March 4, 2018 – Lomira, WI – Wayne “Buddy” Wilmer Faber passed away on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at Hope Health and Rehab in Lomira at the age of 84 with his loving family at his side joining his son, Russ.
Wayne was born July 2, 1933 in the town of Wayne to the late Wilmer and Nathalia (nee Sauder) Faber.
Wayne proudly served his country in the United States Army during the Korean War from May 1953 and was honorably discharged May 1955. He was in the 82nd Airborne and was a cook making the best pineapple upside down cake and oyster dressing.
Wayne married the love of his life and dancing partner, Gloria Dohrman on August 14, 1954 at Salem United Bretheran Church in Lomira. Wayne designed and built 2 beautiful homes by himself for his family. He had many talents and had a passion for building. There was nothing he couldn’t fix!
Wayne was a mechanic most of his life, working at Bauer Pontiac in Campbellsport, then owned Wayne’s Standard Station from 1961-1972. He worked for Village of Lomira and waste water treatment plant, owned a couple milk trucks hauling milk, Nodel Cadillac (where he was known as the best mechanic around), and retired from Wickes Lumber. After retirement, he drove school bus for Lomira School District for 13 years.
Wayne was very patriotic, a proud member of the Badger State Chapter of the 82nd Airborne Division, the DAV, VEC (Veteran’s Education Committee) and a very proud member for 59 years in the Bintzler Waihler American Legion #347, Lomira where he held offices in the local, county, district, and was state vice commander. He served on many committees, one being chairman of the Camp American Legion board, Lake Tomahawk, a place he dearly loved, and also served on national committees. Wayne organized and formed the SALC (Sons of American Legion) at Post #347. He was a member of the honor guard 50 years for the Lomira American Legion.
Wayne was very active in the 40/8 (honor society of Veterans) where he held the high office of Grand Chef, Nationale Cheminot, and served on many local and national committees. In 2011, he was nominated and awarded the 40/8 voyageur of the year.
Wayne is a life–long member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Lomira, holding church offices and did a lot of volunteer work in the church.
Wayne was also a very active member in the Lomira Lions Club with a perfect attendance for over 50 years. He held many offices including club President. He felt very honored to be awarded the Melvin Jones award which is the highest honor a Lion can receive. Wayne received the “Citizen of the year” for Lomira in 2016.
Wayne enjoyed traveling and going to conventions all over the 50 states. He was always in the driver’s seat. He enjoyed going up north, but his most enjoyable time was when all the family was together. He was very proud of his children and grandchildren and always claimed his wife was the best cook.
Those Wayne leaves behind to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 63 ½ years Gloria; his three children Dennis (Barbara), Randy (Julie), and Steven (Fiancée Rachel Amundson) and her children Alexis, Ashlynn, and Austin; six grandchildren, Timothy (Jillian) Faber, Michelle (Jason) Kuehl, Nicholas (Tiffany) Faber, Michael (Robin) Faber, Kelly Faber, and Katie Jo Faber; four great grandchildren, Aubrey, Chance, Ava, Mia, and 2 more in June; a sister, Mildred (Harvey) Klein; a sister-in-law, Phyllis Faber; a brother-in-law, Jay (Carol) Dohrman; many nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; father and mother in law, Lawson and Violet Dohrman; a son Russel; a sister Rosemary (Ralph) Giese; and a brother Eugene.
A funeral service in remembrance of Wayne will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at 3:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 300 Church St., Lomira. Military honors will follow the service. Burial will be at a later date.
The family will greet relatives and friends at the church Saturday from 12:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m.
The family wishes to thank Hope, Health & Rehab and Agnesian Hospice for the excellent care they gave Wayne.
Memorials to Trinity United Church or to a charity of your choice in Wayne’s honor is appreciated by the family.
Gone from our sight, but never our memories. Gone from our touch, but never our hearts. Memorials to Trinity Church or choice of charity would be greatly appreciated.
The Myrhum Patten Miller & Kietzer Funeral Homes have been entrusted with Wayne’s arrangements.