Elmer Wayne Thurman, age 71, of Curryville, passed away at 2:56 a.m. on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 at his home in Curryville with family by his side. A visitation was held on Friday, July 31, 2015 from 2-6 p.m. at Waters Funeral Chapel in Vandalia. Graveside memorial services will be held at a later date. Interment of his cremains will be held in the Curryville Cemetery at a later date.
Elmer Wayne Thurman was born on September 15, 1943 in rural Bowling Green, Missouri, the son of Elmer Newton and Mary Louise “Mae” (Morton) Thurman.
He married Jean Ann Roberts on July 15, 1968 in Miami, Oklahoma.
He lived his entire life in Pike and Audrain counties. Wayne attended Vandalia, Curryville and Bowling Green schools and was a Baptist by faith.
He served three years in the U.S. Army from 1961-1964 and had been stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Seoul Korea and Ft. Riley, Kansas. Wayne retired from Harbison Walker Refractories as a kiln burner in Vandalia after 49 years. He held several union officer positions with Union 853.
Wayne was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved camping at Ashburn, Missouri.
Survivors include his wife Jean Ann, of the home; one brother, Tom Thurman and one sister, Nancy Thurman Nation and husband Larry, all of Vandalia; nieces and nephews Loriann Houchin and Bryce, friend Darrell Rutherford, all of New Franklin; Cheryl and Allen Nelson, of Auxvasse; Lisa and Dave Tucker, of Umitilla, Florida; Lukas and Jonah Hamburg, of Columbia; Randy, Melissa and Michael Cox, of Ashland; Kelly, Mickey, and Bryan Mink, of Vandalia; Keith, Nickole, Mitchell, Molly, and Madelyn Nation, of Wentzville; one brother-in-law, Rex Luckett and wife Barb, of rural Curryville; Nicole Luckett and Megan Luckett, of Perry; Jason and Jennifer Goff, Jason Jr., Tyler, and Mildred, all of Mexico; Aaron and Samatha Goff, Michael, Gaberiel, Lucious, Julian, all of Paris; Christopher Goff and Allie, of Mexico; Cory and Bri Goff, Owen, and Ryker, of Mexico; Nicole Goff, of Hannibal; Aunts, Martha Morton, of Frankford, and Edna Worthington, of Mexico; Aunts/Caregivers, Donna, Karen, and Sharon Caldwell, of Vandalia; Special long-time friends/caregivers, Joe and Katy Wagler, Steven Adele, Jerry, Rachel, Joseph, Lucas, Marlin, Luella, Linda, Wilmer, Rose, and Frances.
He was preceded in death by his parents.