December 1, 1918 - September 19, 2016
Wayne, at the age of 97, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by his family, on Monday, September 19th. He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, uncle and friend to all who knew him. A Celebration of his Life will be held Thursday, September 29th at 4:00 in the chapel at First United Methodist Church of Richardson.
Wayne was born at home on a farm in Madison County, Iowa, near the town of Lorimor on December 1, 1918 to Vasco and Edna Gifford. He graduated from West Waterloo High School in 1936, and Iowa State Teacher’s College, now the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa in1941. He served in the army during World War II in the Pacific theater as an artillery observer. While on a short leave, he married the love of his life, Phyllis Sherrill, on February 5th, 1944. He received an Honorable Discharge as Staff Sergeant of the 362nd Field Artillery Battalion in December, 1945. When he was discharged from the army, he began working for the Internal Revenue Service in Waterloo, Iowa. In 1957, he was transferred to Omaha, Nebraska as Regional IRS Analyst. When the IRS office in Omaha was closed, he was transferred to Dallas in 1963. In 1974, he moved from the IRS to the Department of Energy as audit Director. He retired in February, 1979. He and his wife Phyllis began traveling throughout the United States with their travel trailer. They had fun taking friends and grandchildren with them and enjoyed all the beautiful sights in our great country. In 1982, he passed the CPA exam, ranking 5th highest score in the state, and began working at Hendricks and Graves Accounting Firm during tax seasons. He retired from Hendricks and Graves in 1996 and became the volunteer treasurer for the gift shop at Methodist Richardson Medical Center for many years. He and his wife Phyllis were active members of First United Methodist Church of Richardson since 1963. They had been married 72 years at the time of his death. He was an ardent Cowboy fan. He loved to read and work jigsaw puzzles. Wayne loved his family and was truly a great role model.
Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Craig, and his sister, Lucille Wahrenbrock. He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; daughter and husband, Janet & John Ebey; son and wife, Rex & Pamela Gifford; daughter-in-law, Laurie Gifford, seven grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, please send a memorial to Sol Goldman Pancreatic Research Center: Ralph H.Hruban, MD, John Hopkins Medical Institution, 600 N. Wolfe St., Carnegie 417, Baltimore, MD 21287 or The Parks Church Melissa, PO Box 33, Melissa, TX 75454.
Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252
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