Kindness is having the ability to speak with love, listen with patience and act with compassion. There was no kinder man than Wayne Buckwalter. Wayne passed away October 28th, 2019 after a short fight with COPD. Wayne was born September 21, 1951 in Spring City, PA to Robert and Helen Buckwalter. He was 68.
Wayne graduated in 1969 from Spring-Ford High school. After high school he joined the United States Air force proudly serving 20 years. Wayne was able to travel the world, but made Indiana his home. However, he jokingly boasts he is not a Hoosier! Wayne retired from Grissom AFB June 30, 1991 as a Master Sergeant.
Wayne has always had a soft spot for retired military. Often, while dining out, he would spot someone with a retired military hat and call over their waitress to pick up the check. Even while on vacation he saw a table of 20 retirees gathering for breakfast. He wanted to show them the respect and appreciation for their service. He paid their bill.
After retirement, Wayne worked several jobs until he landed at Menards. He got hired during the Kokomo store set up, and worked there for many years. Wayne was an active member in the NRA. He loved his online gun forums and going to gun shows. He loved the history channel and admired watching shows that portrayed military aircraft, especially the B52 bomber. In August, Wayne had the opportunity to go for a ride in a B52 bomber plane. It was one of the highlights of his life.
On March 22nd 2005 he married the love of his life Patty. Wayne is survived by his wife, his daughter and son-in-law Sybil and David Hinkle. Grand children Austin Herschberger, Chloe Herschberger Lacey Hinkle, Dakota Foust, and dog Daisy. Brothers Rob Buckwalter (Teri), Tom Buckwalter (Karen), and Chris Buckwalter, sisters Sue Johannes-Krauss (Roger), Kay Falli, and Fay Landis (Darren), sisters-in-laws Char Sims (Dale), Mickey Clark (Mark), Brother-in-law Tom Haughn (Sally), several nieces and nephews who adored him, and the several men and women of the 305 OMS whom he served with, loved, and respected.
Funeral services for Wayne will be Monday November 4, 2019 at Ellers Mortuary Webster Chapel at 11am. A time for gathering will be held Sunday afternoon on November 3rd from 2pm to 6pm. Burial will follow the service at Sunset Memory Garden cemetery with the Kokomo VFW and U.S. Air Force presenting Military Honors.