September 16, 1922 - April 3, 2016
Wayne R. Winslow, age 93 of Blair, died on April 3, 2016 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Blair on Saturday, April 9, with visitation starting at 1:00 PM and service at 2:00 PM. Burial will be on a later date beside his infant son Robert in the family plot in the Ida Grove, Iowa, cemetery. Wayne R. Winslow was born in Hebron, Nebraska on September 16, 1922. He was the oldest son of the six children of Roy and Viva Winslow. His father was a pharmacist and owned a Rexall drug store, and Wayne spend his growing-up years becoming a master soda jerk, helping customers, and maintaining the pharmacy inventory. After the sudden death of his father during Wayne’s junior year in high school, and because of the serious illness of his youngest brother, Wayne and his mother elected to move the family to Iowa City for the accessibility of the University of Iowa Hospital. He was graduated from City High School in Iowa City, became a piper in the all-male University of Iowa Highlanders and began studies at the University of Iowa, majoring in engineering. His education was interrupted by World War II. He enlisted in the air force and was selected for a special unit which ultimately was sent to a newly liberated base on the island of Guam. He mastered a top secret code, arrived on Guam shortly after the Allies had secured the island, and ultimately transmitted the order for the dropping of the first atomic bomb. His observations were reported to the officers and official observers outside the room. In the years after the war, he learned through government officials who periodically visited his home without advanced notice that his actions in civilian life were regularly monitored by the Department of Defense or Secret Service. Thanks to the GI Bill and extensive summer work with John Deere, Wayne earned his degree in Mechanical Engineering from the State University of Iowa, as chief engineer of the Godbersen Company in Ida Grove, and finally joined the industrial sales engineering staff of Standard Oil of Indiana. In 1954, he married Clarann Bekman, and the couple lived in Newton, Ida Grove, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo, Overland Park, Omaha, and after retiring, in Blair. As a student at the University of Iowa, he was encouraged to try out for the Iowa Highlanders, an all-male group of bagpipers. He loved the bagpipes, and the Highlanders were regular entertainment at the football games, in parades, and in competitions. In his later years, he challenged his lungs by again taking up the pipes and teaching fellow Shriners bagpiping. Surviving family members include his wife of 61 years, Clarann, son and daughter-in-law, Richard and Cassandra Winslow of Soldotna, Alaska, daughter and son-in-law, Dr. Jean and Dr. John Simonson of Blair, Nebraska, and grandchildren, Thomas Simonson, Matthew Simonson, Danika Winslow, and Isaak Winslow.
Wayne R. Winslow, age 93 of Blair, died on April 3, 2016 at Memorial Community Hospital in Blair. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church in Blair on Saturday, April 9, with visitation starting at 1:00 PM and service... View Obituary & Service Information
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