The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

February 13, 2013

Russell “Wayne” Tolen


DANVILLE — Russell “Wayne” Tolen, 76, of Danville, passed away at 9:10 p.m. Feb. 11, 2013, at Provena United Samaritans Medical Center.

He was born May 7, 1936, in Paris, the son of Earnest and Ruth (Breedlove) Tolen.

He married Carol Gayer on June 5, 1955, in Paris. She survives.

Surviving him are one son, Dewain Tolen; one daughter, Sheri (Tom) Hosken; nine grandchildren, Jeff Thatcher, Chad Thatcher, Kylie Niccum, Brandy Shotts, Amber Tolen, Bradley Tolen, Sarah Hosken, Jim Hosken, Alisha Hosken; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Larry Tolen and Eugene Tolen.

He went to Western Military Academy in Alton, then he worked for Danville Metal Stamping for 38 years until his retirement. Wayne was a member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Danville. He loved to fly remote control airplanes, golf and was an avid Illinois sports fan, especially Illini basketball.

A celebration of life memorial Mass for Wayne will begin at 10 a.m. Friday, Feb. 15, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with Fr. Greg Nelson officiating. There will be no visitation. Burial will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Sunset Memorial Park.

Memorials can be made in Wayne’s name to St. Paul’s Catholic Church or St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.

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