Obituary of Wayne I Woodbury Jr.
Age 62, of Chesaning, passed away at his home on January 6, 2022. He is now reunited with his wife, Bonnie, in their heavenly home. Wayne was born in Lansing, Michigan on May 6, 1959, the son of Mr. & Mrs. Wayne I Woodbury Sr. and Virginia (Cramer) Woodbury. He was a 1978 graduate of Chesaning Union High School. Wayne enlisted in the United States Navy, from April 25, 1985 until April 25, 1989. He was so proud of his service to his country and his 1987 tour around the world on the USS Kitty Hawk CV-63. Wayne married Bonnie Lou (Daniels) Melancon on November 2, 1985, in Mt. Morris, and has always resided in Chesaning. Wayne has worked for a few companies as a security guard since leaving the USN.
Wayne had a heart of gold and found pleasure in helping others. He loved the outdoors, which brought him happiness and peace. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, and trapper. Wayne loved his time in the woods or at the lake, especially with his friends and family. He was a treasure hunter at garage and estate sales. Wayne adored spending time with his grandchildren and giving them treasures he found at a sale. He will also be remembered for his storytelling, his Santa like belly laugh, that could last a very long time, and his imitation of “Fred Sanford”
Wayne is survived by his sisters: Victoria Lickman of Michigan, Bonnie Lee (Dan) Derhammer of Missouri, Michaeleen “Susie” Basney of Stanton; sister-in-law: Eunice (Earl) Morgan of Michigan; brother-in-law: Jim (Rita) Daniels of Michigan; step-children: Kellie Rockwell of Washington, Staci Magee of Michigan, Curt Hunyady of Washington, Eugene “Mick” Hunyady of Washington; aunts: Esther King of Saginaw, Ruby Cramer of Chesaning; several nieces, nephews, cousins, step grandchildren, step great-grandchildren, and step great great-grandchildren. He was blessed with many life-long friends that were “family”: Gary Woods, Scott Strait, Mark Gregory, Mike Gregory, Fred and Janet Gregory including their extended family, Alberto and Marina Guerrero, Jesse and Lucy Jimenez, George Rathfon, Eric Chapdelaine; his beloved cat: Muffin and many more.
Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, sister: Barbara; brother: Michael; grandparents, and several aunts and uncles.
Funeral arrangements have been provided by Martin Funeral, Cremation & Tribute Services in Mt. Morris. Burial at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, at 1:30pm on Wednesday, February 9, 2022.
Memorial donations may be directed to “Manna from Heaven”, a 501-C3 food distribution and sent to 7553 Chesaning Rd. Chesaning, Mi 48616. Please write “memorial Wayne Woodbury” on the checks or envelopes.
Obituary loving written by the family of Wayne Woodbury.