DOWNEY - Steven Kyle Waggoner, 57, died June 12 in Portland, Ore., with his family by his side.Born in Bell on May 19, 1954 to Paul and Margaret Waggoner, he graduated from Bell High School in 1972 and raised his family in Downey. He became a longtime employee at A-1 Surface Grinding in Huntington Park in the mid 1970s. In 1974, Waggoner would become owner of the company after the original owner settled into retirement. He ran the business until 2007 when he himself decided it was time to move on to other interests. An avid fisherman, he accompanied his father on many fishing trips as a child. In 2003, he became a licensed scuba diver alongside his daughter, Kimberly Waggoner. He ultimately retired to Portland in 2007, working with his sister, Caroline Thompson, and brother-in-law, George Thompson, refurbishing homes and managing the apartment complex where he also resided. He is survived by his daughters, Rebecca, and her husband, Todd, and their two children, Maisy and Maren; Kimberly, and her husband, Rigo, and their two children, Elijah and Evan; sisters, Caroline, and her husband, George, and their two children, Rex and Sean, and his wife, Deb, and their two children, Austin and Dillon; sister, Peggy, and her daughter, Erin, and her son, Elian; and Peggy's son, Ryan.
********** Published: June 16, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 9