VeteranWayne Azbell

Wayne AzbellWayne E. Azbell, 90, of Macomb, formerly of Ipava, died at 10:15 p.m. March 12, 2016, at Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.

He was born Feb. 14, 1926, in Ipava, a son of Edward L. and Zena M. Nelson Azbell. He married Frances Jean Easley on Nov. 28, 1946, in Ipava. She preceded him in death on Feb. 20, 2002.

He also was preceded in death by three brothers, Kenneth, Donald and Raymond Azbell; two sisters, J. Irene Breitingross and an infant; and two half-brothers, John and Lyman Azbell.

Surviving are three sons, Kim (and Gwen) Azbell of Vermont, Kevin (and Evelyn) Azbell of Phillips, Wis., and Kerry (and Marcia) Azbell of Bernard, Iowa; one daughter, Kristy (and Wayne) Little of Centennial, Co.; eight grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Western Illinois University in 1950 and his Masters of Science in Education in 1952. He received his Certificate for Advanced Study from WIU in 1968 and his Doctorate of Education from the University of Nebraska in 1971. He was an elementary and junior high teacher at Ipava School from 1950-57. He then went to Bardolph High School and served as principal from 1957-61. He then was high school principal at VIT from 1961-65. He then was Professor of Education at Western Illinois University from 1965-90.

He served on the VIT School Board from 1966-72, was President of the Western Division of the Illinois Association of School Boards in 1971, Chairperson of the North Central Evaluation Team, Canton High School in 1978, Lewistown High School in 1977 and Warsaw High School in 1981. He authored the book entitled, “History of Ipava” in June of 1986.

He was a member of the Ipava Masonic Lodge and Ipava United Presbyterian Church where he served on many committees.

He was in the U.S. Army Air Force, serving from 1944-46 in the 146th Army Air Corps Detachment 44 with a rank of Sergeant.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at his church with Pastor Kevin Kessler officiating. Visitation will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday at Shawgo Memorial Home in Astoria. Burial will be in Ipava Cemetery with full military rites provided by the Ipava American Legion.

Memorials may be made to Ipava United Presbyterian Church or Heartland Health Care Center in Macomb.

Condolences may be sent to www.shawgomemorialhome.org.


Published in the Astoria South Fulton Argus on 3/16/2016


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