Wayne Wallace Sibley, 79, of rural Greenfield, passed away on Friday, July 4, 2014, at his home.
He was born Jan. 8, 1935, in the family home in Kampsville.
He married Martha Hartwick in 1960 and she survives. Also surviving is a daughter Maria (Jon) Gegory of Jacksonville; a son Dan Sibley of St Louis; four grandchildren: Sarah (Seth) Stone, Andrea (fiance, Joe Besjack), Kelsey and Alex Pembrook. He was preceded in death by his parents: Elba and Tillie (Schumann) Sibley, an infant sister: Jean Marie, a brother: Urban "Cork" Sibley and a daughter: Molly Christine Sibley.
Wayne served his country in the U.S. Army. He was a retired towboat skipper. He started his career in 1953, becoming the youngest licensed pilot in Illinois. He worked most upper and lower rivers for over 45 years. He enjoyed American Indian relic and rock hunting in Calhoun County, Civil War history, riding motorcycles all his life and spending time with his family. He was an avid bird watcher and enjoyed wildlife as well as the family pets.
Private family services will be held. Memorials are suggested to the donors choice. Shields-Bishop Funeral Home in Greenfield is in charge of arrangements.
Shields-Bishop Funeral Home - Greenfield
604 Walnut St. Greenfield, IL 62044
Published in Jacksonville Journal-Courier on July 6, 2014