Wayne Marvin Grandle, a longtime resident of Colville, passed away on Aug. 2, 2012 in Spokane at the age of 96. Wayne was born on September 14, 1915 in Monmouth, KS the son of George Lewis and Aura (Morgan) Grandle.
He was raised and attended school in Monmouth, KS and graduated, with honors, from Monmouth High School in 1934. With an adventurous spirit, Wayne jumped aboard a train and rode the rails to New Mexico. He continued his travels into southern Idaho and began to work at the local potato farms in the Melba area. While attending church, Wayne met Dorothy Sarah Hunsperger. After a short courtship, Wayne and Dorothy married on April 28, 1941. They began a family and in the fall of 1949 moved to a farm in the South Basin. They relocated to the Summit Valley farm in 1952 where Wayne continued to farm and had a dairy operation. He supplemented his income working at the Northwest Magnesite Plant, as well as local sawmills including Draper’s, Erickson’s, Cel Chout’s, and A.B.C. In 1964, Wayne was injured while working as a sawyer. He sold the farm and moved his family into Colville. A position opened for a custodian with the Colville School District in 1965 and Wayne applied. For the next 15 years Wayne worked as the custodian for Astor School and retired in 1980. Following his retirement, Wayne took Dorothy on a six-week road trip to Minnesota, New Mexico, Texas and Arizona visiting family and friends on the way home. In June of 2010, Wayne moved into the care of Buena Vista Assisted Living where he has resided since.
Wayne enjoyed the outdoors and took many memorable hunting trips with his family and friends. His outdoor adventures began with trapping in his youth and continued on to numerous camping, fishing and wood cutting trips with family and friends. Wayne was a talented wood worker who created many keepsakes for his family, especially his intricate and well-detailed birdhouses. He raised beautiful vegetable gardens and provided pumpkins for all of his grandchildren and neighbors. Wayne was a man of strong values. He led with a steadfast conviction, strict discipline and a deep faith foundation. Wayne’s laughter was distinct and infectious which complimented his great sense of humor and reputation as a prankster. He was a good man with honesty and integrity as his guides. He had the character from which heroes are created.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy in 2004, and siblings, Beatrice, Willis, Marion, Lester, Geraldine, Marguerite, Euvon and Herman.
He is survived by his daughter, JoAnn Zoodsma and husband, Larry, Colville; son, Marvin Grandle and wife, Viola, Molalla, OR; sister, Maxine Grandle, Columbus, KS; 4 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
The funeral service for Mr. Wayne Grandle was at 10 a.m., Friday, August 10, at the Danekas Funeral Chapel. A graveside service and vault interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in Colville. Colville Community Church Pastor Don Swanson will officiate the service along with Art Matthew of the Church of Christ. Memorial contributions may be given to the American Cancer Society or the charity of your choice.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com . Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.
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