WAYNE MICHAEL BAKKE, 56 LOVES PARK - Wayne Michael Bakke, 56, of Loves Park, died suddenly on March 21, 2013 in his home. Wayne was born on October 3, 1956, in Thief River Falls, MN, son of Richard and Phyllis (Anderson) Bakke. Wayne and Kim Adams were married in October 1995 and one of their happiest days was the birth of their daughter, Kenzie, the following year. He was his daughter's biggest fan; supporting her pursuits on and off the field. Wayne enjoyed the simple things in life: a well done rib eye, kayaking on the lake, long walks with the dog, sharing a good book, lending a hand when one was needed, shooting trap in the spring and fishing for Muskie in the fall, trying a new recipe out on his family. He was dedicated to his career at the Rockford Park District. He was a blood donor, giving over 10 gallons of blood, a member of the Wormsoaker Fishing Club, supported Pheasants Forever and Ducks Unlimited. His absence leaves a void not only in the lives of his family, but also in the lives of his friends and co-workers. He had a heart of gold! He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and son. Survived by his wife, Kim Adams-Bakke; daughter, Kenzie Bakke, both of Loves Park; mother and step-father, Phyllis and Roger Willms of Rockford; siblings, Douglas Bakke of Rockford, Bradley Bakke of Madison, WI, Tracy Bakke of Rockford; father and mother-in-law, John and Pearl Adams of Novi, MI; brother-in-law, John Adams (Patty) of Howell, MI; sister-in-law, Jan Walker of Portland, TN, nephews, John Michael Adams, Jake Adams, and Bjorn Bakke, nieces Sonja and Kendall Scott. A Celebration of Wayne's life will be on March 26, 2013 at Klehm Arboretum, 2715 S. Main, Rockford, at 7 p.m. Memorial visitation begins at 5 p.m. until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the family for Kenzie's education fund. Grace Funeral & Cremation Services is assisting the family. To share a memory or condolence, please visit www.graceFH.com.
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Published in Rockford Register Star from Mar. 24 to Mar. 25, 2013