G. Wayne Gauldin went to be with his Lord on September 11, 2013 after a short bout with Stage 4 Melanoma. He was born in Danville, VA on October 2, 1938. Wayne was the son of the late Garner W and Laura Jefferson Gauldin. Wayne was married to Frances Carol Gill from 1961 to 1970. Wayne then married Martha Ann McAllister-Siddons on October 9, 1971; she died in 1998. He married Elizabeth "Betty" J Zeier-Stazio May 31, 2003 and relocated to the Janesville, Wisconsin area.
Every day of Wayne's life was "S-u-p-e-r G-r-e-a-t" and fueled by his strong faith, love and passion for our Lord, Jesus Christ. He believed his accomplishments and success were the result of God at work. Wayne's daily routine included reading scripture and studying the Bible. His wish is for his children and grandchildren to be followers of Christ.
As a young boy Wayne worked in his father's grocery store delivering groceries on his bicycle in the community of Danville, VA. After graduating from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) with a degree in business and marketing he worked several years as a purchasing officer for the Commonwealth of Virginia developing food service specifications for the state of VA.
In October of 1961, he enlisted in the Army National Guard and was assigned to the 111th Artillery Unit of Richmond VA. His unit was attached to the 101st Airborne when called to active duty during the Berlin crisis. He was honorably discharged in 1966. In 1967, he joined Taylor and Sledd later known as Pocahontas Foods USA in Richmond, VA. Wayne became known as "Mr. Pocahontas" as he traveled the country as regional sales manager, Vice President- Quality Assurance and Director of Training and Development. He developed a sales training program and conducted over 500 foodservice sales and sales management schools throughout the country.
Wayne was loved and highly regarded by many in the foodservice distribution industry. His accomplishments and awards were abundant and of significance. After retiring in 1999 he indulged his childhood love and dreams of aviation by traveling to airshows throughout the Midwest and east coast. His passion led him to the involvement as the Director of Operations for the Southern Wisconsin AirFEST in 2003 and 2004.
"Wayne's Gang" a group of approximately 70 aviation enthusiasts from around the country shared experiences on a daily basis. Wayne was a contributing reporter for the Atlantic Flyer and other aviation publications. He was a member of the World War II Warbirds.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; a son Gary W. (Lesley) Gauldin and granddaughter, Gabrielle W. Gauldin of Richmond, VA; daughter, Donna (Garry) Duncan and granddaughters, Abigail and Sadie of Philadelphia, PA; step-son, Scott (Debby) Siddons and grandchildren: Bradley, Sarah and Chris of Richmond, VA; step-daughters, Lisa M Stazio and grandchildren: Kyle, Tyler, Mariah and Troy, and Laura A. Stazio-Kluge (Jo) and grandchildren: Kaylee, Conner, Carter, Nolan and Kyla of Janesville; and great-grandsons: Bryan Siddons, Colin and Zaavery Richards. In addition he is survived by his mother-in-law, Rose Mary Zeier of Janesville; sisters-in-law: MaryAnn (Chuck) Schwenn of Waunakee, Barbara Zeier of Milwaukee, Susan (Bill) Bannier of Milwaukee; and brother-in-law, David (Susan) Zeier of Sandusky, OH; his loving aunts, Abbie Gauldin Carter of Axton, VA and Betty Gauldin (Ralph) Thompson of Collinsville, VA; his uncle, Wesley Kidd of Axton, VA; and many special nieces, nephews, and cousins.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:00 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, at St. JOHN VIANNEY CATHOLIC CHURCH with Msgr. Jim Uppena officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Janesville. Visitation will take place on Sunday from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the SCHNEIDER APFEL SCHNEIDER & SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME and CREMATORY, Janesville, and again on Monday at the church from 10:00 a.m. until the hour of service at 11:00 a.m.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, September 22, 2013 from 1:00 – 4:00 at the Woody Funeral Home 1771 N. Parham Road, Richmond VA 23229.
The family would like to thank Dr. Aaron Best and Marty for the years of medical attention and care. Dr. Kate Templeton, the 3rd floor staff for the exclamatory care at Janesville's Saint Mary's Hospital, Saint Jude Hospice, Father Jim Uppena and Sister Lauratana of Saint John Vianney Parish and all who provided prayer, special love, comfort and support.
Wayne is now "clear to land" as he finds himself on "final approach" to Heaven's gate. Happy landing Babe, Dad, Paw Paw and friend; you are so dearly loved and you will be missed…