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Wayne was born on September 10, 1945, in Madison, Wisconsin. His parents, Robert and Ardith, and his sister, Janet, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sisters Wanda Smith of Madison, Wisconsin, and Jenny Welsch, of Englewood, Colorado.
Wayne and his wife, JoEllen, were in their tenth year of marriage and lived in Davis the entire time. They have enjoyed a life filled with love, laughter, friends, travel and music. Wayne was such a big-hearted and generous soul. Everyone who met him was instantly enamored with his quick wit, sense of humor and warmth, and putting other's needs and wants before his own was second nature. When someone became Wayne's friend, they were a friend for life and never forgotten. Wayne has traveled the United States from one end to the other and everywhere in between, he's been to Africa, and made several trips to Europe, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean. Music was an integral part of Wayne's life. He loved nothing more than to go to concerts and Broadway musicals, and he always had music playing in his office while at work. Wayne's biggest priority in life, however, was his family and in particular his blended family. His son Bryan is a successful audio/video expert, and he and his wife, Malisa, enjoy a lively household with their 4-legged "children" in Roseville. Nicholas has a flourishing construction business in Redding and also has a lively household with his four children, Tyler, Isabel, Brady and Hadley. Wayne's youngest son, Jacob, is a sophomore Economics major at UC Davis and is enjoying playing for the UC Davis Men's Rugby Team and fraternity life with Phi Delta Theta.
Wayne had a few occupations during his lifetime, but the longest and most satisfying was as a structured settlement broker with EPS Settlements Group. He was not only a successful consultant on the production side, but was also involved in training and in an advisory capacity. He made a mark in the industry and with everyone he came into contact with for his integrity, professionalism, fair-dealing and straightforward approach.
One of Wayne's many endearing qualities was his sense of humor, which accompanied him throughout his entire life. If he were here, Wayne would wish to be remembered by all, but only as long as there is a smile on your face.
There will be a Celebration of Wayne's life at 1:00 on January 24 at Wayne and JoEllen's home at 621 Francisco Place in Davis. In lieu of flowers, please make your donations in memory of Wayne with the American Cancer Society by calling 1-800-227-2345 (option 2) or on their website at www.cancer.org. Your donations can be restricted to Prostate Cancer in you choose.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Wayne and JoEllen's Home 621 Francisco Place in Davis
Abraham Lincoln once said: " In the end, its not the years in your life that count . Its the life in your years." That's how the Wayne I remember lived. . He enjoyed life and the people he touched. He will be missed.
Joe Stoneking Jan 11 2015 12:00 AM
Words can't express how much I miss your presence. You were a caring husband, father, brother, brother-in-law and friend. I always enjoyed our times together, whether it was on a trip to Italy or Thanksgiving dinner when you made your famous lobster mac and cheese. Our family will not be the same without you.
Cheri Herman Jan 11 2015 12:00 AM
I will forever miss his smile and jokes! It's been 10 years of this gentle sweet giant. Always giving the best of hugs and his attention. My sweet brother in law in will forever be remembered by me as a prankster. One instance of mooning me and my sister in broad day light at the Skamania Lodge. Who does that, yup....Wayne Welsch. Thanks for the giggles and bringing such fun and laughter to our lives. You will forever be missed. Love, Sandy
Sandy Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM
Love and miss you Uncle Wayne! I smile and laugh everytime I think of you!
Becky Chase Jan 10 2015 12:00 AM
love and miss ya big bro.... i will miss our conversations and your emails with dirty jokes and walmart people. the world has lost a wonderful man, father, husband, coworker.
Wanda Welsch Smith Jan 8 2015 12:00 AM
Wonderful man! best comedian ever. A life worth emulating. We're all better for knowing Wayne. Sadness here, however you can hear the laughter and love from above. Thanks!
Nancie Bruns Malin Jan 8 2015 12:00 AM
It is a tribute to Wayne that so many people liked and loved him. I am just one of many. I had the privilege of working closely with him at EPS over the past 15 years. Whatever was best for the client was what Wayne wanted. He was generous with his professional knowledge and time. He never hesitated to help out by jumping on a flight or into his car to attend a meeting. He remembered important personal information about clients and colleagues alike; we were important to him. Of course, his sense of humor made him fun to be with at any event. And the frequent email jokes brought giggles and guffaws. Wayne, if I receive anonymous emailed jokes, I'll know you've figured out a way to continue sending them. You will be missed!
Kathy Osler Jan 8 2015 12:00 AM