Wayne Northrop, 85, Egg Harbor, Wis., peacefully passed away on May 17, 2012, at Good Samaritan Society - Scandia in Sister Bay.
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The only child of Frank and Katherine, Wayne was born March 19, 1927, in Geneva, Ill. Wayne served in the United States Army from 1945 to 1948, then attended Coe College. In January of 1957, Wayne married Jeri Wilson; they raised two sons, Steve and Chris, in Wheaton, Ill. Wayne's career was as a banker with the Central DuPage Federal Savings and Loan in Wheaton.
Wayne's avocation was sports. Both professional - the Chicago Bears, Cubs and Bulls - and every sport his sons participated in - Wayne was a fan. He played golf, was an accomplished photographer and built amazing race car and model train tracks.
Upon Wayne's retirement in 1990, he and Jeri moved to Door County and built a home in Egg Harbor. Wayne loved retirement! He and Jeri joined the Peninsula Golf Association; they met many wonderful friends there.
Wayne also loved woodworking and fishing. He took all of his grandchildren fishing, but taught none of them to use a power tool! As a member of the Egg Harbor Lions Club, Wayne was one of the premier cashiers at festival brat frys for 20 years.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Jeri; both sons and their families, Steve and Kaaren Northrop, Fish Creek, children, Adam (wife, Maggie, daughter, Ivana), Sam and Regan, Chris and Carolyn Northrop, Batavia, Ill., children, Alison, Christopher and Kate.
Casperson Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.CaspersonFuneralHome.com. A celebration of Wayne's life will be held Saturday, May 19, from 4 to 7 at the home of Steve and Kaaren. Friends are welcome. Food and Taylor Golden Sherry will be served.
Memorials may be made to the capital campaign for Good Samaritan Society - Scandia in Sister Bay.
Wayne entered Birchwood at Scandia Village in May of 2011 and later moved into the care center. Wayne received exceptional care from everyone - the entire staff and volunteers did an incredible job caring for him. Wayne's funny, flirtatious personality was nurtured by the staff and often on display. From Wayne's family, we cannot thank you enough.
Published in Door County Advocate on May 19, 2012