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Wayne Robert Atwood
  • 80 years old
  • Date of birth: Jan 30, 1932
  • Place of birth:
    North Platte, Nebraska, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 3, 2012
  • Place of passing:
    Des Moines, Washington, United States
“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children...to leave the world a better place...to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” (Ralph Waldo Emerson)


      "True heroism is remarkably sober, very undramatic. It is not the urge to surpass all others at whatever cost, but the urge to serve others at whatever cost."

-Arthur Ashe-

    My father never owned a cape, never wore a colorful spandex costume and never exited a phone booth any different than when he entered it.  He was none-the-less a true hero to all who knew him as he spent the entirety of his life giving tirelessly and compassionately to others.  His heart was perpetually available to anyone who needed some emotional or spiritual comfort and his incredible legacy of love will continue to light the hallways of our hearts forever.  He was an amazing man who lived an exemplary life and I am deeply grateful and honored to have been his son.   Godspeed, Dad, and may the eternal rewards that you so richly deserve be waiting for you above.


***Memorial Service Info***

         My father's funeral and memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 9th at 10:30a.m. at St. Francis Catholic Church in Burien, Washington.  We would love to see many of you there to celebrate his amazing life!


***Pulmonary Fibrosis Donation***

   Make a donation to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation in Wayne's name and give other families hope for a cure to this terrible disease.  Just follow the link below:

http://pulmonaryfibrosis.donorpages.com/Tribute/wayneatwood

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Karen Atwood on 3rd July 2013

"Dad, it had been one year since you flew home.  You left so much behind in everything you have done and I am forever doubly blessed to have you for my Dad.  I love you, Dad!  The family and I are taking care of Mom."

This tribute was added by Joanne Reid Coughran on 27th July 2012

"Love the photos -- thank you!  It's especially sweet to recall the natural affection between Uncle Wayne & Aunt Glenna.  Sad to think how rare, but what a treasure!  So foundational.  My hands-down favorites are the Halloween pics, though -- LOL!  I resonated with LeAnn's comment, and choose to hear Uncle Wayne's "very distinctive laugh" through his hats!  And, like Karen, see him dancing."

This tribute was added by Carol Gallagher on 22nd July 2012

"What to say about this amazing man. He was a Godly man. He walked and lived the talk without speaking it. I consider it a privileged to have known this man and thankful for his love and friendship. I know your body is now free of pain and dancing with the Angels. I'll meet you in heaven. Its not goodbye, but see you later!"

This tribute was added by Rosemary Thurston on 21st July 2012

"Wayne was a wonderful friend who loved life and everyone around him.  He and Glenna created a wonderful family with perfect love.  I know you are in heaven with God and the angels looking down and showering your love on all of us.  You can win all your Poker hands now!  We miss you."

This tribute was added by Glenna Atwood on 19th July 2012

"Wayne and I were married for 59 1/2 years.  He was the most considerate, caring, thoughtful husband anyone could ever have, so easy to live with, worked so hard.  He was such a good example for our kids being there when they needed him, doing things with them, setting a good example.   Never complaining about his illness.   He was well loved and will be soully missed."

This tribute was added by Diane Gerner on 18th July 2012

"Our Dad was amazing!  He did not preach his religion, he lived it.  It was his roots, his connection to home, to his mother,  to childhood. Every Sunday he escorted us off to church, all 8 of us.  He loved his church and it showed by how much he loved others.  How beautiful that on his final days the love he gave so generously came back to surround him in death. "Lord How Great Thou Are""

This tribute was added by Norma Girias on 15th July 2012

"Precious man!   I knew and worked with Wayne for many years while  at Boeing.  He once saved me from being laid off -  and actually created a new position for me in another part of the organization.  
But apart from  that gesture, he was still one of the kindest and most precious people I have ever known.  He has always been in my heart.  A blessing in my life."

This tribute was added by LeAnn Cox on 15th July 2012

"I will share this sad news within the Cox Family.  Do you know what I choose to hear right now?  His very distinctive laugh!"

This tribute was added by Deborah Sharp on 14th July 2012

"Rest in Peace Grandpa/Wayne.  You are greatly missed, and have always been.  Wish we could have seen you more.  Vinnie, Louie, and Deb"

This tribute was added by Stefani Nisco on 10th July 2012

"To a precious example of His Love:
Although I had only a short while to know you, you have left an indelible blessing on my life ... you will remain in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Bernie Atwood on 9th July 2012

"Dad was my everything, He was always there for me and my siblings  NO matter how big or how small,you knew Dad was behind you all they way. From cheering me on when i hit my first home run to showing me how to tie a tie,  from loaning me the celica to go to prom, to cosighning for a loan,he gave all and asked for nothing in return. I strive to be half the man my Father was. GOD SPEED PAPA!"

This tribute was added by Mary Atwood on 9th July 2012

"There was a Dad who had a daughter. Swung her, spun her, caught her, hugged her, praised her, taught her and loved her.  Oh what happiness he brought her. You were the very best Dad I could have ever wished for. I was so lucky to be your daughter. I hope we all made you as happy as you made us. You will be in my heart forever."

This tribute was added by Amy Atwood Townsend on 8th July 2012

"This candle is being lit for you Grandpa!  For all the many hats you wore in my life..."

This tribute was added by Karen Atwood on 7th July 2012

"Dad was my rock of love, of life and of wisdom.  His legacy will live on in each of us kids to the people he had reached out to help.  The amazing man is now free and wild as a butterfly playing tag with the wind and to dance in the air and sunshine.  I love you so much Dad!"


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