Obituaries

Wayne Sanchez, Sr.

April 30, 1946 - May 13, 2019

Wayne Sanchez, Sr, 73, of Batavia passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 unexpectedly at his home.  Wayne was born in Chicago, IL April 30, 1946 the son of Theodore and Marguerite (Goldt) Sanchez. He was united in marriage to Christine Olsen, June 29, 1968, in Elmhurst, IL. 

Wayne grew up on the family farm in Warrenville, he graduated from Wheaton Central then Lewis University in Lockport, IL.  Having an aviation runway on the family farm created his passion for airplanes.  Never officially completing his pilots license he had a saying “One can only be great at one thing, those who fly and those you maintain”.  Wayne had a wonderful 50-year career as an Aircraft Mechanic mostly working out of the Dupage Airport.  He was a talented and careful mechanic who most recently was awarded the Charles Taylor Award given for 50 years of excellence and accident free service.  Second to aviation Wayne loved the Southwest.  In the 1970’s Wayne and his wife Christine moved to Arizona to experience life away from the Midwest.   It was in Arizona Wayne was a member of the JC’s club.  He particularly enjoyed his time doing the reenactments of western gun fights.  Another proud accomplishment was riding a horse in the first Fiesta Bowl Parade.  Above all his accomplishments being a father of two boys and having three wonderful grandsons rounded out Wayne’s perfect life. 

He is survived by his loving wife Christine; Wayne (Karen) Sanchez, Jr. of Batavia; Jon (Allyson) Sanchez, of Cortland; three grandchildren, Wayne III, Gavin and William Sanchez; two brothers, Theodore (Mary Ann) Sanchez, Lawrence (Rosalie) Sanchez; and nieces and nephews. 

He is preceded in death by his parents. 

Visitation will be held 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home 209 South Batavia Ave. Batavia, IL. 

Funeral services will be held 10:00 A.M Friday, May 17, 2019 at Moss Family Funeral Home.  Interment will follow the service in Chapel Hill Garden Cemetery, Oak Brook Terrace, IL.

 

Guest Book

  • Marcia Jackson My son Doug was best friends with Wayne Jr. and always respected Wayne Sr. and thought of him as a great father and person. My daughter Julie worked for him when he managed the Foxcroft Pool and thought him a great boss and really enjoyed working for him.. Its so sad he passed away so early. Condolences to the whole family.
  • Karen & Roger Polanski Roger & I were truly shocked & so very saddened to learn of Wayne's sudden passing. We all go back a long way in our aviation careers. Wayne was just at our hangar a week ago to say Hi & shoot the breeze, as he would like to do. You will be missed friend & our sincerest sympathies to Wayne's wife & family. God bless.
  • Karen & Roger Polanski Roger & I were truly shocked & so very saddened to learn of Wayne's sudden passing. We all go back a long way in our aviation careers. Wayne was just at our hangar a week ago to say Hi & shoot the breeze, as he would like to do. You will be missed friend & our sincerest sympathies to Wayne's wife & family. God bless.
  • Debbie Rodriguez May you be comforted by the happy and loving memories you have. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. Debbie Rodriguez - Nicor
  • Darlene Bailey Our prayers go out to the families we pray for comfort and peace. Darlene Bailey Nicor Gas
  • Bruce Rebechini So sorry to hear about Wayne's unexpected passing. I enjoyed working with Wayne for may years at JA while we were at DuPage. He was a very knowledgeable and careful tech. We will miss him. He is now flying higher than any of us