More than 800 gather for Waxenfelter funeral
A highway memorial has been set up at shooting site
More than 800 people attended the funeral service for Estacada resident and church elder Grady Waxenfelter.
The service was held Saturday, Feb. 15, at Estacada First Baptist Church. It was preceded by a procession of trucks from various entities.
Waxenfelter was shot to death at Highway 224 and Amisigger Road the morning of Thursday, Feb. 6.
The Clackamas County Sheriffs Office has named Dirck Morgan White, 41, of Edgefield, Wash., as the only suspect in the murder.
Waxenfelter had served as a Clackamas County weighmaster since 2005.
According to the Sheriffs Office, Waxenfelter had reportedly pulled White, who was working as a delivery driver for OMalley Brothers Trucking, over for hauling wood in a truck trailer without a license plate.
White allegedly shot and killed Waxenfelter.
During the funeral, military personnel honored Waxenfelter, who had served in the Army for about a decade.
Several relatives and friends spoke or had statements read during the service.
I have tried many times to make sense of all this, said Waxenfelters youngest daughter, Jeslyn. And many times Ive tried to deny his tragedy. But Ive come to my senses that heaven needed a hero and it was my hero. My dad was the most amazing man.
I knew people liked my dad but it wasnt until this awful tragedy I learned, indeed, everyone loves Grady, said Waxenfelters daughter, Alissa Cole.
I thank God for the memories we have: the pictures, the videos, the cards, the texts and the voicemails. But most of all, I miss him, Cole continued. There will forever be a void in my life. Shoes that will never be filled, a relationship that can never be replaced, future kids without their Grandpa.
Mayor and Estacada First Baptist Church Lead Pastor Brent Dodrill said it was a great celebration of Gradys life and that several federal and state dignitaries from the transportation department had been in attendance.
A video of the service is available at www.estacadafirstbaptist.org after the Youtube link.
A highway memorial of flowers and a cross bearing a photograph of Waxenfelter has been erected near Highway 224 and Amisigger Road, the site of the shooting.
Dirck Morgan White
White also is wanted for a weapons offense and is a suspect in a case involving the rape of a child in Pierce County, Wash.
He was last known to be driving a silver four-door 2004 Mercedes 320 with the Washington license plate ANB7070.
White is considered armed and dangerous, and police warn citizens not to engage him.
Any siting of White or his vehicle should be reported to 9-1-1 immediately, police say.
Clackamas County is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to Whites arrest. OMalley Brothers Trucking is offering another $2,500.
U.S. marshals have joined the Sheriffs Office in the manhunt for White.