Wayne E. Tennant, 94, of Loveland, Colorado passed away on March 30, 2013 at McKee Medical Center. He was born June 16, 1918 to parents John Leonard and Emma Tennant, on a farm a few miles from Ansley, Nebraska. He attended a one room school house for about five years and graduated from Broken Bow, Nebraska High School in 1935. Wayne was drafted into United States Selective Service, U.S. Army in February, 1941 to serve one year. WW II changed this duty as he was sent to Armored Force Officer School and graduated as 2nd LT. in 1942. He was sent to Tank Destroyer Unit and remained with them until end of WW II. Wayne landed on Utah Beach, France in July 1944 and participated in all five European Campaigns. He was a company commander and received many awards including the Purple Heart and Bronze Star. His unit received Croix de Guerre from France and Belgium; and The Presidential Unit Citation with Oak Leaf Cluster which is the highest award given by the President of the United States. After his military service, he started his career in the Engineering Dept. of Los Angeles Harbor from which he retired in 1978. He worked five more years in management for a construction company in Los Angeles before retiring again in 1983 and moving to Loveland, Colorado. He was a member of many organizations including: 25 years in Elks Lodge; Loveland Cosmopolitan Club; Veterans of Battle of the Bulge. He was a lifetime member of the disabled Veterans Association; Veterans of Foreign Wars; American Legion; and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. He was a President of the 705th Tank Destroyer Association and Past Governor of 11th Armored Division Association. Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Norma Tennant; loving companion and domestic partner Jean Hubbard; and a sister Ruby Holcomb. He is survived by his daughter, Debbie Tennant Tesoriero and husband Larry of Loveland; sister, Peggy Miller of Loveland; grandchildren, Wayne Tesoriero and wife Kathy and Richard Tesoriero and wife Pam; five great grandchildren; nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held on Wednesday at 2:00p.m. at the Loveland First Baptist Church. Interment will follow the funeral service at Resthaven Memory Gardens with Military Honors provided by the Associated Veterans of Loveland. Viewing will be held at the Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home on Tuesday from 3 - 5:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the National WW II Museum in care of Kibbey-Fishburn Funeral Home, 1102 N. Lincoln Ave., Loveland, CO 80537.
Published in Loveland Reporter-Herald on Apr. 2, 2013