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Obituaries

Wayne Alan Lockard

Wayne Alan Lockard passed away on April 13, 2024, at his cherished home in New Melle, Missouri.

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Born in Portland, Oregon, on December 2, 1943, the son of Tilman McKinley Lockard and Harriet Elizabeth (Irwin) Lockard, he lived a rich and fulfilling life marked by kindness, a deep faith, and a remarkable aptitude for all things practical.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Joanne (Vagen) Lockard; stepmother, Barbara Lockard; sister, Marilyn J. Lockard; and brother-in-law, Edward (Karen) Vagen. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, sister-in-law Rosemary Moore, and brother-in-law John Vagen.

Wayne was a proud and dedicated member of Local 1 IBEW, where he worked until his retirement in 2007. His commitment to his work was paralleled by his devotion to his community, serving as a Deacon at the First Baptist Church of Wentzville. Wayne's selfless spirit shone brightly as he contributed his time and talents to Hope Closet and St. Patrick Food Pantry in Wentzville, touching the lives of many with his charitable work.

Beyond his formal roles, Wayne was known for his heartfelt passion for teaching and mentoring. He operated a shop class at his home, teaching children invaluable practical life tasks such as construction, woodworking, and small engine repair. Through these lessons, Wayne built strong bonds with the youth, leaving a legacy of skill and confidence that would last them a lifetime.

Wayne's love of farming was evident to all who knew him, especially when it came to his property in New Melle. It was there that he found peace and joy. 

He was a special uncle, great uncle, and special friend to many. 

Visitation: Monday, April 22, 2024, from 2 to 6 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, 1545 Wentzville Parkway, Wentzville, MO 63385.
Funeral: Monday, April 22, 2024, at 6 p.m. at Pitman Funeral Home, Wentzville.
Interment: Tuesday, April 23, 2024, at 2 p.m. at Anna City Cemetery, 608 E Davie St., Anna, IL 62906.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to:  First Baptist Church of Wentzville (in memo, please note Hope Closet.)