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Saturday, January 04, 2014
I was lucky to grow up in Shoreham and have your family as part of that community. I remember how active Lorraine and Wayne were in 4-H. Wayne helped me with many projects in conservation. I always felt welcome in their home as one of the neighborhood kids.
Saturday, January 04, 2014
I am very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. The stories Kim used to tell about her dad were always enjoyable.
Your family is in my prayers.
Sheri O'Brien
Friday, January 03, 2014
The memories I have growing up with my Grandpa are forever etched. May you and Grandma dance in heaven and celebrate the legacy you created. Rest in peace.
Friday, January 03, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was such a remarkable individual. I loved listening to Wayne and Carl Lehmann talk of their Ranger days. My Dad, who was in the 1st Battalion, B Company with Wayne, spoke of "Pop" with admiration.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
I had the opportunity to meet and visit with Wayne for parent-teacher conferences in the early 70's when his daughter was in an elementary class I taught in Rossman School. He was a very impressive and interesting man.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
We were so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. In reading his obituary I realized that there were a lot of things I didn't know about him. What an interesting life. I think your mom was maid of honor for my mom on Jan. 1, l946 and didn't realize that Wayne and Lorraine married the next day. We always enjoyed seeing your folks at the family reunion in Aug. Usually they arrived in an RV and had lots to tell about their adventures. Although we won't be able to attend the service on Sat. our thoughts and prayers will be with you as you celebrate his life.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
I met Wayne in Helsinki after his visiting Finland sometime in 1990 or later, he was researching his relatives in Finland. They live in the north of Finland. Wayne stay one night with us. And we had Great time. It was also great to help him, what he was doing. I will miss him. Reijo Makela, Helsinki Finland. Honorary Member of The ranger Battalions Association WWII. THE Artist of Ronald L.Lane´s book Rudder´s Rangers.
Thursday, January 02, 2014
My husband Gerry and I met Wayne about 5 years ago when we attended our 1st Ranger Reunion at Ft. Benning GA. We had been asked to keep an eye out for Wayne when we arrived at Atlanta Airport and help him get to the hotel. We waited and waited in the baggage claim area before we went to the shuttle bus. After we were on the bus a few minutes, here came this elderly man in a wheel chair surrounded by a family of 8 who were helping him find his shuttle bus. He was smiling and all were laughing. I found it amazing he was traveling so far alone. He got on the bus and we had a 100 mile ride to Columbus GA. I sat and listened to Wayne tell my husband of his Anzio experience. Wayne and my father were captured on the same day and both were sent to stalag 2b. Although we did not know Wayne for very long, he was a treasure to meet and we enjoyed seeing him at other reunions. Rangers Lead The Way!
and may he rest with God.
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
It was just two short months ago Wayne was discussing how he was going to go to some southern state for the winter. He didn't know yet what state, how he would get there exactly, or what he would do once he arrived. He was 98 soon to be 99 and he was still planning life. Always be planning your next adventure!
Wednesday, January 01, 2014
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Pam.
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
a formidable man and father of my dear cousins. my dad, Gordon, was the first to go in 1968, and Wayne the last. we had wonderful times visiting the family in Detroit Lakes. i enjoyed talking to Wayne especially in later years, and it is sad to think that era is over. love to all the Wayne's
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Uncle Wayne was truly an American hero from the Greatest Generation ever. And the last of a great clan of aunts and uncles. We send our sympathies to the family and regret that we will not be at the funeral.
Our love to all, Jack & Sandy Trump, St. Louis Park, MN
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
I am sorry we are out of town until after the funeral. Wayne was one of the original Darby's Rangers. Captured in Italy and then escaping near the end of the war. He was always interesting to spend some time with. A true American Hero. He will be missed.
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