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Richard A. Wangelin, M.D. of Mesa, Ariz., and formerly of Terre Haute, Ind., passed into the arms of his loving Father in Heaven at 2 a.m. Oct. 24, 2017, at Banner Baywood Hospital in Mesa, surrounded by his loving wife, Cleda Lynn Wangelin, his daughter, Cleda "Richelle" Feigin, and his favorite Hoosier buddy. He died of congestive heart failure. He was so tired. He went to sleep peacefully. Richard was born to Richard S. Wangelin and Betty K. Wangelin on July 27, 1942, in Charleston, W.Va. Dr. Wangelin was a board certified Ophthalmologist who served the Wabash Valley communities of Terre Haute and Sullivan through his private practice and the Trinity Eye Foundation, giving "The Gift of Sight" to many generations.
Richard graduated from Purdue University with honors as an undergraduate in Pre-Medical Studies. He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from Indiana University Medical School in Indianapolis and completed a relating internship at Methodist Hospital.
He then married Cleda Lynn Peters of Belleville, Ill., in Greencastle, where Cleda was serving as Dean of Women at DePauw University.
The family then moved to Cleveland, where the Doctor studied ophthalmology (eye medical and surgical residency at the Cleveland Clinic for a period of four years.
The Wangelins have one daughter, Cleda "Richelle" Wangelin Feigin, Ph.D., who was born in Ohio during his residency. Terre Haute was chosen as the home for his private practice. He was well known for his expertise in cataract and implant surgeries and for his loyalty and compassion to his patients.
He is survived by his wife; daughter, Cleda Richelle who married Andrew Feigin in New Jersey and later moved to Mesa, where they now reside with their precious children, Brooke Renee age 14 and Evan Alexander age 11. He also is survived by his brother, Dr. Robert Wangelin and his wife Diane of Greensboro, N.C.; and a niece and nephew, Brittany and Christopher. Other loving family members living near Mesa are Scott and Lauren Mims and their two boys, Joshia and Elijah.
His natural intelligence led him to flight school and a pilots license with all the instrument ratings. He and Cleda flew all over the U.S. in their Cessna 210. Soaring above the hills and valleys was their passion. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserves after six years.
Richard was preceded in death by his mother and father of Wilmington, Del.; and his grandfather, Dr. Albert Jones of Rocky River, Ohio, who showed Richard the path to the ethical practice of medicine. He is survived by his devoted wife, Cleda Lynn Wangelin presently residing in Las Sendas, Mesa.
Dr. Wangelin belonged to numerous Christian organizations and Medical Societies including the American Board of Ophthalmology, where he was a "Fellow" (an honorable title of distinction). His family and friends have been so fortunate to have had him in our lives. May his memory be a blessing to all who knew him. He will be forever recognized for his intelligence, skill and integrity.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, at Roselawn Funeral Home. Services will be 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Richard will be laid to rest in Roselawn Memorial Park. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at:
Published on November 2, 2017
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