Wayne Dean DeMier, 73, of Monkey Island, OK, died October 6, 2012. Wayne was born October 19, 1938 in Fredricktown, MO to John and Geneva DeMier. He was the middle son, with older brother Merle John DeMier and younger brother Lacy Ray DeMier.
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He married his junior high sweetheart Patty Lou Collins on July 6, 1958 in Miami, OK.
Wayne graduated from Miami High School in 1956 and earned his Associates of Arts from Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College, Miami, OK, in May 1958. While living in Colorado, Wayne earned a Bachelor of Arts from Columbia College, Columbia, MO in December 1985 and a Master of Arts in Human Resources and Management from Webster University, St. Louis, MO in March 1987.
Wayne worked for Phillips 66 Petroleum Company as an accountant and auditor for thirty-five years, retiring in 1999. During his tenure, he earned several cost saving suggestion awards, including one in 1984 that saved Phillips 66 approximately $4 million and would continue to save the company $1.8 million per year.
Throughout his life, Wayne lived in Fredricktown, MO, Miami, OK, Bartlesville, OK, Centennial, CO and Monkey Island, OK.
Wayne was a member of the First Christian Church, Miami, OK and a Life Member of the Elks Lodge #1320, Miami, OK.
Wayne is survived by wife Patty, daughter Debra Diane DeMier Hubartt, her husband Jay Hubartt, of Keller, TX, their children Darin and Jacy, son Daniel Wayne DeMier, his wife Chrissy DeMier of Castle Pines, CO, their children Chase and Dawson. In addition, brothers Merle DeMier of Tahlequah, OK, Lacy DeMier, his wife Joila of Osceola, MO, brother-in-law LeRoy Collins, his wife Sallie of Miami, OK and several cousins, nieces, nephews and lots of friends.
His mother and father preceded Wayne in death.
Wayne served in the US Army and US Army Reserve from 1961-1966 in an artillery unit and was a decorated marksman. He was honorably discharged with the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6).
Wayne found tremendous joy spending time with his family. He loved watching their soccer games, dance recitals, baseball games and taking his grandchildren on golf cart rides around Monkey Island. He was an avid golfer.
Tribute by son Dan DeMier:
The New York Yankees gave him a tryout in 1958, but yesterday (October 6, 2012), Heaven's team drafted a great one. After surviving years with diabetes, three heart attacks and breaking his back in two places, he got a curveball he couldn't hit, following an outpatient orthoscopic surgery on his shoulder.
Wayne Dean DeMier
My Dad, My Coach, My Friend
Visitation will be on Friday, October 12, 2012 from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at Brown-Winters Funeral Home and Cremation Service.
Funeral Services for Mr. DeMier will be on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at the First Christian Church Chapel in Miami with Judge Sterling Lacy officiating. Interment will follow in the Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery in Miami.
Friends and family may send the family notes of encouragement by viewing Wayne's Tribute Page at www.brown-winters.com.
The family has asked that memorial contributions be made the
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Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Oct. 11 to Nov. 10, 2012