He graduated from Mountain Grove High School in 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Navy, serving as a Seabee in the Pacific Theater during World War II. While serving overseas, Wayne was given an aptitude test. He scored very high and was sent back to the States to attend college. The war ended before he received his degree so he continued his education attending colleges in Bakersfield, California; Natchitoches, Louisiana; and Missouri University in Columbia. He received his bachelor’s degree from Rolla School of Mines in Rolla, Missouri.
After he finished college, he married the love of his life, Wilma Todd, in Mammoth Springs, Arkansas. Three children were born to this union. They made their home in the little town of Dawson, Missouri, where they raised their children. With the exception of living in Hartville, Missouri, for a short time, the couple spent their entire lives living in Dawson.
Wayne began his career in education teaching industrial arts in several local schools including Alton, Mountain Grove, Cabool, Houston, Hartville, and Mountain View, which is where he retired. Wayne would often fly his plane to school in Mountain View. The school was close enough to the airport that he could walk to work, but usually his students would see him land and drive over to get him. Wayne was also a businessman in Mountain Grove and owned his own woodworking shop.
He enjoyed life and participated in many interesting things, including flying airplanes and going to Costa Rica to set up a casket company. Wayne was most known for his good heart and how much he cared for others. He loved his family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren very much. We will all remember and miss his great big smile.
Wayne made a profession of faith in Christ at an early age and was a member of Mountain Grove Church of Christ for many years.
Besides his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma, on April 8, 2002; one brother, Loy Carr; one sister, Mary Ruthelaine Casey; and one grandson, Brandon William Besson.
He is survived by his son, Mike Casey; his two daughters, Martha Moody and husband Lonnie, and Mary Besson, all of Mountain Grove; five grandchildren, Justin and Jodi Sutherland, Bryant and Adam Besson, and Dillon Moody; eleven great-grandchildren, Trystan and Macenzie Short, Jaden, Gracie, Tyler, Kaleb, Brooklyn, A.J., Kinslee Besson, and Colton and Blake Moody; one brother, Glen Casey of Mountain Grove, Missouri; three sisters, Velma Wolfe of Ozark, Missouri, Rebecca Webb, and Dorothy Dowden and husband Noel of Mountain Grove; several nieces, nephews, and a host of other relatives and many friends.
Visitation was held Friday, October 14, 2016, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. in Craig-Hurtt Chapel. Funeral services were held on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 10:00 a.m. in the chapel with Rev. Curtis Dowden officiating. Trystan Short, Ray Harrison, Dylan Dowden, J.C. Webb, Barry Dowden, Larry Turner, and Adam Besson served as pallbearers. Song selections were “Angels In The Room,” “Whispering Hope” and “Amazing Grace,” rendered by the Bradford Trio. Burial was in Friendship Cemetery under the direction of Craig-Hurtt Funeral Home, Mountain Grove. The family requested donations be made to Friendship Cemetery c/o the funeral home.