Harold Wayne, 1930-2017

Published 1:00 am Thursday, July 20, 2017

Harold Eugene Wayne of Geneva passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester. Harold, a lover of all sports, storyteller and candyman to all children, will be missed by many.

Harold Wayne

Harold, son of Arthur and Elma Wayne, was born April 2, 1930, in Albert Lea.

He attended college at St. Olaf in Northfield and the University of Minnesota. After college, he worked for the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis and played on its amateur sports team. He met his wife, Patricia Mattix, there, and they married in 1953 and returned to Geneva, where they raised five children, Toni (Kirth) Smith, Laura Rogers, Bradley (Lynette) Wayne, Todd (Mary) Wayne and Paul (Jennifer) Wayne. He lived all his life in Geneva, working with his father, owning and operating Wayne Construction.

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Harold will be deeply missed by his eight grandchildren, Lindsay, Matt, Chris, Kelsey, Kaeli, Korbin, Abby and Ian; 13 great-grandchildren; sister, Fern Murphy; and nieces, nephews and cousins.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents and brother-in-law, Robert Murphy.

There will be a memorial service at 11 a.m. Saturday at Community Lutheran Church in Geneva. There will be visitation with the family from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Memorials to Community Lutheran Church, Multiple Sclerosis Society or Geneva Cemetery are preferred in lieu of flowers.