MELVIN - Wayne Russel Bertram, 80, of Melvin, died at 6:55 a.m. on Sunday. December 15, 2013 at Heartland Healthcare in Paxton.
His memorial service was held on Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Roberts. The Rev. Priscilla Geerdes officiated. Full military rites were conducted by the Wagner Davis American Legion. Visitation was held for an hour before the service at the church.
Wayne was born on March 18, 1933 in Roberts, a son to William and Florence E. (Underwood) Bertram. He married Barbara Warder on July 27, 1953 in Hoopeston. She survives.
Also surviving are two daughters, Lorie (Patrick) Enriquez of New Mexico; and Catherine (Wayne) Hunter of Roberts; a son, Richard (Becky) of Smithfield, Va.; nine grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two brothers, Howard (Olive) Bertram of Gibson City; and Edwin (Elsie) Bertram of Roberts; and three sisters, Dolores Kenney of Normal; Beverly Rueck of Roberts; and Judy (Steve) Tolbert of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Jr. and Robert; and a grandson, Kurt Kurtz.
Wayne retired from the US Navy after serving 28 years. He served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War.
Wayne helped a few farmers after his retirement.
Wayne restored and showed Hit and Miss Engines. He was a member of the I & I Engine Club. His most recent hobby was toy trains.
Memorials may be made to the Gibson Area Hospital or a charity of the donor’s choice.
Lamb Funeral Home in Gibson City was in charge of the arrangements.