Wayne L. Mann passed away peacefully Nov. 13, 2012, at his home surrounded by his family.
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Born Aug. 23, 1934, to Jack and Lucille Mann of Deer River, Minn., Wayne was the fourth oldest in the family of six siblings. He and his brothers and sisters were raised by their grandma, Shannon.
Looking for adventure, Wayne and his two closest friends drove the Alcan Highway in the spring 1955. No stranger to hard work, Wayne soon found employment at Sig Wold Moving and Storage for a couple years, before returning to Minneapolis, where, on March 15, 1958, he married Roberta "Bobbie" Bell. They returned to Fairbanks in April 1958, where they raised their family and met many wonderful friends.
Wayne's lifelong passion for big rigs and anything with wheels began while he was a Teamster at Garrison Fast Freight, which later became Consolidated Freightways. He retired as a dispatcher with the company at the early age of 52, to further pursue his passion. Wayne built "The Shop" where he spent his waking hours tinkering on heavy equipment, restoring old cars and doing snow removal for local businesses. He especially enjoyed visiting with his buddies. He belonged to the Good 'Ole Days Club, where a handshake over a cup of coffee was the only requirement needed to close a deal.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Bobbie Mann, of Fairbanks; children, Kim (Mike) Fisher, of Fairbanks, Kelly (Craig) Hughes, of Fairbanks, and Kari (Rob) Ramsey, of Washington.
Wayne also leaves grandchildren, Micaela Fisher, Emily and Claire Hughes, Mason, Morgan and Landon Ramsey, Eilish Saunders, Bella Evans, and Emilia Monroe; his brothers, Ernie Mann and Jack (Judy) Mann, and sisters, Florence Smith and Loretta Bemis, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Wayne touched many lives over the years. He had a heart of gold and he enjoyed the company of everyone he met, especially his shop buddies - too numerous to mention - as well as his nephew, Randy Mann; niece, Judy Patterson; great niece, Breanna Klann; and longtime friend, Harold Dunham.
He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Louise, as well as lifelong friend, Bob "Brother" Barnes. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Fairbanks Memorial Hospice in memory of Wayne Mann.
At Wayne's request, there will be no funeral services. Instead, there will be an informal gathering from 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, at "The Shop."
Arrangements entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home
Published in Daily News-Miner on Nov. 16, 2012