Wayne R. Chase, a U.S. Army veteran, died on August 17, 2022 at the age of 95. Wayne was born on May 31, 1927 in Niagara Falls, NY to the late Earl Hodge Chase and Mildred Steinbrenner Chase. Wayne served his country in the United States Army, earning the rank of Private First Class. Later, he established an extensive career as a professional engineer for Ford Motor Company. During his career, he filed several patents in his name and played a central role in the development of the Minute Man missile, an iconic American nuclear arsenal. Among his many accomplishments throughout his career was NASA’s success on the moon landing. He was a member of the Elks Club and the Lutheran Men’s Club of Tennessee. Wayne was also a veterans volunteer; devoting much of his time each month to Tennessee veteran homes. Wayne had a remarkable sense of adventure. He and his wife, Heather, have traveled the world together to countless destinations, including the Amazon, Hong Kong, Russia and Paris. Alongside his wife, he owned an urban farm in Michigan for a time and then a travel agency for 20 years. Wayne’s keen sense of humor and genuine zest for life will forever be remembered. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Heather R. Chase; his daughter, Wynne Lisa Chase; and his sister, Nancy Mae Slaven. He is predeceased by his two sons, Stuart Wayne Chase and Todd Richard Chase; and his brother, Robert Earl Chase. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
Posted on September 02, 2022
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