Luther Wayne Gladney, 83, of Columbia passed away Wednesday, June 8, at home.
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A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 18, at Parker Funeral Service, 22 N. Tenth Street, Columbia, MO.
Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
Wayne was a hard worker from an early age on his parents' dairy farm and owned restaurants in Columbia-G&G, Max's Campus Snack, Ernie's Steak House, Farmer's Café, White House, Salt and Pepper Lounge and others. In "retirement" he was known as The Wood Man, rural mail delivery man, Meals on Wheels driver and FedX expedite driver.
Wayne was the devoted dad of Suzanne (Alan) and Rebecca (Eddie); grandpa of Charlie (Bobbi), Elizabeth (Katie) and Sarah (Pat) and great granddad of Mary, Patrick, Joseph, John and Ruth. He married Betty June Graves and knew the joys of a perfect match for 62 years. Together they gave love, attention, advice and wisdom to their daughters and granddaughters.
The fanily says, "Our love for Dad surpasses every measure except the love he had for us." He was devoted to his family and took joy in working and talking to everyone he met.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Meals on Wheels, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, MO 65201 or Ronald McDonald House, 2501 Cherry, Kansas City, MO 64108.
Online condolences may be left at www.parkerfuneralservice.com.
Published in Boonville Daily News from June 17 to June 24, 2011