ANTWERP -- Wayne L. Zielke, 88, of Antwerp, passed away at home on Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014.
Wayne was born in Briceton on Oct. 31, 1925, a son of the late Bertha (Mabis) and Paul Zielke.
Wayne helped others farm after high school, then began farming for himself in 1956. He also worked at Grizzly Manufacturing, Dana Weatherhead and Challenge Cook.
He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, where he was active in the church choir, and was a volunteer for the Lutheran Brotherhood and Thrivent for Lutherans. He was also a member of the Antwerp Conservation Club, Hicksville Eagles and New Haven Navy Club.
Wayne loved his family but also enjoyed fishing, gardening and camping.
On Dec. 25, 1952, Wayne married Mary Jane Gilbert.
He will be sadly missed by his wife, Mary Jane; children, Jerry (Sue) and John (Darlene), all of Antwerp, and Nancy (Del) McClain of Monroeville, Ind.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Also preceding him in death were a grandson, John; and siblings Marietta Harper, Clara Dye, Ruth, Alvin, Carl, Ray and Paul.
Viewing is Monday from 4-8 p.m. at Dooley Funeral Home, Antwerp.
His funeral service is at St. John Lutheran Church, 09088 Openlander Road, Sherwood, at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11, with viewing one hour prior.
Memorials are to St. John Church or St. John Choir.
Condolences and fond memories may be shared at www.dooleyfuneralhome.com.