HELPER - Wayne David Scherschel, age 82, passed away April 1, 2013 at his home.
He was born Jan. 23, 1931 in Moline, Ill., to William Andrew and Elva Pauline McLaughlin Scherschel. Wayne spent much of his youth on the Mississippi, where he always said that Tom Sawyer was a wimp compared to what he and his buddies did.
He was a member of the Illinois National Guard and was activated to fight in the Korean War.
On Sept. 14, 1956, he married Priscilla (Pat) Vyhnanek at the Brookfield Methodist Church in Brookfield, Ill.
Wayne stayed in the Army until his retirement in 1972, with 22 years of service. He later worked for NASA, tracking Skylab until it entered the earth's orbit and burned. His next stop was the University of Texas in El Paso. He started to work on a degree to teach earth science and was eventually hired by the Geology Department to do among other things seismograph studies.
Wayne fully retired in 1984 and they traveled full time in their airstream trailer for eight years. They volunteered for the forest service at Flaming Gorge and in Florida. Wayne and Pat found a home in Helper, where he was a proud member of the Price American Legion Post # 3 and the D.A.V. Wayne touched the hearts of many and will be dearly missed by his family and a community of friends.
Survived by his wife Pat, Helper; daughter, Cynde (De) Hunter, Anderson Texas; son, Ken Scherschel, El Paso, Texas; grandchildren and great grandchildren; brother, Joe (Pat) Scherschel, Hampton, Ill.
Preceded in death by his parents and sister.
Wayne requested no service. He always said "I ate so many catfish from the Mississippi River, that I want to give them something back." His ashes will be given to the Mighty Mississippi. Arrangements entrusted to Mitchell Funeral Home where friends may share memories of Wayne at www.mitchellfuneralhome.net.