The funeral service for the life of Wayne Whitcomb, age 67 of Rochester, will be held at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester on Tuesday, September 22 at 11:30AM. The Rev. Nancy Wheeler Handlon will officiate.
Wayne died after a long and courageous battle with a Clivas Chordoma brain tumor on September 18, 2009. Wayne was born in Kasson on May 22, 1942 to David and Laura Whitcomb. Wayne graduated from Pine Island High School in 1961, where he was a good athlete and lettered in basketball and football for three years.
One of Wayne’s first loves was farming. He carried that passion through much of his life and over the years raised many things including chickens, hogs and grains on his small farm outside of Rochester.
He was a very proud 39 year member of the Construction Laborers Union #405 where he thoroughly enjoyed his work of helping build and lending his hand in many of the buildings, tunnels and roads of downtown Rochester. He was also a life-long member of the Pine Island Odd Fellows.
Wayne was also the man behind the movies, “The projectionist” in nearly every movie theater in the Rochester area, including all of the outdoor theaters. He loved making sure the movies ran smoothly and ensured that the popcorn was made just right by testing it frequently!
Mr. Whitcomb is survived by his wife, Patricia Whitcomb of Rochester; sons, Jay (Peggy) Whitcomb of Golden Valley, Jon (Ann) Whitcomb of Lakeland, Joel Whitcomb of Rochester, and his daughter, Jean (James) Tibbals of Mantorville. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, Michael, Andrew, Katie, Xaiver, Adam, Rose, Jack, David and Nick; his mother, Laura Whitcomb of Chatfield; brothers, Charles (Sue) of Chatfield, Judd of St. Charles, Rolland (Sue) of Bloomington, and Brian (Diana) of Rochester; along with many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, David Whitcomb.
Friends and relatives are invited to the visitation on Monday, September 21 from 5:00-8:00PM at Macken Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service on Tuesday at Christ United Methodist Church in Rochester. Burial will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens.
Macken Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.