Wayne Edwin Page Wayne Edwin Page passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Sept 29, 2013. He was born on June 17, 1924, in Big Piney, MO. As a young child, Wayne moved with his family to Merced, CA. There he grew up on the family farm where he learned to love the land. During WWII, Wayne enlisted in the Army Air Corps 8th Air Force, 100th Bomb Group, 351st Squadron. His crew affectionately called themselves Brown's Clowns after their captain, Gerald Brown. The crew was identified in 1944 as "The Youngest Combat Crew to Fly", with all members being under 20 years old. Their missions were daring and dangerous and have been recognized in the book "Brown's Clowns, The History of a B-17 Bomber Crew". Returning from the war, Wayne married and had three children. Moving his young family to Visalia in 1957, Wayne served as manager of McMahan's Furniture Store for many years. Fulfilling the dream of owning his own business, Wayne became a partner, then sole owner of Gibs and Page Draperies, operating this business for over 40 years in Visalia. Wayne was a proud 55 year member of Visalia-Mineral King Masonic Lodge No 128. Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Douglas Page; father and mother Robert and Bessie Page; 3 brothers, Lloyd, Donald, and Robert Page. Wayne is survived by his wife, Jo Page, 2 daughters, Karen Kent (husband Howell), Diane Conway (husband Bill); 3 grandchildren, Travis Page, Cody Page, Morgen Conway; and 1 great granddaughter, Gabriella Hernandez, all of Visalia; brother Virgil Page of Merced; sisters Barbara McKee and Joann Schneider of Idaho; and longtime friend Louise Eakers of Visalia. A graveside service will be held at Visalia Cemetery on Nov. 1, 2013, at 1 p.m. A gathering of family and friends will follow the service at the Visalia Masonic Lodge.
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Published in Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Adv-Register on Oct. 26, 2013