Wayne "Grandpa Wayne" Frederick Augsburger, Sr., 82, of Collinsville, Ill., born October 4, 1928, in Tremont Township, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, June 1, 2011, at Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis, MO.
Mr. Augsburger was a retired Radio Technician for GM&O Railroad and 2nd retirement from Illinois State Police. He was a member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church for over thirty years where he taught Sunday School and served on the financial Stewart and on various other committees. He also was superintendent for Holy Cross Lutheran Cemetery from many years. He was also a charter member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Donated 185 pints of blood, the highest in Madison County. He was a member of the Plymouth Club, a Life Master Bridge Player, was a life time ham radio operator (W9EUS), he also, worked for the State Police for many years,
"Grandpa Wayne" was frequently seen driving his "daily driver" a black 48 Plymouth coupe.
Wayne is preceded in death by his parents, Joseph William and Ruby Inez, nee Fawer, Augsburger; brothers, Edward, George, Will, , Harry Augsburger; sisters, Mayme Foster, Josephine Judge, Dorothy Eardley and Eileen Lengyel.
Surviving are his wife Patricia, nee Burger, Augsburger; children, Wayne F. (Toni) Augsburger, Jr. and Debbie Augsburger; Step Children, Douglas I. Albrecht and Patrice A. (John) Shalenko; grandchildren, Scott Augsburger, Kevin Augsburger, Lori Wein, Mark Nischwitz, Ashley Steinwagner and Drew Steinwagner; great grandchildren, Billy, Garrett, Cade, Zachary, Olivia, Jake and Malakai; sisters, Grace Marker and Clare Caban. Also, survived by a host of other relatives, family and friends.
Memorials in Mr. Augsburger memory may be made to: Make a Wish Foundation of Illinois, 640 North LaSalle Drive, Suite 280., Chicago, Illinois 61654. Online condolences may be expressed online at www.valhallagardensandfuneralhome.com
Visitation: Friends may call from 9:30 am until 11:30 am, Saturday, June 4, 2011, at The Calvary Baptist Church, 2249 S State, Route 157, Edwardsville, Illinois.
Funeral: A Funeral service will be held at the church on Saturday, June 4, 2011 at 11:30 AM with Pastor Mark Obhauser officiating.
Interment: Interment will be held in the Valhalla Gardens of Memory Cemetery, Belleville, Illinois
Valhalla Gaerdner Holten Funeral Home, Belleville, Illinois