March 2, 1970 ~ September 27, 2022

Born in: Nashville, TN
Resided in: Indianapolis, IN


Visitation: October 5, 2022 10:00 am - October 5, 2022 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

: October 5, 2022 12:00 pm

Lavenia & Summers Home For Funerals
5811 East 38th Street
Indianapolis, IN 46218

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  1. Oh man, Wayne, Leg. What a tragedy it is to lose you. News of your passing reaches far and wide just like your vibrancy and existence. I will be so sad to go home and not be able to see you. Wish we had more time together. You have been an amazing person to so many people. All my love and condolences to the friends and family left behind. You are one in a billion.

  2. Wayne was cherished by my son and looked after him. When we met Wayne he told us how we raised a fine young man. If my son needed a mechanic, jeweler or a car to borrow Wayne was there with an answer. Thank you Wayne for watching out for my son and taking care of him. My son’s heart is truly broken, you will be missed.

  3. “Wayne’s World” was the kind of person you could never forget. There was never a time when I visited the Rathskeller that Wayne didn’t greet me with a genuine smile and my favorite drink. God broke the mold when he created Wayne, and I know he’ll be missed by so many! My sincerest condolences to his family at this difficult time.

  4. I had the pleasure of meeting Wayne just once at the Rathskeller. Our group was sitting right next to his bar and he and the waitress had a natural funny banter that kept us in stitches all evening! It’s not often one remembers a bartender that served u just once but Wayne was unforgettable and I am so very sorry for his family’s and the community’s loss.

  5. Wayne was our nextdoor neighbor/friend/family member. Our heads say he’s passed, our hearts say NO! Our memories of him will always be enshrined in our hearts. He will always be remembered. The world is a better place because he was in it and now is a little dimmer. Love to Chrispina, the kids and the family.

  6. I’ve known Wayne for over 25 years. As a frequent performer in the Rathskeller Biergarten and patron of the restaurant, he’s served me up a cold beer more times than I could count and probably wouldn’t want to. One of my favorite memories of Wayne was one time when the show in the Biergarten got rained out. Some of the band members remained on the stage as a few dozen fans joined us in the bandshell to stay out of the rain. We had a little impromptu jam session, and Wayne continued to bring us all round after round, with only an umbrella to shield him from the downpour. Best bartender ever, and a darn fine human being. I’ll miss you horribly, Wayne!

  7. The world is not as bright without Wayne with us. He was loved and will be missed both personally and as an icon to the Rathskeller. Peace and extended comfort to his family.

  8. Wayne,
    In fond remembrance.
    A beautiful human, gone too soon.
    Peace and comfort to all who knew and loved you.
    Greg & Susan S.

  9. You will be missed by many, Wayne. Definitely not going to be the same at the Rathskeller without you. Always looked forward to being greeted with your smile.

  10. I am so blessed I had the opportunity to have had him as a friend and my favorite bar tender in the city! Wish I could be there for his celebration of life, but my prayers are with his family and friends the same as if I was there. His smile brightened my day even in my darkest ones..always and ear to listen and great advice! May god hold you in the palm of his hand and say hi to my Mama! Peace!

  11. I am grateful and blessed to have known Wayne and be able to call him my friend. Wayne had a kind and loving heart with an illuminating smile and warm hug that let you know you mattered to him.

    Sending peace and comfort to Wayne’s family. May the Lords love and grace see you through this difficult time.

  12. The news of Wayne’s untimely passing left a shock, disbelief, and a void. But his warm smile and gentle spirit will reverberate for a long time, undoubtedly. I do not remember the first time I met him, some 25 years ago, but I vividly remember the last time I saw him, and the last beer he served me with that genuine smile and gentle hug, on a warm summer evening in late June. As I write this from Germany, my native country, I’ll be there in spirit for his service. My deepest condolences to Wayne’s family and all his friends. “Auf Wiedersehen.” You are being missed by many.

  13. Wayne was such a light in everyone’s life. I, like many, know him from the Rathskeller. He always greeted me with a smile and “Hey, Shorty!” I am 6’6″ and get a lot of annoying comments, but I loved that he called me Shorty. I knew he meant it in an endearing way and that’s how I received it. I’m not a beer drinker, so would always ask for a large water. When the bar was packed, he’s see me waiting patiently in the back of the line, and before I knew it, he’d hold up a large water above everyone’s heads. Such a sweetheart! I haven’t been to the Rathskeller in several years, and when I return I know it won’t be the same without his beautiful smile and presence behind the bar. He is a wonderful example that you don’t need to have a “fancy” high-powered job or be a celebrity to make a difference in someone’s life. He truly cared about everyone and made us all feel special. My condolences to Wayne’s family. Praying for peace and comfort for all who love him. I will miss you, Shorty.

  14. My deepest condolences to Angela and family. The passing of Wayne has touched all of us here in Virginia as well. My prayer is that all will remember the laughter he brought into each of your lives. Praying for comfort!

  15. My deepest condolences to Angela and family. The passing of Wayne has touched all of us here in Virginia as well. My prayer is that all will remember the laughter he brought into each of your lives. Praying for comfort!

  16. You were one in a million. Always a beautiful smile and a big hug. Your presence will be greatly missed. Thank you for always being good to me and my group.

  17. RIP Wayne. I met you 22 years ago and you were always proud to share stories of your family and went above and beyond to make others a part of your community. You will be missed and my thoughts and prayers are with your loved ones during this time

  18. It’s been more than one decade since I last saw Wayne but his smile and kind eyes are indelibly etched in my mind. Wayne was living proof that it is the small and personal acts of love and kindness that make the world a better place.

  19. I’m here writing for my little daughter Janiya.. she was so grateful for your support and guidance and assistance with maneuvering in her new role at Rathskeller… she was so proud of you. I’m so sorry that we only got to meet one time but I guess God knew your assignments were completed you showed us what the world needed more of and that was love. God bless and keep your family safe always. Keita.

  20. I am sooooo shocked to see your Obituary. I knew but could not believe it was you. Will never forget your beautiful smile. Very sorry to hear of your passing. I met you at the Rathskellar as well, working for Rotary, in the same building. You were so kind and attentive. You will truly be missed.
    My condolences and prayers to your family. Rest In Peace.

  21. A kinder heart and a brighter smile I have never found. Such a sweet human, and I will miss him always. People always say cliche things like, “gone too soon”, but it couldn’t be more appropriate than it is in this case.

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