Richard Wayne

Richard Stacey Wayne July 12, 1929 ~ Nov. 2, 2013 Resident of Pleasant Hill, CA The Reverend Richard Stacey Wayne died of natural causes in Walnut Creek, CA, on November 2, 2013, at age 84. He was born in San Antonio, TX, on July 12, 1929, a son of Wallace Alexander Wayne and Helen Lenore Burkett. His family moved to Oahu, HI, in November 1940 and was living at Hickam Airfield when the Japanese attacked in December 1941. Evacuated to the mainland with his family, Richard attended middle and high schools in Schenectady, NY, where his father was stationed during World War II. After graduating from high school in Stockton, CA, Richard, a Marine Corps reservist, was called up during the Korean War and took part in the Inchon Landing in 1950. Wounded, he was sent to the Mare Island Naval Hospital to recuperate, where he was awarded the Purple Heart. Deeply affected by the suffering he had seen in Korea, Richard resolved to study for the ministry so that he could help people in need. He especially hoped to work in mission churches. He graduated from College of the Pacific (now University of the Pacific) and the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselm, later receiving a Doctor of Ministry degree in 1977. His thesis subject was the Pima Indian wake service. He was ordained a Presbyterian minister and served at churches in Oakland, Oregon; Avenal, CA; Bakersfield, CA, Sacaton, AZ (on the Pima Indian Reservations); Barrow, AK; Craig, AK; and Meadville, PA, retiring from the ministry in 1992. Survivors include children of Richard and his first wife, Margie Moore Wayne: John Wayne, Diana Wayne, Caroline Winklepleck (Sheldon), Kathleen Reeves (Randy), James Wayne, and Thomas Wayne. Also surviving are Richard's sister Betty King, six grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, and thirteen nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Albuquerque, NM, where his second wife, Dolores Wayne is buried. A Memorial Service celebrating Richard's life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on November 23 at the Lafayette-Orinda Presbyterian Church.

Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 8, 2013