Survivors include his wife, Evelyn; daughters, Sandra (Donald) Ellis, Orlando, Fla., and Patricia Burger and Paulette (David) Hughes both of Cedar Rapids; sons, Donald (Shirley) Henle, Central City and Paul (Dixie DeSotel), Shellsburg; 19 grandchildren; 53 great grandchildren; and 14 great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are his step children, Janice Power, Cedar Falls, Karen (Michael) Armstrong of Boise, Idaho, Judy Merritt of Des Moines, Dan Merritt of Marion, Patricia (Donald) Schwartz, Central City and Lynn (Mike) Coppack, Aniston, Ala.; 24 step grandchildren; 24 step great-grandchildren; and siblings, Marcela Osterberger, Mason City, Ellen Olsen and Barbara Metz both of Tama, Imelda Roth, Brooklyn and Dale Henle, Toledo.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Rosella; great grandson, Adam Renberg; stepson, Jerry Merritt; step grandson, David Crystal; and siblings, Claras Kriegel, George Henle, Veril Henle, Theresa Kriegel and Horace “Pat” Henle.
Born Dec. 2, 1914, in Tama County, Wayne was the son of Francis “Frank” Henle and Antonetta “Nettie” (Gettis) Henle. On Nov. 23, 1937, he was united in marriage to Rosella Osterberger in St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Tama. She died Nov. 3, 1994. On Dec. 23, 1999, in Cedar Rapids, Wayne married Evelyn (Mayer) Merritt. Wayne farmed, worked for Wilson Packing Company and the railroad.
Wayne was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and loved to dance, play cards and polka.
Memorials may be directed in Wayne’s memory to Hospice of Mercy, 701 10th Street S.E., Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403
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Wayne V. Henle