Wayne L. Culler
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Wayne L. Culler A Retired Master Chief, US Navy, Wayne was a resident of Santa Clara for 50 years. Born in Colville, Washington, Wayne passed away at age 81 on February 8, 2005. During his 20 years in the Navy, he served aboard the USS Hornet CV8 from the time it was commissioned until it was sunk in the naval battle for the Santa Cruz Islands. Wayne was on the flight deck when Doolittle launched the famous raid on Tokyo and saw action with the Hornet during the battle of Midway. After retiring from the Navy, he began a career at Lockheed as a test engineer with numerous intriguing assignments connected to the Space Shuttle and other aerospace projects.

Wayne's passion for flying led him to become a flight instructor. Other hobbies included: dog training, bowling, square dancing and bridge. He is survived by his wife of 60 years Marjorie, sons Larry, Steve, Ken and Dave, 10 grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held this Saturday, February 12th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Justin's Catholic Church, 2655 Homestead Road, Santa Clara.

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Published in San Jose Mercury News on Feb. 11, 2005.
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February 16, 2005
To Marge and Family

With our sympathy,

Frank and Hildy Himler
Frank and Hildy Himler
February 16, 2005
These words come to my mind when I remember Wayne. He undertook the dangerous job of teaching me to fly. During this undertaking, we made two emergency landings --- which is 2 more than Wayne had ever made before, and probably 2 more than he ever wanted to make. Both landings turned out fine -- we just experienced a few minutes of concern as (1) the engine blew a rod; and (2) the plane would only decend -- not ascend.
Wayne taught me to "enjoy your ride." I would become so engrossed in making sure my flaps were down, my altimeter was working, etc. etc. that I would forget to just look at the beautiful scenery that was all around us. I found that his advice "Enjoy your ride" also relates to my ride through life. I attempt to heed his advise and to "enjoy my ride" through life by enjoying the company of good friends and fun times.

Linda Silveria
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