About Gene and JoAnn Waddell

Gene and JoAnn WaddellSide-by-side, Gene and JoAnn Waddell raised a family and built a successful business. They were high school sweethearts who married in 1960 and had little more than a dream when their journey began.

The young couple raised a family and built a thriving business, Waddell's Metal Recycling, located in Blue Grass, Iowa. Years later, when their business grew beyond all that they had imagined, Gene and JoAnn knew they wanted to share their good fortune with others.

JoAnn and Gene were separated by his death from Lou Gehrig's Disease in 2000. JoAnn cared for Gene at the end of his life, just as she had done as his loving wife and partner during their 40 years of marriage. When she grew weary, JoAnn was grateful for the care, compassion and support she received from Genesis Hospice. Before her own death in 2014, JoAnn learned of the significant impact her giving made in the health and well-being of hundreds, if not thousands, of individuals in the region.

Thanks to her extraordinary vision and generous $1 million gifts to both the Genesis Cancer Center and Genesis Philanthropy, individuals and families throughout the region will receive quality health care services and compassionate end-of-life care.

The Gene and JoAnn Waddell Regional Fund for Hospice and Cancer Care was the inaugural Genesis Philanthropy population health fund and will serve to inspire many who share a similar vision for health and wellness.

Affiliate Foundations


DeWitt Community Hospital Foundation
Genesis Foundation
Mercer Foundation for Health

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