Wayne McMeans passed away Monday June 11, 2012 at home with his family by his side. He was born October 3, 1938 in Stonewall, Oklahoma, to J. B. and Rose (Moshier) McMeans. As a young boy his family moved away from their Oklahoma roots to reside in Sunnyside, Washington where they successfully trained rodeo and race horses.
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Wayne joined the Rodeo Cowboys Association in the 1950's and after that moved to Satus Creek to fulfill his dream of raising cattle. While participating in the 1961 Pacific International Horse Show and Rodeo Wayne met Cindy Rainwater and, on October 20, 1962, they were married in Kirkland, Washington. His dearly loved daughter, Lisa, was born in 1965 and the family moved to the Fairview area, northeast of Ellensburg, Washington, to pursue their dreams of raising cattle and Thoroughbred horses. In addition to his passion for the land and ranching, he worked for Superior Livestock Auction as their Northwest Representative. Wayne loved helping young people and spent four years assisting the Washington State High School Rodeo Association while Lisa was participating. Wayne was a talented calf roper, a Gold Card member of the PRCA and served on the board of directors for the Washington Thoroughbred Breeders Association. Wayne was extremely proud of his son-in-law Bill Lawrence's ability to train liberty horses and spent many hours watching and sharing family stories. Wayne enjoyed golfing, with his special buddies, and hunting and fishing with his grandson.
Wayne is survived by his wife Cindy, daughter Lisa (Bill) Lawrence, grandchildren; J. W. Bach, Jessica and Kaylee Lawrence, his brother; Bob McMeans, sister-in-laws; Susan (Michael) Malinosky and Pat McMeans, his nephews; Bobby McMeans, Kenny (Elizabeth) McMeans, Michael McMeans, Jim (Rita) Bergevin, Jesse (Eileen) Bergevin, Jon (Julie) Bergevin, Joe (Katy) Bergevin, Jake (Christina) Bergevin and Jeremy (Renee) Bergevin, his nieces; Cheryl McMeans, Kelly (Erin) Scott and Jeanne Malinosky. Additionally many loving cousins and special friends survive him. His parents and his brother Bill McMeans preceded him in death.
In accordance with Wayne's wishes, there will be no services. Memorials may be made to the
or the Kittitas Valley Hospice Program in care of Brookside Funeral Home 101 E 2nd Ave Ellensburg, WA 98926. Brookside Funeral Home is entrusted with arrangements.
Published in Daily Record from June 15 to June 22, 2012