Thursday, August 5, 2010

Beloved husband and father, Thomas Wayne Fugate, passed away peacefully in hospice care on June 18, 2010 in Oro Valley, Ariz.

T. Wayne was born in Walnut, Kan., on Sept. 18, 1929, and lived in Walnut until leaving for the University of Colorado.

After graduating with degrees in chemical engineering and marketing, he served as an officer in the US Navy, 1955-1958.

He and his wife Mary raised their four children in Little Rock, Ariz., and later in St. Louis, Mo.

He retired from Merck & Co., Inc. (previously Calgon Corporation) in 1989 after a successful 31-year career in sales and management.

T. Wayne and Mary built their retirement home in Oro Valley, where they pursued hobbies in bird-watching and golf.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Tracy Fugate and Lizzie Bell Fugate of Walnut, Kan.; and by his brother, Leroy Fugate of Redfield, Kan..

He is survived by his wife Mary Dawley Fugate of Oro Valley; children Michael Wayne Fugate and wife Tina Fugate of Sycamore, Ill.; John Thomas Fugate of San Antonio, Texas; Kathleen Fugate Laborde and husband Ralph Laborde, of San Antonio, Texas; and Barbara Jane Fugate of Minneapolis, Minn.; and loving grandchildren.

Services will be held on Saturday, Aug. 7 at the Walnut United Methodist Church at 10 a.m., to be followed by interment of ashes at the Glenwood Cemetery in Walnut.

Arrangements: Smith-Carson-Wall Funeral Home, 518 W St. John, Box 258, Girard, 66743.