Pine Village - Wayne J Whitlow, 71, of Pine Village, died at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at the St. Elizabeth East Hospital, Lafayette.
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Wayne was born on May 11, 1941 on the family farm in Pine Village. He was the son of the late Robert Elonzo and Ella Olive (Akers) Whitlow. He grew up in rural Pine Village and graduated from Oxford High School in 1959.
Wayne married Peggy Thomas in Pine Village on August 1, 1965. She survives.
Wayne served in the US Army from 1963-1965. He was a member of the American Legion Post 259 of Williamsport.
Wayne worked as a corn research technician in the Agronomy Dept. of Purdue University for 32 years, retiring in 1997. He was also a self-employed farmer all of his life. He had worked as the scorer for Henry's Speedway for over 30 years. He had also done scoring for the Rensselaer Speedway, Crown Point Speedway, Boswell Fairgrounds and Vermilion County Speedway in Danville, Ill.
Wayne loved all sports and played on many softball and bowling leagues. He was an avid Purdue fan and had served as an usher for the Purdue Men's Basketball games for over 15 years and was an assistant scorer for Purdue Women's Basketball for 10 years.
Wayne was a member of the Scottish Rite-Valley of Indianapolis and the Masonic Lodge F&AM #315 of Pine Village where he had served as a Past Master and as secretary for 21 years. He was a life member of the Pine Village Christian Church where he taught Sunday School for 10 years, was Superintendent for 20 years and served as elder and deacon since he was 18 years old. He had also served on the Pine Township Advisory Board since 1970.
Surviving along with his wife, Peggy of Pine Village are three children, Kelly (Ed) Racop of Lawrenceville, Ill., Jae Ann (Scott) Brier and Daryl Whitlow, both of Pine Village; and three special nephews and nieces, Jonathan (Sarah) Nern, Jordan (Nisha) Nern and Lindsay (Anthony) Pruitt, all of Pine Village.
Private family services will be held at a later date. The family asks that no food or flowers be sent; instead, please make contributions to the Pine Village Christian Church.
Condolences may be sent online at www.mausfuneralhome.com.
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Published in Fountain County Neighbor from Jan. 5 to Feb. 4, 2013