Wayne Eugene Flickinger, at the age of 91, passed away on Sunday, February 12, 2023.
Wayne was born December 03, 1931 in Indian Point Township, Illinois, the son of Loyal D. Flickinger and Lucille (Roe) Flickinger. He was the last living member of his immediate family.
On September 13, 1953 he married Rosalie A. Carlson. They were married for 61 years until her passing on August 15, 2015. In 1966, Wayne was transferred to St. Louis and he lived there until his death. Wayne remained in the family home he and Rosalie purchased in 1967 until November 2021. During retirement Wayne and Rosalie drove rental cars across the United States for a private company taking mini vacations for 10 years. He also helped young semi-truck drivers to get their CDL licenses until he was 85.
Wayne and Rosalie loved to travel, bird watch, attend their grandkid’s sporting, music, and dance events along with spending time together as a family. They had five children, Cindy Flickinger (11-14-2005), Judy (David) Heuring, Janet (12-16-2016) (Randy) Southmayd, Tom (Rose) Flickinger & Tim (Amy) Flickinger. He referred to his house as a full house, three queens and a pair of kings. He had nine grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and nieces and nephews.
Wayne graduated from Galesburg High School in 1949, and began working for Burlington Truck Lines as a mechanic. In 1951 he joined the National Guard with many of his friends. The unit was then called up to the Army. They were assigned to Camp Cook in California. During his time at Camp Cook he received extensive training in Diesel Mechanics. He returned back to Galesburg and his work at Burlington Truck Lines in 1953. He worked for Burlington for 38 years, and for ABF for 16 years until he retired at the age of 67.
Wayne could repair anything for family and friends from air conditioners, cars, appliances, and lawn mowers. He loved going up to his longtime friend’s farm in Abingdon, IL and called it “getting back to nature”.
The family would like to thank his caregivers Kelly Kamande, Autumn View Gardens Assisted Living and Memory Care and the Limerick House, especially Barbara Franklin.
We would also like to thank BJC Hospice and Solace Hospice for their loving care for our dad.
Memorials may be made to TEAM 265 St. Catherine, Florissant, MO 63031