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Wayne Edward Newell, age 76, of Quincy, Illinois and formerly of Mt. Sterling, passed away at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2023 at the Illinois Veterans Home - Hammond Hall in Quincy surrounded by family.
He was born February 19, 1947 in Beardstown, Illinois the son of William Russell and Elizabeth Beatrice Simmons Newell.
His battle with ALS brought many challenges to his last few years which he endured with a stubborn braveness for his family’s sake.
Wayne was previously married to Bonnie Garrett Newell for 30 years and to this union two children Sean and Shelly were born.
Mr. Newell served his country in the United States Air Force for 21 years from 1967 until 1988. Wayne retired from the military with the rank of Master Sergeant and was the recipient of the Distinguished Service Commendation. While in the United States Air Force, he led the family to be stationed in Nebraska, Florida, Taiwan, Scott Air Force Base Illinois, Germany and Fort Meade Maryland. He also served tours of duty in Alaska and Honduras before retiring in Mt. Sterling. He was a member of the Mt. Sterling American Legion Post #374 where he served as commander for several years.
Wayne held several jobs in retirement including being a school bus driver, working for the IL Dept of Revenue in Springfield, Wispak (Pepsi) in Quincy, and his favorite retirement job, being a car trade driver for Chevy, Ford and Toyota in Quincy. Like his late brother Jim, driving was a soothing pastime he loved to do.
Among his hobbies were RC planes, flying ultra light planes, tinkering with tractors, intarsia along with any woodworking projects, painting with Bob Ross, gardening and fixing anything that needed it … or that looked fun to tear apart. There is a saying in the Newell family; if you can’t fix it, you “Newell it” which with duct tape, works just fine.
Wayne was a graduate of Brown County High School and also attended Western Illinois University and the University of Maryland.
Survivors include 2 children Sean Newell (Janet) of Ankeny, Iowa and Shelly Venvertloh (Karl) of Quincy. Two brothers David L. Newell (Linda) of Versailles and Ronald W. Newell (Patty) of Warner Robins, Georgia. Three sisters Janette A. Farmer of Florida, Pauline J. Granger (Mike) of Cumming, Georgia and Connie S. Dixon (Kevin) of Mt. Sterling. Four grandchildren Adam, Myah, Leah and Sofia also survive along with several nieces and nephews.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Jim Newell.
Cremation will be accorded and memorial services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 6, 2024 in the Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling with Pastor Ron Garner officiating. Those unable to attend are invited to watch the service live on his obituary page of the funeral home website, hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
Burial of the cremated remains will follow in the Versailles West Side Cemetery. Full military honors will be conducted at the graveside by the Scott Air Force Base Honor Guard.
Visitation will be one hour prior to services on Saturday at the funeral home.
After 18 months of unexplained weight loss and muscle strength, Wayne was diagnosed with ALS/Lou Gehrig’s Disease and won the battle with ALS just over two years later. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Cure ALS Augie’s Quest. Donations may be given on line at augiesquest.org or mailed to P. O. Box 9886, Denver, CO 80209.
Condolences for the family may be left on line at hendrickerfuneralhome.com.
The Hendricker Funeral Home in Mt. Sterling is assisting the family with the arrangements.