Wayne Eldon Fonken, 85, of Carbondale passed away peacefully at his home on Aug. 8, 2010 surrounded by his loving family and in the care of Hospice of the Valley. Services were held at Rosehill Cemetery in Grundy Center, Iowa and included a military ceremony conducted by the Grundy Center American Legion Post #349 and AMVETS #17.
Wayne was born May 3, 1925 in Grundy Center. He was the only child of Walter and Grace (Kluver) Fonken. He married Betty Flickinger on Dec. 3, 1950 in Independence, Iowa.
After graduating from Grundy Center High School in 1943, he joined the Navy and served on the destroyer U.S.S. Foote DD511 as part of the Little Beaver Squadron in the South Pacific. After the war ended, he worked with his father at Walter's Oil Company. He also enjoyed driving the school bus for Grundy Public Schools. In 1972, he and his family moved to Carbondale where he owned and operated Massco Janitorial Supply Co. After selling Massco, he was employed by Walmart for almost 20 years, until retiring at age 80.
Wayne loved and cared for his family deeply. He was a kind and gentle soul with many friends. He also had a passion for running, and began participating in marathons after age 50; including the Leadville 100 and the Pikes Peak Marathon.
He is survived by his wife Betty, daughters Beth Anne (Jeff) and Wendy (Pierre), sons John and Jeff, granddaughters Samantha Fonken, Anne and Claire Martin. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson, Glenn.