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June 22, 2006

(11/24/1917 6/12/2006)

Wayne Madison Newman, 88, of Memphis passed away June 12, 2006, at Scotland County Memorial Hospital in Memphis.

He was born the oldest child of Madison Stone and Barbara (Bergthold) Newman on November 24, 1917 in Scotland County.

Wayne was a lifelong resident of Scotland County, and grew up in the Gorin area. He was a graduate of the Gorin High School.

He proclaimed his faith in Jesus Christ as a young man at the Gorin Methodist Church.

Wayne married Mary Smith in 1937.

He married Helen Louise Summers on April 6, 1946. She preceded him in death on October 8, 1994.

Wayne enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served on Christmas Island in the South Pacific during World War II. His unit was known as a suicide squad because its job was so dangerous that members of his unit were not expected to survive. Their job was to clear the field of burning debris so that other units could get through. For his service he earned a Good Conduct Medal, was entitled to wear the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon, and 5 Overseas Service Bars. Despite the dangers of his mission, Wayne was honored with a special lapel pin for having no time lost during his tour.

Wayne was a hard worker his whole life, up until a week before his death. He was devoted to neatness and order. He cared deeply about his family and friends, always worrying about them their safety, health and future.

Wayne was especially proud of his association with the V.F.W. Post in Memphis.

He cared deeply for the V.F.W. and wanted it to be the best it could be. Wayne helped on the construction of the current post building. He often lamented that he was not a charter member because he did not have the $100 necessary to join in the beginning.

Wayne held a Doctor of Motors degree and was one of the first mechanics in Northeast Missouri who knew how to work on automatic transmissions when they were first introduced.

For many years he was the president of the Scotland County draft board.

He was a very generous man, always willing to lend a helping hand. He enjoyed keeping up on current events on a local and national level.

He was preceded in death by his wife; parents; and sisters, Naomi Buford and Avis Hudnut.

He is survived by: his children, Karen and her husband Ed Vinzant of Greencastle, MO, David Newman of Memphis, Richard Newman and his friend Katy of Kirksville, and Robert and his wife Angela Newman of Memphis; a brother, Nolan and his wife Betty Newman of Hannibal; a sister, Merlyn Taylor of Keokuk; grandchildren, Gina Cooper, Laura Halladay, Joshua and Davin Newman, Niki Wieman, and Megan Newman; three step grandchildren, Mickey and Clint Vinzant, and Renee Jewell and families; great grandchildren, Jordan and Madison Cooper, Ryan and Rylee Newman, and Aydan Newman; many nieces, nephews, cousins and a host of friends.

Funeral services were held June 14, 2006, at the Gerth Funeral Chapel in Memphis with Rev. Eloise Marx presiding. Leon Buford, Ronnie Newman, Ron Taylor, Davin Newman, Joshua Newman, and Shaun Wieman served as pallbearers. Burial was in the Memphis Cemetery. Military rites were performed at the cemetery by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 of Memphis.

Memorials are suggested to the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial V.F.W. Post #4958 or Hospice of Northeast Missouri and can be left at or mailed to: Gerth Funeral Service, 115 S. Main St., Memphis, MO 63555.

Condolences may be sent to the Newman family via email at

Arrangements were under the direction of the Gerth Funeral Service from its Memphis chapel.

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