Wayne W. Idso, 83, of rural Rochester, died Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family, of lung cancer.
Wayne Wendell Idso was born Feb. 19, 1930, in Alden, Iowa, to Torval and Minnie (Lehmeier) Idso. He moved with his family at the age of three to rural Stewartville, grew up on the family farm and attended rural school. He entered the U.S. Marine Corp
. in 1951, serving with the 3rd Marine Air Wing at Opa-Locka Air Base in Miami, Fla. Following his discharge in 1953, he returned home, farmed with his family and was employed with the Minnesota Department of Transportation for a few years. Wayne was married on June 6, 1956, at St. Francis Catholic Church in Rochester, to Suzanne M. Nicklay. Following their marriage, the couple lived in rural Stewartville and then moved to the Idso Family Farm where they raised their family. In 1964, Wayne and Suzanne developed part of the Idso farm and created Maple Valley Golf Course. In 1991, the Idso family purchased property in St. Charles and started the St. Charles Golf Course. Wayne, Suzanne and family continue to own and operate both courses. Wayne also consulted on the creation of other area golf courses through the years. Suzanne was an employee at Mayo Clinic in Rochester for 11 years.
Wayne was a member of the Moose Lodge 1114 in St. Charles, the Midwest Golf Course Owners Association, the MGA, and the Stewartville American Legion Post 164. He enjoyed golfing, playing cards, working and mowing on the golf courses. Most of all, he loved time spent with family and friends. Especially attending his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's school and sporting activities.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Suzanne; four daughters and two sons, Maureen (Bill) McMahon of Chatfield, Ivan (Mary) Idso of Rochester, Michele (Ken) Splittstoesser of St. Charles, Eric (Karen) Idso of Stewartville, Kersten (Gary) Danielson of Stewartville and Sabrina Menz of Rochester; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and his brother, Wesley (Joan) Idso of Chatfield.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, an infant son, Dwight and two brothers, Herbert and Dale Idso.
A celebration of Wayne's life will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, at St. Bridget's Catholic Church Fellowship Hall in Simpson.
A private family burial and committal service will take place Saturday, Sept. 28, at St. Bridget's Catholic Cemetery, with military graveside honors by the Stewartville American Legion Post.
The family requests memorials to the Eagle Cancer Telethon or the Wounded Warriors Project.
Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray Funeral Home in Stewartville. griffin-gray.com