L. Wayne VanBriggle, age 91 of Tipton, died Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at Miller’s Merry Manor in Tipton after an extended illness. He was born July 22, 1922 in Tipton County, the son of Emery and Bonnie (Calvin) VanBriggle. He was a farmer most of his life and also retired from the Steel Parts Corporation in Tipton in 1989 after 11 years of employment. He also worked as a mechanic on tractors and lawn mowers for many years, and formerly worked for General Motors in Anderson. He was a medic in the U.S. Army’s 19th Infantry during WWII and was stationed overseas. Wayne married Mary I. Everling on February 5, 1949. He was a 50-year member of the Quincy Masonic Lodge in Elwood, a member of the Hobb’s Christian Church, and a member of the United Steel Workers Union Local 3875. Wayne enjoyed fixing all kinds of things, and loved animals. He especially loved his family and his grandchildren who called him “Papaw” and “Papaw Fish”.
Wayne’s family includes a daughter, Dee A. Kleyla of Tipton; granddaughter, Amy M. (husband Joshua) Halton of Tipton; 2 great grandchildren, Kyden James and Kasch Andrew Halton of Tipton; 3 sisters-in-law, Evelyn VanBriggle, Jeanie Martin, and Arlene Everling; former son-in-law, Chris Kleyla of Tipton; special caregiver Terri Shepherd of Tipton, and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of nearly 54 years, Mary I. VanBriggle who died in 2002; sister, Joyce Ann VanBriggle; and brother, Gene VanBriggle.
Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM on Friday, April 18, 2014 at Copher-Fesler-May Funeral Home in Elwood with Rev. Melissa Grishaw of Hobb’s Christian Church officiating. Burial will follow in Sunset Memorial Park Cemetery in Elwood with military honors conducted by the U.S. Military and American Legion Honor Guard. Visitation for family and friends will be from 3 to 7 PM on Thursday, April 17, 2014 at the funeral home and will include a Masonic Memorial service at 6:30 PM. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Hospice, 311 S. Berkley Dr., Kokomo, IN 46901. Online condolences: www.copherfeslermay.com.