WAYNE L. WHEATLEY
Wayne Wheatley, 69, life long resident of rural Marne and Walnut, Iowa passed away unexpectedly at his residence on Wednesday, March 20, 2013.
Wayne Lyle Wheatley was born the son of Lester and Mildred (Petersen) Wheatley in rural Marne on November 3, 1943. He grew up attending school in Atlantic where, up to, and through his senior year, he was known by his classmates as being fun, friendly and kind.
Wayne married Donna Sieck October 1, 1960 in Atlantic and were together for over 50 years, living in Denver, CO, and rural Marne and Walnut, IA, where they were blessed with three daughters.
His interests included fishing, raising buffalo, appreciation of Native American artwork and culture, motorcycle riding, gun and antique collecting, and being outdoors. He particularly enjoyed flying airplanes, riding motorcycles and fast cars. All the while the couple raised their girls, Wayne established and grew several successful businesses along with a lifetime of farming. The family took several memorable vacations to Louisiana, Yellowstone Park, Sturgis, Montana, and Canada. He will be remembered by his family and friends as an avid listener, strong willed and a very proud man.
Among Wayne's survivors, are his daughters, Jana Wheatley and friend Terry Zieber of Smithville, MO, Dana Wheatley of Dallas, TX, and Natalie Merritt and husband DeWayne of Mustang, OK; his father Lester W. Wheatley and wife Elleen Wheatley; his brother Gerald L. Wheatley and wife Sally of Massena, IA; and sisters, Jone Lay of West Minister, CO, Juda Saemisch and husband Richard, of Perry, IA, and Jolene Allen and husband Clay of Cambridge, IL. There are also many nephews and nieces.
He was preceded in death by his mother Mildred and brother, Jerry Wheatley.
There will be a celebration of life service held at 10:30am Monday March 25 at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Pastor Dennis Meyer will officiate. The family will be meeting with friends on Sunday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic. Wayne's committal service will be in Brighton Township Cemetery northeast of Marne, IA.
Open visitation is from 9:00 to noon Saturday, March 23 and from 1:00 to 4:00 pm Sunday at Roland Funeral Home.
Roland Funeral Service is caring for Wayne's family and the arrangements. Condolences may be left in his guest book at www.rolandfuneralservice.com. Memorials will be gifted to Walnut Fire Department.
IN REMEMBRANCE OF
Wayne L. Wheatley
November 3, 1943 Marne, Iowa
ENTERED INTO REST
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
At the age of
69 years 4 months 17 days
Monday, March 25, 2013
10:30a.m. St. Paul Lutheran Church
Pastor Dennis Meyer
The Strife Is O'er, The Battle Done"
"How Great Thou Art"
Larry Saemisch Bryan Wheatley Rick Wheatley
Randy Lay Brian Lay DeWayne Merritt
Dave and Barb Blum Ken and Doris Blum Stephanie Blum
Brighton Township Cemetery NE of Marne, Iowa
Wayne's family invites friends to join them for a luncheon
at the church following the funeral service.
Walnut Fire Department