Wayne Gilham


February 18, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Wilfred Wayne Gillham, 89, passed away at Diversicare in Chanute on Feb. 14, 2015.
Wayne was born Jan. 28, 1926 in Bayard, the son of Walker Albert and Martha Viola (Stark) Gillham. He was raised in Bayard, attending country school for eight years and then high school in Mildred.
Shortly after high school Wayne was drafted into the U.S. Army, serving in World War II. When he returned from his tour of duty he married Ruth (Spillman) on Sept. 1, 1948 in Mapleton. They shared 66 years of marriage. The couple was blessed with three sons, Terry, Rex and Charles. The family made their home in Humboldt, and Wayne began working for Monarch Cement Company doing various jobs in the quarry. He was with the company for nearly 41 years before his retirement. During his time at Monarch, Wayne belonged to the United Cement Lime and Gypsum Worker’s Union, serving as their financial secretary. He was also a member of First Baptist Church of Humboldt, where he served as a deacon.
Wilfred Wayne Gillham was preceded in death by his parents, his siblings, Eileen Gillham, Velma Lucas, Vera Kamping, Gilbert Wells and Wendell Gillham.
He is survived by his wife Ruth (Spillman) Gillham, of the home in Humboldt; his children, Terry Gillham and wife Beth, Taylor, Texas, Rex Gillham and wife Peggy, Haughton, La., and Charles “Chuck” Gillham and wife Linda, Plevna; five granddaughters and their spouses, Tammy Burden, Jennifer Anderson, Alisha Blankenship, Becky Diller and Colette Dahmer; eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-granddaughters; and by many nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Humboldt First Baptist Church; burial will follow in Mount Hope Cemetery. The family will meet with friends from 4 to 6 p.m. today at Countryside Funeral Home-Humboldt Chapel. Memorials are suggested to First Baptist Church of Humboldt and may be sent in care of Countryside Funeral Home, 101 N. Highland Chanute, KS 66720.
Online condolences may be left at www.countrysidefh.com.  

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