He was born May 5, 1924, in Des Moines, Iowa, to Alvin Chester and Lulu Vesta Ni-swonger Waldrup. He and Esther Shirrell were married June 20, 1948, at First Church of God in Cape Girardeau, with the bride's grandfather, J. H. Shirrell, officiating.
Truman was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force, serving three years during World War II and participating in the South Pacific and the occupation of Japan as a radio operator on a B-24 Bomber.
He was a journeyman electrician for 10 years and worked for Cape Ready Mix, Rose Con Pipe and Rose Concrete for a combination of 33 years.
He was a member of Breakfast Optimists, International Brother-hood of Electrical Workers, Jaycee's, and was an Eagle Scout. He was also a member of the Unity Quartet and First Church of God, where he served as a Sunday school teacher, superintendent, choir director, treasurer and board member.
Truman's love for sports and the outdoors included bowling, tennis, golf, hunting, gardening (especially tomatoes), fishing with anyone that would go anytime, and he ran the Boston Marathon at age 62.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 63 years; a son, Truman "Butch" Waldrup II, of Dexter, Mo.; a daughter, Cindy LeGrand, of Kelso, Mo.; two brothers, Raymond Waldrup of Kelso, Mo., and Cecil Waldrup of Springfield, Mo.; a sister, Jo Ann George, of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Truman III, Whitney, Brian, and Blake; and seven great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother and a sister.
Visitation will be from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 31, 2012, at Ford and Sons Mt. Auburn Chapel. Funeral services will be at 11:30 a.m. at the funeral home with Rev. Cecil L. Waldrup and Rev. Ronald E. Knapp officiating. Burial will follow at Cape County Memorial Park Cemetery with full military honors by the Missouri Honor Team.
The family requests donations be sent to the First Church of God Building Fund at 500 Emerald Street, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 63701.