Wayne A. Weaver Wayne A. Weaver died December 9, 2012 surrounded by his loving family. Wayne was born in Gary, Indiana, January 8, 1924 to Bert E. and Emma Weaver. During WWII, he served in the US Navy as a flight crew member on a PBY. Wayne worked as the auto parts manager at Stan Lassen and Davis Buick. Through the years, he and his wife, Jane, opened a Day Care in their home and eventually became owners of the Wooden Heart Gift Shop upon his retirement. They raised champion Cairn Terriers and Poodles. Wayne was often seen out in his garden pampering his beautiful flower beds. He also enjoyed reading, crafts, photography, playing the organ, piano, and guitar, listening to music, dancing, and traveling on trains and planes. He loved aviation; flying sailplanes, building model airplanes, attending air shows, flying in vintage airplanes, gliders and recreational aircraft, and visiting air museums; especially the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo. He also enjoyed his little dog, Bandit. But most importantly, he enjoyed his family so much and loved spending time with them. Wayne met his bride of 60 years, Allie Jane Garrison, in Tennessee while vacationing with a friend. It was love at first sight and they married within 10 days. They had four daughters. Jane preceded him in death in April 2003. He was also preceded in death by his oldest daughter, Judy Garrison, sisters, Kathleen Frazier and Roma Hunsinger, a grandson, Kevin Borden; and recently, a special friend, Joan Eggers of Marshall. He is survived by daughters Sandy (Rich) Lam of South Carolina, Kathryn (Ed) terSteeg of Battle Creek, Debby Parks (Billy) of Marshall and an "adopted" son, Gary (Jan) Borden. Also, surviving are fifteen grandchildren and their spouses, and seventeen great-grandchildren, three sisters, Donna (Len) Waibel, Betty Hoyt, Carole Weaver, a brother, Richard (Winnie) Weaver, and the Joan Eggers family. The family wants to express their appreciation for the love, compassion and support shown to Wayne by the staff and residents at NorthPointe Woods, Bronson Battle Creek, and the Calhoun County Medical Care Center. Following cremation, a visitation will be held at Farley-Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Thursday, December 13, 2012. Military honors will be bestowed by Ft. Custer Honor Guard and he will be buried at Ft. Custer National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lifespan Good Samaritan Hospice Care or the Humane Society of South Central Michigan. Personal messages for the family may be sent to www.farleyestesdowdle.com.
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Dec. 11, 2012