2011-01-06 / Obituaries

Wayne F. Tomlinson

Decatur, Ill., 91

Wayne F. “Bus” Tomlinson, 91, Decatur, Ill., died Saturday, January 1, 2011.

He was born April 2, 1919, in Macon, Ill., the son of the late John B. and Margaret Dunn Tomlinson. He was seventh of their 14 children.

He graduated from Macon High School in 1937.

He married Edith Sprague on June 8, 1940. He farmed with his father for several years, and later he gave up farming for the challenge of carpentry.

Until 1957, he worked as a self-employed carpenter in the Macon, Ill., area. He then married Maxine Metcalf and eventually settled on the East Coast. Until his retirement tin 1983, he was building supervisor for Donohoe Construction, Washington, D.C., building hotels, embassies and other large projects, including the Georgetown Mall.

In 1986, he married Nancy Bonfield Curry, and they settled on a farm near Warfordsburg, where he resided until the death of Nancy in 2007. In 2009, life’s full circle was complete when he moved back to Macon, Ill.

He is survived by his daughters: Mary Ann Cooper, Peoria, Ill.; Ellen (Berneil) Burns and Fran (Jack) Herbert, Macon Ill.; and Shawn Bradley, Nob Noster, Mo.; stepsons: Michael (Pat) Curry, Sharpsburg, Md.; Carl (Maggie) Curry, Gaithersburg, Md.; Donald (Jaime) Curry, Williamsport, Md.; many grandchildren, stepgrandchildren; great-grandchildren and step-greatgrandchildren; brothers: Jim Tomlinson, Macon, Ill., and Lloyd (Lois) Tomlinson, Orland Park, Ill.; sisters: Pauline Harpstrite, Decatur, Ill., and Lois “Boo” (Bob) Falconer, San Diego, Calif.; and sistersin law Letha Tomlinson, Macon, Ill., and Verla Tomlinson, Shelbyville, Ill.

He was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Edith; third wife Nancy; beloved daughters: Cynthia Niemeyer and Rosa Myers; brothers; John, Edmund, Robert “Murph” and Charles Tomlinson; sisters: Helen Young, Ann Collins, “Mae” Mary Ellen Bowman, Elizabeth Jesse and Rita Foreman.

He loved to watch the crops from spring planting through fall harvest in his hometown of Macon. However, the rolling green hills of Pennsylvania is where he wanted to eternally rest with his soulmate, Nancy.

Funeral services will be held Saturday, January 8, at 11:00 a.m. at the Grove Funeral Home, Hancock. Rev. John Lombardi will officiate. Burial will be in the Tonoloway Primitive Baptist Cemetery, near Hancock. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Online condolences at www.grovefh.com.

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