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Waddoups, C. Jeffrey
Served 8/80-5/82 in Kouvola, Kajaani, Espoo
Home: Henderson, Nevada
Married, 2 children
I am an Associate Professor of Economics at UNLV doing teaching labor economics and statistics and doing research on the impact of unions on wages and other wor king conditions in the hotel-casino industry. Not to mention, of course, trying to raise two children ages 13 and 5.

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Wade, Robert Graham
Served 2/58-7/61 in Hämeenlinna, Lappeenranta, Tampere, Turku
Married, nine children
Bob passed away on Dec. 30, 1995, following a year-long battle with tongue cancer. He served as mission president in Finland from 7/72-7/75. Served as stake president of Lodi, CA Stake, 10/77-6/86, worked for CES as Area Director of Northern Plains at time of death. Faye would love to hear from anyone who served with Bob. My son, Rob, is compiling a history and would appreciate any special experience you may have shared with Bob. Thanks!
--Faye J. Wade

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Wahlquist, Zack
Served 2/96-2/98 in Kajaani, Turku, Helsinki (Office), Espoo
Home: Orem, Utah
Studying International Law and Diplomacy at BYU.

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Walch, Spencer D
Served 9/86-9/88 in Turku, Jyväskylä, Äänekoski, Vaasa, Kotka, Oulu, Helskinki
Home: Glendale, California
I married Melissa Heym, who served in the France Marseille Mission. I am an attorney in Pasadena, California, and apparently I have too much time on my hands as I am submitting this entry while I am at work!

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Walimaa, Eric James
Served 7/83-2/85 in Hyvinkää, Hämeenlinna, Kerava, Kouvola, Pietarsaari
Home: Phoenix, Arizona
Married with three children (2 girls & 1 boy).
Operate my own Aerospace manufacturing company.
Have been working within scouting program in the church since 1988.

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Wall, Edwin Earl
Served 8/49-2/52 in Lahti, Oulu, Pori, Kokkola, Kotka
Home: South Ogden, Utah
Married, 6 children
Slowing down, I only have 2 jobs now! I have 15 grandchildren.

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Weaver, Birdie Lou (formerly Downs)
Served 8/74-2/76 in Helsinki, Tampere, Lappeenranta
Home: Fruit Heights, Utah
Married, 4 children
After returning from my mission, I earned my Masters Degree in Speech and Language Pathology. I currently work part-time at a local elementary school. I am the proud mother of four wonderful children and one husband. I have served in every auxillary in the Church and am currently in the Relief Society.

Webster, John A.
Served 6/89-6/91 in Hyvinkää, Lappeenranta, Viipuri (Vyborg), Tallinn
Finnish and Russian speaking
Home: Honolulu
Finished my MA at University of Arizona, got married, and am now working in Hawaii as an Air Force Intelligence officer.

Weeks, Joseph
Served 6/72-6/74 in Savonlinna, Mikkeli, Helsinki, Turku and Pori
Home: Salt Lake City
Married, 3 children
Materials Research at Technical Research Associates
Check out some of the Finnish Web Sites, for example

White, David Enoch
Veli White: Your e-mail address,, is no longer working. Please let me know when you get a new address.
Served 1/92-12/93 in Kerava, Hämeenlinna, Rovaniemi, Oulu, Joensuu
Home: Provo

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White, Jill (formerly Gassaway)
Served 9/94-4/96 in Kuopio (twice), Marjaniemi, Haaga
Home: Corvallis, Oregon
My husband, Bernt, will be attending Dental school at Oregon Health Sciences Universities (Portland, OR) this August. I hope to finish my degeree at PSU. Maybe we will even start our family or something crazy like that!

White, Scott
Served 6/94-7/96 in Rovaniemi, Turku, Helsinki
Home: Provo

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Wilcox, Wayne N., Jr.
Served 2/76-3/78 in Oulu, Helsinki, Haaga, Pori, Tampere
Home: Marysville, Washington
Married, 6 children
Supervisor in Quality Assurance Department, at Boeing. Currently serving as the second counselor in the Marysville, WA Stake Presidency.

Wilson, William A. (Bert)
Served 11/53-5/56 in Pori, Kokkola, Oulu, Hämeenlinna, Jyväsklyä
Home: Provo
Married, 4 children
Professor of English and Scandinavian Studies, Brigham Young University (I have also taught at Utah State University). On 1/1/97, I will retire from BYU, where, over the years, I chaired the English Department (6 years), directed the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies (5 years), developed the BYU Folklore Archive, and originally developed and taught the course in Finnish literature and culture for returned Finnish missionaries. I published FOLKLORE AND NATIONALISM IN MODERN FINLAND early in my career and continue to study and write about Finland--I have an article coming out this month on the cultural/political world of Jean Sibelius.
I am married to the former Hannele Blomqvist of Lahti. Of our four children, three served missions in Finland--the fourth in Japan.
I have served in the church as a teacher (many times), High Priests Group Leader, High Councilor, Bishop, and Temple Ordinance Worker. My Finnish mission continues to be the starting point of most things good in my life.

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Wimberley, Vickie
Served 12/78-5/79 in Helsinki

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Wiser, Paul Gregory
Served 10/70-10/72 in Valkeakoski, Nokia, Helsinki, Myyrmäki area, and Mission Office
Home: Logan, Utah
Married, 5 children
Working in meat packing business at E.A. Miller, Hyrum UT. My wife Nancy is having a new baby on June 24th, 1997. We lost a sweet daughter in a moter vehicle accident in July 1996. She was six years old. We enjoy our children, and know that families are forever. The Gospel; the Good News, is true!

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Wittwer, John R
Served 1/67-7/69 in Lahti, Lappeenranta, Joensuu (13 mos.), Jyväskylä, Kuopio, Office
Home: Sweet Home, Oregon
Married, 2 children
After under-grad degree, returned to Finland as Rotary Foundation Scholar for academic year at U. of Helsinki and returned to U.S. with and married the former Mirja Jauhiainen (of Kuopio Branch). Now in private law practice and work part-time as municipal judge.

Wood, Shane
Served 5/80-5/82 in Tampere, Pietarsaari, Lahti, Oulu
Home: Kemmerer, Wyoming
Married, 3 children
Playing Dad, enjoying the dogs and horse. Working for the power company as a Lab Technician.

Woodward, Don C.
Served 10/56-4/59 in Jyväskylä, Lahti, Helsinki, Tampere and Oulu
Home: Bountiful, Utah
Married, three children
Deseret News managing editor

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Woolley, Gordon R., Jr.
Served 2/49-7/51 in Jakobstad, Nykarleby, Vasa, Larsmo
Swedish Speaking
Home: Corvallis, Oregon
Married, 6 children
Retired and enjoying it.

Wright, Kenneth E
Served 11/63-5/66 in Savio, Mikkeli, Hameenlinna, Turku, Kotka, Lahti
Home: Idaho
Married, 5 children
High school mathematics teacher & tennis coach



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