He was born on March 8, 1948 in Mtn. Grove, the son of Calvin D. and Anna M. (Shields) Mings.
Wayne was raised in Mtn. Grove where he attended and graduated from Mtn. Grove High School. On May 31, 1966 he enlisted in the U.S. Army and proudly served his country until receiving his honorable discharge on May 23, 1969. He was well known in Mtn. Grove for working and managing the parks department for the city for several years.
Wayne loved the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and riding four-wheelers. He spent a lot of time at the softball fields playing and watching. Wayne’s favorite time of the year was Halloween; he took great pleasure in handing out “the big candy bars” to the kids. He also enjoyed watching the St. Louis Cardinals and Mizzou sports, but most of all he loved spending time with his girls, grandkids and giving his wife a hard time; he also loved his dogs, Bandit and Dino just like they were his kids. In his free time he made horseshoe crafts and painted birdhouses.
Wayne was preceded death by his parents and a brother, Carl.
He is survived by his wife, Helen of the home; his daughters, Angie Westfall and husband Steve, Lacey Coble and husband Chris, Amanda Weybright and husband David, Kirastin O’Dell, Shirley Mings and Samantha Mings; his grandchildren, Austin Westfall, Tiffanie Thomas, Tristin Coble, Kaydence Aument, Kennedy Weybright and one on the way; great-grandchild, Liam Thomas; his siblings, Dixie, Elaine, Mike, Barbara, Rick and Theresa; as well as numerous nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. He will be dearly missed by all those who knew and loved him.
Visitation will be held from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 18, 2015, at the funeral chapel. Services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, February 19, 2015, at First Baptist Church in Mtn. Grove with Rev. Gene Edwards officiating. Interment with full military honors will be in Green Mountain Cemetery under the direction of Elliott-Gentry-Carder Funeral Home of Cabool, Missouri. Online condolences may be made at www.egcfuneralhome.com.