Wayne Eldon Vancil, 88, passed away at home in Tehachapi, Calif., on Feb. 9, 2018. A memorial service will be held at The Woods Pavilion, 323 W. F St., Tehachapi, Calif., on March 3, 2018, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Wayne was born to Alva Martin and Anna Lois Vancil on August 18, 1929, in Galesburg, Ill. His father worked in various types of jobs, and his mother was a homemaker. His sister Mildred was born the next year. In April 1937, his mother passed away from uterine cancer; Wayne was 8 years old.
His father remarried, continued his working pattern, and in due time three more daughters joined the family: Mary Sue, Marjorie and Rachel. The family moved west and lived in the Portland area for a while.
At age 15, he answered an ad in the paper for “Farmer’s Helper” at the “Masonic Old Folks Home,” and was hired. While there, he was invited to attend Forest Grove High School. He was president of the science club and served on the student body council. He was among the top 13 in his class, making The National Honor Society, and received a $200 scholarship to Pacific University.
He entered Northwest Bible Institute. At the institute, he met Audrey Osbourne. They began dating and were married in July 1948, and in due time had three children, Linda Mae, Stanley Wayne and Cindy Jo.
He worked in various jobs, but eventually worked as a driver/salesman in the food industry, and for the last 30 years of his career, he worked for Frito-Lay, retiring in December 2000.
In 1988 he remarried, Mariana Eckel. They retired and traveled cross-country several times, visiting friends and relatives, and welcomed 15 great-grandchildren to join their blended families.
He had won the battle with bladder cancer, but supranuclear palsy robbed him of his ability to use his legs and partial use of his arms and hands.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his four sisters; and his granddaughter, Sadi Mae Ellis, at age 26. The family asks that donations in remembrance be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, www.cff.org/Get-Involved/Donate/, in Sadi’s honor.
Wayne is survived by his loving wife, Mariana; his three children and her four children; 11 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews; and many other relatives and friends who loved him.
Services are being arranged through Wood Family Funeral Service, Inc. For condolences please visit www.woodmortuary.net.