Donald "Wayne" Sengenberger
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November 10, 1943 - June 21, 2013
Donald "Wayne" Sengenberger, 69, passed away at his home in Nampa on June 21, 2013 with family at his side. Wayne was born November 10, 1943 in Waukegan, Illinois to Don and Helen Sengenberger where he grew up on the family farm as an only child. He helped care for hundreds of chickens, pheasants, and acres of orchards, and spent his free time reading science journals and enjoying the outdoors with his hunting dogs.
After graduating high school, Wayne left home and traveled out west to attend college in Colorado where he majored in anthropology. During the summers he worked at a museum and research center in New Mexico where he developed an interest in Native American culture and traditions. He earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Oregon and later moved to Idaho where he met Louise, his lifetime friend and wife of 40 years. Wayne was the Director of Junior Achievement in Boise for several years, and later worked for HP and Micron.
Wayne had many lifetime interests and enjoyed photography, storytelling, writing, shooting, and traveling. He was an accomplished accordion player and entertained many people with his wonderful music. Wayne was also passionate about promoting awareness of the Native American community and helped organize many local pow-wows. He enjoyed capturing the spirit of the celebrations and the heart of the people in his photos and embraced their traditional dancing, singing and drumming.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Louise, their three children Bob, John (Cheri), and Kellie, and his grandchildren Rena and Mac.
A memorial reception to celebrate Wayne's life will be held on Sunday, July 7, from 1:00pm - 3:00pm at his home in Nampa. Please call (208) 863-5278 for directions. Family, friends, and caregivers are welcome to attend. Please come to enjoy and share memories, stories, and photos about Wayne's life. Special thanks goes to the staff at St. Luke's and their Hospice program and DaVita Dialysis. Wayne was fond of all his caregivers. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The American Kidney Fund.
Published in Idaho Press Tribune on June 30, 2013