Private graveside services for Earl “Wayne” Waisner, 73, Lawrence, will be held at Clinton Cemetery.
Mr. Waisner went to be with his heavenly father, parents and grandparents on May 15, 2020 surrounded by his loving wife of 54 years, his family and his loyal dog, Oliver, at his home.
Wayne was born November 10, 1946, in Sedalia, Missouri, the second son of George Roe and Luella “Lorraine” Neffendorf Waisner. Wayne attended the one room school house at Clinton School, West Junior High and graduated from Lawrence High School in 1964. While in school, he was greatly involved with FFA.
Following graduation, Wayne worked for LRM Industries as an asphalt plant operator and dispatcher for 43 years until his retirement in 2010.
He was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart Carol Ann Weaver on July 25, 1965 in Lawrence. She survives of the home.
Wayne attended Clinton Presbyterian Church as a child and continued to be supportive of the church throughout his life. He was a faithful member of the Lone Star Church of the Brethren where he served on the Stewards Committee and was a Deacon. He was an avid dirt track racing fan traveling to races in many states including attending the Knoxville Nationals for over 30 years and Chili Bowl for 27 years. He coached baseball for many years for his two sons, Scott and Steve, and enjoyed helping his grandsons, Joe and Josh, with quarter midget racing, cheering his granddaughter Sarah throughout her volleyball career and following all of the sports his grandchildren and great grandchildren participated in. Wayne dearly loved his family and would not miss any event that included his grandchildren or great grandchildren.
Survivors include his sons, Scott Waisner and wife Jeanne of Lawrence, Stephen Waisner and wife Tiffany of Lawrence; brothers, Gene Waisner of Eudora, John Waisner of Eudora; sisters, Irene Wissler and husband John of Lawrence, Barbara Rollins of Lawrence; 4 grandchildren, Christina Black and husband Cody of Mound City, Kansas, Joseph Waisner of Lawrence, Joshua Waisner of Lawrence, Sarah Waisner of Lawrence; 3 great grandchildren, Gavin Black, Molly Kate Black, and Collins Black all of Mound City, Kansas.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
At Wayne’s request, there will be a closed casket. Friends may call at the funeral home from 9 am to 8 pm Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will receive friends to celebrate the life of Wayne from 4 to 7 pm Wednesday on the grounds of Lone Star Church of the Brethren. To the safety of all attendees, the family asks for everyone to maintain social distancing and to wear face coverings. In the event of inclement weather, there will be a drive thru visitation.
The family suggests memorial contributions to the Lone Star Church of the Brethren or Clinton Presbyterian Church, sent in care of the funeral home, PO Box 1260, Lawrence, KS 66044.
Please click below to view a slideshow of Wayne.