed. I pray for your comfort and the peace that only comes from the moving of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

    With Love,

    Mary Stanton

    Mary Stanton
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US
  • Dear Carol, We are so saddened to learn of Truman’s passing. We have so many memories of your dear, kind husband. What a fine Christian gentleman! It was a great loss to this community when you two moved, yet it surely was a good move for you as you melded into the church in Richland and were near to family. We share with you the confidence that Truman is in Christ Jesus now, in a way beyond our comprehension…face to face. Oh, the beauty of it all! Thank you, dear Lord, for your servant, Truman, and for the Eternal Life that You offer us. With loving thoughts and memories of our times together in Young Life and First Pres, and prayers of peace and comfort for you, dear Carol. John and Elaine

    John and Elaine Reese
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, US
  • Carol, How well we also remember those wonderful times at the Mill Creek Cabin, the kids playing in the creek, picking blackberries up on the mountain, and even Wendy’s High School Senior pictures taken off your deck by the water. Those pictures live on as the ‘way it was’. Truman helped us wire our basement for Wendy’s new bedroom, way back when. How good he was to do that! We remember the care he took of the cabin and property at Tollgate with Warren Eggart for so many years. What faithful service! And, of course, Wendy sends her love and hugs from Peru and says she remembers all the nights she spent with you and Joy at your home when she was going to school at WSU Extension in Richland. Truman leaves big shoes to fill, and there may not be another one person who can fill them, because he did so much for so many, for so long. We will miss him. Pat and Jim King

    Pat and Jim King
    November 4, 2014
    College, Place, WA, US
  • I remember Truman as a fellow Mill Creek-er and all the fun we had comparing notes about living on the upper end of Mill Creek, with bears and deers, etc. But in addition to Mill Creek I also remember Truman for his dedication to Walla Walla First Presbyterian Church and the hundreds of hours he put in at the church doing volunteer work. Especially all the hard work he did on the wheel chair lift to get handicapped folks into the sanctuary. Seems like every time he would get it fixed to meet the State Inspector’s demands, they would change the code requirements on him! Yet Truman persevered because he cared more about the needs of others than his own frustration with government regulations! A true Christian’s servant-heart.

    Mary B.

    Mary Bundy
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US
  • Dear Carol and Family,

    It is with sadness that I read about Truman’s passing. Yet, I rejoice in remembering his life and all the good he accomplished while on this earth. I well remember his wonderful smile and his willingness to offer his help wherever needed. I pray for your comfort and the peace that only comes from the moving of the Holy Spirit in our hearts.

    With Love,

    Mary Stanton

    Mary Stanton
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US
  • Dear Carol, We are so saddened to learn of Truman’s passing. We have so many memories of your dear, kind husband. What a fine Christian gentleman! It was a great loss to this community when you two moved, yet it surely was a good move for you as you melded into the church in Richland and were near to family. We share with you the confidence that Truman is in Christ Jesus now, in a way beyond our comprehension…face to face. Oh, the beauty of it all! Thank you, dear Lord, for your servant, Truman, and for the Eternal Life that You offer us. With loving thoughts and memories of our times together in Young Life and First Pres, and prayers of peace and comfort for you, dear Carol. John and Elaine

    John and Elaine Reese
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, US
  • Carol, How well we also remember those wonderful times at the Mill Creek Cabin, the kids playing in the creek, picking blackberries up on the mountain, and even Wendy’s High School Senior pictures taken off your deck by the water. Those pictures live on as the ‘way it was’. Truman helped us wire our basement for Wendy’s new bedroom, way back when. How good he was to do that! We remember the care he took of the cabin and property at Tollgate with Warren Eggart for so many years. What faithful service! And, of course, Wendy sends her love and hugs from Peru and says she remembers all the nights she spent with you and Joy at your home when she was going to school at WSU Extension in Richland. Truman leaves big shoes to fill, and there may not be another one person who can fill them, because he did so much for so many, for so long. We will miss him. Pat and Jim King

    Pat and Jim King
    November 4, 2014
    College, Place, WA, US
  • Dear Carol and Family, Don and I have been out of town and returned mid-afternoon on June 3. We were saddened to read of Truman’s death. Please know that Don and I extend our sympathies to you. You and Truman were among the first people we met upon moving to Richland and we treasure those memories. Fondly,Joan and Don

    Joan and Don Thompson
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, US
  • Dear Carol and family,

    I was saddened to hear of Truman’s death; however, I know he is rejoicing with the Lord, for we are not like those without hope.

    I have fond memories of Truman and Carol on our pilgramage to Israel and Greece in 1994. We all had a wonderful time and Truman was such a gentleman and a true servant of the Lord.

    I was glad I ran into you, Carol and Truman this past year in one of the stores. It was a blessing to see you.

    May God bless you with his peace, strength, and love in the coming days.

    God Bless you and your family.

    Peggy Henry
    November 4, 2014
    Pasco, WA, US
  • We miss you Dad, but glad that we got to spend the last few days with you. You were the best dad ever.

    Bill & Christa Wingfield
    November 4, 2014
    Augusta, GA, US
  • It was with a great sense of sadness & loss when we learned of Trumans passing.

    I first became aquainted with Truman & his family when I started in the electrical field in 1954. I was an apprentice & he was one of my first journeymen.

    We have stayed in touch ever since,We were in the Masonic Lodge together,served on the same commitees, made several handrails for elderly members & made numerous visitations together.

    I will always treasure the many years of friendship we shared.

    Harold H. Galpin
    November 4, 2014
    Richland, WA, US
  • Carolyn, I am sorry about the loss of Truman. I did several project with Truman when he was active in the Kiwanis Club. He was such a wonderful person, always had a great smile. I am thinking of you in my thoughts and prayers.

    Pam Bond
    November 4, 2014
    Walla, Walla, WA, US
  • So sorry to hear about your loss , Truman was a great and careing person.He will be missed

    Earl&Loretta Brown
    November 4, 2014
    Kennewick, WA, US