Wayne A. Selvey, 87, passed from this life on Wednesday July 3, 2013, at home in Tonkawa, Oklahoma. He was born on May 26, 1926, West of Marland, Oklahoma to Harlan E. Selvey and Winnie D. (Osborne) Selvey.
Wayne attended Elm Grove and Marland Schools, graduating from Marland High School, in 1944. He had decided to follow in his father’s footsteps and had entered into the occupation of farming the year before graduating.
Wayne married his high school sweetheart, Cora L. Smithheisler on July 27, 1945. They made their home west of Marland and began their family the next year with the birth of the first of four children.
Wayne retired from farming in 1979 and began constructing the home in Tonkawa in which he and Cora lived until his death. He supplemented his farming income by working at many secondary occupations during his life. Those include carpentry, mechanic, millwright, machinist, school bus driver, insurance sales and in his later years clerking in a Tonkawa feed store, supervising at the Tonkawa landfill, and driving the senior citizen van. He joined the Masonic Lodge in 1972 and was active until the last year or two of his life. He served for more than 15 years on the Marland school board and he very seldom turned away his community or friends on multitude of volunteer projects.
Wayne loved to dance and he and Cora attended one to two dances a week for many years. He also enjoyed playing cards with his family and friends for more than six decades. He adored his grandchildren and great grandchildren and would make things for them and enjoyed attending their functions. He was a caring and attentive husband, father, grandfather, and friend, always willing to dedicate his time and energy to the needs of friends and family.
He is survived by his wife Cora; three daughters and one son, Sharon Yost of Denton, TX., Jean Vasek and husband John of Perry, Roberta Schneeberger and husband Daniel of Blackwell, and Donald Selvey and wife Sharon of Ponca City; sister, Fredonna Lee of Oklahoma City; sister-in-law, Esther Selvey of Cleveland, OK.; brother-in-law, J.W. Smithheisler of Kerrville, TX.; eight grandchildren, Tamara Iske and husband Dave of Norman, Trey Yost and wife Melissa of Dallas, Troy Schultz of Perry, Shelly Lumbers and husband Matt of Perry, Tina Newton and husband Andres Pimentel of Costa Rica, Lynette Wosmek and husband Phil of Perry, Heather Schneeberger of Blackwell, and Rancetan Schneeberger of Blackwell; seventeen great grandchildren, Katherine Grace Yost, Donovan Yost, Shelbi Schultz, Trevor Schultz, Trysta Schultz, Noah Nida, Jordan Nida, Ayden Lumbers, Ashtyn Lumbers, Madison Karcher, Nathanael Karcher, Emma Wosmek, Samantha Quiros, Matthew Quiros, Landon Beliel, Teagyn Beliel, and Whitley Jo Westbrook.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother John Selvey; one sister-in-law, Virginia (Smithheisler)Thompson and her husband Moody; one brother-in-law Jim Smithheisler and his wife Virla.
Wayne will lie in state Sat. July 6, 9am – 8pm and Sunday July 7, 1pm – 8pm and his family will receive guests Sunday, July 7, 2013 from 4:00 til 7:00 pm at the Anderson Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Monday, July 8, 2013 at 2:30 in the Tonkawa First Baptist Church with Pastor Chris Short and Rev. Nathan Copeland officiating. Interment will follow at Resthaven Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Anderson Funeral Home, Tonkawa.
Pallbearers will be Kenny Osborne, Steve Kienholz, John Aaron Linn, Danny Luter, Harold Luter, Jr., Rancetan Schneeberger, Troy Schultz and Trey Yost. Honorary Pallbearers will be Harvey Yost, Dave Iske, Matt Lumbers, John Selvey, John Vasek and Daniel Schneeberger.
Memorials May be made to “Heroes for Children” or “J.D. McCarty Center” in care of Tonkawa Funeral Home, PO Box 337, Tonkawa, OK 74653
Condolences may be sent to the family using our online guest book at www.tonkawafh.com.