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86, passed away Nov. 20, 2018 at Windsor Park Manor. He was born in Oak Park, IL, Dec. 11, 1931. Wayne was a 1950 graduate of Steinmetz High School. He served our nation in the Air Force, spending a period of time stationed in Paris, France. He married the love of his life, Helen, on Sept. 21, 1951. With the nudging of Helen, and while driving a taxi in the city of Chicago, he enrolled in and then graduated from the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts in 1956. He was the Art Director for Chicago American from 1957-67. After his mentor, Vaughn Shoemaker, retired, Wayne became the Chief Cartoonist for the Chicago American. When the Chicago American went out of business in 1972, Wayne was employed as the Editorial Cartoonist with the Chicago Tribune from 1972 to 1984. He was the Editorial Cartoonist for the Tampa Tribune from 1984 to 2004, and his cartoons continued to be syndicated worldwide until his retirement in 2010. It was said of Wayne, "For four decades, Stayskal's distinctive, loose style and razor-sharp wit have thrilled his admirers, enraged his political targets, and explored the frontiers of political satire. In short, Stayskal embodies those qualities that make a great newspaper cartoonist: He draws both blood and laughs." His good friend Cal Thomas has honored Wayne by saying, "I think he has been one of the greatest cartoonist/commentators of our time, especially on matters touching on faith and culture." He gave his life serving his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, loving his wife and pouring into his children. He will be greatly missed. Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Mary Stejskal; his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Bruce and Myrtle Lindsay; his sister-in-law, Dorothy (Lindsay) Hornbaker; and his brothers-in-law, Murton Somerville and Russell Hornbaker. Wayne is survived by his wife, Helen Stayskal; sons, Robert (Val) Stayskal of Cave Creek, AZ, John (Tracy) Stayskal of Nolensville, TN, Bill (Nicole) Stayskal of Beaumont, CA and Dan (Sarah) Stayskal of Lakeland, FL. He is the beloved grandfather to Robert (Ashley), Joshua (Leanne) and Lyndsi (Hal) (Robert and Val), Luke, Paul and Timothy (John and Tracy), Kalie and Joshua (Molly), (Bill and Nicole), and Benjamin, Abigail, Elizabeth, Rebekah, Lydia, Simeon and Anna (Dan and Sarah). He is also the uncle to several nieces and nephews and great-grandfather to three. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2019 at 10 am at the Windsor Park Retirement Community at 124 Windsor Park Drive, Carol Stream, IL. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Alzheimer's Association (www.alz.org).

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Published in Tampa Bay Times on Nov. 26, 2018.
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November 20, 2020
I still look through original clippings of Mr. Stayskal's cartoons that I clipped over the years - I had saved them for years and had amassed a large bag full!. Then I had the honor to work near him at the Tribune, where he came in early mornings like I did. A true genius and gentleman. Still making me laugh...
Frances Bekafigo
December 2, 2018
Our sincerest condolences to your family. May you rest in eternal peace Mr. Stayskal. We will always have memories of you walking home from the train with your briefcase and umbrella.
Carmona Family
November 28, 2018
Thank you for your condolences and kind words. Frances, what a great memory of working with my father, and showing him the cartoons you clipped all those years.
Dan Stayskal
November 27, 2018
My sincerest condolences to the Stayskal Family in the loss of your loved one, Wayne, and pray you find comfort in Psalms 91:2.
November 26, 2018
One of Mr Stayskal's more sobering cartoons on Memorial Day. One I love.
I am so sorry for the passing of Mr Stayskal. I worked in Archives at the Tampa Tribune and we both worked very early in the morning so I got to get to know him. It was not until much later that I told him I had been clipping hundreds of his cartoons for years, and had them in big bags in the garage. I had no idea I would ever meet him, I just know to this day they still make me fall on the floor laughing. I brought a few of my very old ones to work so he could see I really had clipped them. I am also grateful for his service in the Air Force as I come from a family with four veterans going back to WWII. He was not only a great man but the funniest cartoonist ever. Please accept my condolences.
Frances Bekafigo
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