As Mervin Bernard Waage, at 69, left us and went to be with the Lord on Christmas Eve, dad would want all to know that no one can be separated from Christ's love (Rom. 8:38-39). Born in Spirit Lake, Iowa, he made Denton his home. Anyone that knew Merv at all knew that he lived life large. His love of life and adventure drove him to love learning and travel. He especially enjoyed a trip to France where he helped prepare the 1st Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar presented in Paris.
Always the jokester, dad loved to tease folks and make them laugh. If you've ever been stumped by one of his well-turned sophisticated vocabulary phrases, you can relate. In all his interests, he was all about passion. As a voracious reader, he studied toward several degrees: Northwestern University, B.A. (in Minnesota), Texas Christian University, Southwestern Seminary, M. Div., Southern Methodist University, J.D. Arguably a theology degree seems a far cry from law, but an understanding of God's laws helps achieve justice in our laws and everyday lives.
While his career mainly focused on bankruptcy specialization, in his personal life he enjoyed learning and debating Christian apologetics. Other interests included singing operatic-style, which he shared at many family occasions as well as at special church performances.
Missed much by those who loved him, his larger-than-life presence will always be felt by those who knew him. Included in that list are his son Mark W. Waage; daughter Love Carola & son-in-law Dominic, along with their kids, Christoph and Marcus; his sisters' families, Darlene & Jim Marshall & their kids; Coleen Waage & her kids; his brothers' families, Mark E. & Rita Waage & their kids; Donald Waage and June & their kids; and Jon Waage. In Paradise, he joins his brother Duane and his father Bernard, a Baptist minister, along with his dear mother Pearl Waage.
Of all folks remember about him, one thing is sure. He prominently placed John 3:16 so that anyone coming through his office would not go through life without knowing what is most important. Memorial info to follow.