Wayne Bixler Kenfield, the son of Chester Canterbury and Blanche (Bixler) Kenfield, was born August 4, 1930, in La Porte, Indiana. Wayne died April 16, 2017 at Creston Specialty Care, Creston, Iowa, at the age of 86 years.
Wayne attended the La Porte schools and was a graduate of Purdue University with a degree in microbiology. He was an educator for two years. The remainder of his career was spent as an environmental chemist, serving in Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, an Ohio.
Wayne married Mary Ann Blazek Campbell, November 10, 1962 in La Porte, Indiana. After living in several states during Wayne’s career, the couple retired at Sun Valley Lake, Iowa and eventually, in Creston, Iowa.
Wayne was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses. He enjoyed gardening, growing vegetables, beautiful flowers, and houseplants. He was an avid reader and also enjoyed history and playing Scrabble.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Blanche Kenfield; wife, Mary Ann; parents-in-law, Rudolph and Gladys Blazek; sister, Dorothy King; brothers-in-law, Rex King, Robert Brown, and Louis Blazek; sisters-in-law, Mary Kenfield and Margaret Blazek: and nieces, Deammie Jo Blazek and Patricia Blazek.
Left to cherish Wayne’s memory are his brother, Kenneth Kenfield, Cincinnati, Ohio; sister, Joyce Droege and husband Gary, Syracuse, New York; brother-in-law, John Blazek, Prescott, Iowa; sisters-in-law, Daisy Brown, Corning, Iowa, and Darlene Blazek, Creston, Iowa; several nieces; nephews, other relatives, friends, and Christian Brothers and Sisters of the Kingdom Hall.