Attn: Local 417
Age 76 of Oakdale, MN. Went to be with the Lord on Monday, May 25, 2020 after a brief battle with an aggressive form of lung cancer. Wayne died peacefully with his beloved wife Cherl and their daughters and husbands by his side. Preceded in death by his father John, his mother Lois, his brother James and his sister Patricia. Survived by his wife of 57 years, Cherl Lu; loving daughters Patricia Laughlin (Curtis) and Bonnie Ugro (Josef); 5 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. Wayne was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to everyone.
Wayne was born in 1943 in St. Paul, Minnesota to father John Spjut and mother Lois. He married his wife Cherl in 1962 and began his career as a Sprinkler Fitter in 1963 becoming a member of Local 417 and worked in the field for 38 years until his retirement. Wayne loved his wife Cherl dearly, loved and cherished his family very much. He especially loved hugs from all his great-grand children. He enjoyed life to the fullest and recently accepted Christ.
Wayne had many hobbies through the years, motorcycling, camping, and traveling out West and Florida. He never missed deer hunting with his lifelong friend, Tom. He loved fishing especially Salmon fishing in Algoma, WI with his good friend and neighbor, Jim. He was a classic car enthusiast and loved working on cars. He won multiple awards for his 1956 Ford Crown Victoria. He looked forward to car runs with “Ford Better Idea” car club. You could always find him working in his garage refurbishing and tinkering with cars or just repairing anything mechanical. He was always available to help out a friend or family member. Anyone who had the pleasure of knowing Wayne loved him. He had many friends through the years and will be missed greatly especially by his wife and loving family.
Memorial Service to be held at a later date when social distancing permits.