OSKALOOSA — Wayne Koontz, 80, of Oskaloosa and formerly of Martinsburg, passed away Thursday morning, Jan. 16, 2014, at his home in Oskaloosa.
Wayne L. Koontz, son of Clyde L. and Edna (Whaley) Koontz, was born March 31, 1933, in Elwren, Ind. He was a 1950 graduate of Elwren High School and when he was just 17 years old joined the Navy. Wayne served for more than 20 years from 1950 to 1970, serving as a Seabee in a construction battalion, in Korea and Vietnam. Wayne was discharged Nov. 9, 1970, in Corpus Christi, Texas; he remained in that area for a time before moved to central Illinois where he eventually settled in Pekin. While living in Pekin, Wayne worked for the school system as a custodian and a bus driver. He also worked in small engine repair. Through that job he met and then married Geraldine Kay Mangold on Nov. 14, 1975. They eventually moved to South Pekin, Ill., where Wayne again served as a custodian and bus driver. In 1989, the family moved to Martinsburg, Wayne worked part-time for the Cedar Creek Golf Course as a greens keeper and then got a full-time position as a fork lift operator with Hackert’s Wood Products in Richland. Wayne retired in 1998. Wayne enjoyed the peace and beauty of the great outdoors, especially mushroom hunting in the spring. He also enjoyed watching football and he was happiest when he had his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren near.
Wayne’s family includes his son and daughter-in-law: Raymond and Rebeckha Koontz, of Oskaloosa, and his daughter, Josette Wabasha, of Beacon; his grandchildren: Danielle Darrah (Michael Sutherland) of Fairfield, Karri Jo Wabasha, of Sigourney, Luke Darrah (Lanie Birlson), of Oskaloosa, Miranda Darrah (Kyle Thomas), of Beacon, Draven Wabasha, of Beacon, and Tessa Jo Puffinbarger, of Kirksville; his great-granddaughters: Immoria Gonzalez and Kami Lynn Thomas; and his siblings: Isabelle, Laurense, Norma Jo, Keith, Howard, Bonnie and Karen.