Wayne Cyril Petsch died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008, at Community Hospital in McCook, Neb., at the age of 86.
He was born south of Wauneta, Neb., on Dec. 30, 1921, the son of the late Guy and Jessie (Crossen) Petsch, Crampton. He grew up at Wauneta where he received his education.
On July 14, 1945, Wayne married Mildred "Millie" Elizabeth Anderson in Bremerton, Wash. To this union three children were born. They made their home in Cave Junction, Ore., for 20 years where he was superintendent at Forest Green Lumber Company. After his step-father died in 1968, they moved north of Beverly, Neb., where they farmed and ranched.
He enjoyed being with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He loved hunting, his antique cars and watching Husker football.
He was also a member of St. Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook, the American Legion, McCook Elks Lodge 1434, and the Masonic Lodge, AF&M of Kerby, Ore.
He was preceded in death by his parents, step-father and one brother, Wylie Petsch.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Millie Petsch of Palisade, Neb.; son, Gregory Petsch and wife, Mary of Bend, Ore., daughters, Suzanne Byers and husband, Larry of Salem, Ore., and Janilue Little and husband, Philip of McCook; eight grandchildren including, Joseph Byers and wife, Yvonne of El Paso, Texas, Janelle Byers of Portland, Ore., Jodi Byers of Ashland, Ore., Sherry Mitchell and husband, Derick of Lake Elsinore, Calif., Carla Plant and husband, Roger of Bend, Ore., Christie Korsness and husband, Brent of Bend, Ore., Paula Kleinow and husband, Trent of North Platte, Neb., and Sarah Rooks and husband, T.J. of Lincoln, Neb.; and 12 great-grandchildren, Keelie and Megan Korsness, Lauren and Alison Plant, Tyler, Jordyn and Cole Kleinow, Dylan and Drew Mitchell, Kristen and Katelin Byers and Alex Rooks; one brother, Harry Petsch and wife, Elsie of Palisade; and relatives and friends.
Memorial services will be 11 a.m.,. Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008, at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church in McCook with the Rev. Dr. Mary Hendricks officiating. Inurnment will be in Saint Alban's Columbarium.
Memorials may be given in his name and friends may sign his register at Herrmann Funeral Home.
Herrmann Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.