Wayne T. Hope, 86, beloved father, grandfather, and anchor in the family, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 16, 2023.
Wayne was born in Topeka, Kansas on November 2, 1936. In his early years, he lived on a farm in Moundville, Missouri which was the cornerstone for his love of farming and the outdoors. His family left the farm when he was 10 years of age and moved to Paola, Kansas. At age, 16, the family moved to Englewood, Colorado where he finished high school. In June of 1954, at the age of 17 years, he joined the Marines and was stationed in Japan for three years during the Korean War.
After the end of his term as a marine, Wayne entered the business world in computer technology and was hired by IBM as a field tech representative living on Guam to work on military bases and within the local school system. Over the 20 plus years of working in computer technology, he worked for companies such as Dura, SCM and Addo-X, with the achievement of becoming President of the North America region for GN-Telematic. Afterward, he diversified his career in operations management and finance working at various companies, eventually retiring from Randstad. After retirement, Wayne volunteered his time to help senior citizens file their annual tax return and mentoring high school students through, "Future Business Leaders of America."
Throughout Wayne's adult life, he enjoyed growing vegetables, hunting, fishing, camping, sailing, canoeing, woodworking, and anything related to simply being outdoors . His real love of life was to be with his wife, Ursula. They enjoyed Sunday drives, travel and spending time with their children and grandchildren. His favorite way to relax was to enjoy a glass of beer or wine with friends and family and talk of the past,"the old days."
Wayne is survived by his two daughters, Annette Mayor and Linda Dykens, his son-in-law, Sean Dykens, and his four grandchildren, Kaitlin and Kelsey Mayor, Conor and Tanner Dykens, as well as his brother, Dale Hope and his sister-in-law, Lana Hope.
Wayne will be laid to rest in the Georgia National Cemetery in Canton, Georgia on August 11th at 1:30pm followed by a personal family and friends celebration of his life. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital which was both Wayne and Ursula's chosen charity.