Wayne was diagnosed with a brain tumor February 2019 and a few short days later he had his first brain surgery to removed a baseball size tumor. March 2019 he started radiation treatments. The months that followed were a roller coaster as he kept having seizures resulting in multiple emergency trips to the hospital in Kansas City. January 2020 he had a 2nd brain surgery and that is when we were told he had 2 types of brain infection and was very sick. September 2020 he had a biopsy of the knots that were showing up on his head and the results showed that not only was the previous tumor growing back but that it was now a grade 3 (was grade 2 before). October he had his 3rd brain surgery and that started another crazy roller coaster of trips to the ER in the city, a surgery to have a shunt put in his head, a surgery to fix the shunt shortly after it was put in and lots of other issues. November we got a call from his main doctor saying a MRI showed the tumors growing back rapidly and December he started radiation again along with chemo. February 2021 we were officially told that these tumors were cancer and March we decided to stop all treatments, bring in hospice and just do our best to make him comfortable. The following months were extremely hard as we watched him slowly decline and pass away August 13, 2021 Wayne married his wife Rose April 10, 1999 and shortly after that he started working at the Adrian R-3 School in Adrian Missouri where he worked until 2020. In June of 2000 they had their son Alex. Wayne was quite the prankster! He LOVED pulling pranks on family and co-workers. He was known for not only for his orneriness but also for just being an all around nice guy. He loved planting flowers, fishing, watching cartoons and Three’s Company, working on model cars, going to mud runs and demo derbies, drawing and coloring. He also enjoyed building bird houses and doing other wood work. He looked forward to going on long walks around town with his son along with helping him work on lawn mowers. He was always up to helping me practice my photography and loved posing in front of the camera but when it came to family pictures his orneriness came out and he was always making funny faces which made getting a good family picture difficult. Some of my favorite memories of Wayne are him making up goofy songs and changing lyrics to songs, him teaching me how to go mudding on my bicycle, going on school field trips with me, going on bike rides around town and hitting all the mud puddles we could, playing video games, him teaching me how to grill hamburgers, him saying my no bake cookies were the bomb, how he would always call me names like turd, bird brain, goof nut, ding dong, or silly girl but the best one of all is how he never treated me like a package deal or a burden he treated me like a bonus. As Wayne’s brain cancer progressed he became very sick, confused and scared but he kept his sense of humor and orneriness to the very end. Even when he was next to bedridden he was still playing pranks on us and he kept us on our toes with his quick come backs like when I would say “I see you” he quickly responded with “and I smell you” He was strong, brave and courageous and he was always more worried about his family than himself. Wayne was my bonus dad and he is missed more than I can put into words!