GREENVILLE - Wayne E. Bertram, 84, of Greenville, Ohio, went peacefully to be with his Lord and Savior on July 4, 2014. He was surrounded by family and friends in the final days of his life.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents Sherman and Lois Bertram. Wayne, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict, was born in Toledo, Ohio, on Feb. 25, 1930, and raised in Monticello, Ky.
Wayne was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Camden, Ohio and was a strong believer in Christ. He accepted the Lord as Savior in July 1954, after hearing the sermon, "Payday Someday" by R.G. Lee.
Wayne spent his career working for the United States Postal Service, first as a clerk then as president of the Dayton Local of the American Postal Worker's Union (APWU) until 1977. He then served as a National Business Agent for the APWU until 1995 when he retired.
Wayne is survived by his wife of more than 54 years, Edith Lamons Bertram, children Lesia Bertram, of Greenville, Ohio, Douglas (Catherine) Bertram, of Arcanum, Ohio, and Leticia (Richard) Miller, of Greenville, Ohio. His grandchildren, Ashley (Bertram) Todd and husband Brian, of Costa Rica, Elizabeth (Miller) Davis and husband Clint, of Wilder, Kentucky, Stacy (Bertram) Berry and husband Chris, of Fort Mitchell, Kentucky and Victoria Miller, of Greenville, Ohio, as well as one great-granddaughter, Emma Todd. He is also survived by three sisters Vera Burke, of Chrisney, Ind., Loretta Catron, of Monticello, Ky., and Janice (Lawrence) Carrender, of West Chester, Ohio, and brother Paul Bertram, of Monticello, Ky. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the radiology nurses of Good Samaritan Hospital in Dayton, Ohio, State of the Heart Hospice of Darke County, Ohio as well as Dr. John Studebaker of Greenville, Ohio, for their outstanding and compassionate care during Wayne's illness.
There will be a service held on Wednesday at 12 p.m. at First Southern Baptist Church, 35 N. Liberty St., Camden, Ohio, with Dr. Greg F. Jackson officiating. Burial will be in the Abbottsville Cemetery at approximately 3 p.m. Family will receive friends on Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home, Greenville, as well as from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday at church. It is the wishes of the family that memorial contributions be given to the Wounded Warrior Program. Wayne's eternal home will be in Heaven. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com