Obituary of Wayne Norcross
Donald Wayne Norcross was born on April 15, 1946, in Clinton, Missouri, the only child of Bobby (Bob) Norcross and Gloria Jean (Waugh) Norcross. Wayne attended kindergarten through 3rd grade at Jefferson Park Elementary School in Clinton. In 1955, at age 9, Wayne started a lifetime of rural living, moving into the home his parents built on the family farm west of Clinton, where he lived until age 21 and again from age 58 to 73. Wayne attended four years at Russell, a rural one-room school, where he walked to and from school with neighbor kids and loaded the coal stove during the winters. He went on to attend Clinton Junior High, attain the rank of Eagle Scout, and graduate from Clinton High School in 1964. Wayne went to the Warrensburg State College for one year. Wayne joined the Missouri Army National Guard on August 15, 1965 and served for 6 years, until August 14, 1971.
On October 21, 1967, at age 21, Wayne married Donna Gayle Hager, age 19. Wayne and Donna had two daughters, Rhonda and Amy. After a few years of marriage, Wayne and Donna settled into a home on 10 acres, west of Clinton.
Wayne was a member of Drake’s Chapel United Methodist Church for 45 years. He was actively involved with the church and has previously served as the treasurer and on the administrative council.
In his own words, Wayne was raised to do a good day’s work and be proud of what you accomplished. He had well-defined ideals about what he thought was right or wrong and didn’t mind to tell you. He was not afraid to take a stand or have an opinion on an issue. But he would be the first to admit, at times, that he has been wrong. He was a little stubborn and hard to trade with and if or when you made a deal with him, you usually felt like you had earned it. He did not like to waste time, money, or resources. He always tried to treat everyone fairly. He never asked or expected anyone to do something that he wasn’t willing to do himself. He was very proud of both of his daughters for achieving high educations and being successful and productive citizens. He was thankful for good son-in-laws and grandchildren. He was a tender hearted person who didn’t like to see any creature in pain or suffer. He felt fortunate to be born in a free country where you could achieve what ever your desires and ambitions would allow. He was thankful for being born in an agricultural family and being able to farm for a living. He was a particular person who liked to have everything neat and organized. He was blessed by God with good health and a wonderful wife and family, for which he was very thankful. As his words show, and as anyone acquainted with him would agree, Wayne knew himself well.
Wayne passed away on Friday morning, October 25, 2019, at home on the family farm. Wayne was preceeded in death by his parents, Bobby (Bob) Norcross and Gloria Jean (Waugh) Norcross. Wayne’s family includes his wife of 52 years, Donna, who was his faithful caregiver during his illness. His daughters are Rhonda Norcross Kempker and Amy Norcross Wareham and son-in-laws are Kyle Kempker and Ryan Wareham. Wayne left five grandchildren, Ella Kempker, Gavin Wareham, Grayson Kempker, Violet Kempker, and Corbin Wareham, with fond memories of him, his advice and stories, and of hours spent driving the 4-wheeler and Ranger and entertaining themselves as kids on the family farm.
Memorial services will be 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at the Bradley & Hadley Funeral Home, Clinton. The family will receive friends from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., just prior to the service. Private family interment will be in Englewood Cemetery. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Drakes Chapel United Methodist Church or Serenity Hospice, and these donations may be left in care of the funeral home.