Richard ‘Wayne’ Stanford, husband, father and PePaw, passed away June 9, 2020, at the age of 73 at his home in Mesquite with his beloved wife and family near his side.
Graveside services for Wayne were held Saturday, June 13, 2020, at Eubank Funeral Home’s Haven of Memories Memorial Park in Canton.
Wayne was born Aug. 17, 1946, in Grand Saline to the late Charles Earl Stanford and Mildred Bernice Russell Stanford of Ben Wheeler.
Wayne grew up in Ben Wheeler and graduated from Van High School in 1964. When the need arrived, he enlisted with the US Air Force on Nov. 1, 1964, as a Medical Specialist. He proudly served his country and was honorably discharged July 18, 1969, as a decorated Sergeant. During his enlistment, he received the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Air Force Good Conduct Medal.
After Wayne’s return from Vietnam, he embarked on a career spanning more than three decades in computer technology for companies such as Texas Instruments and Raytheon. His proficiency for technology systems allowed him to travel from Texas to the east coast and beyond, landing him as far away as Singapore and Malaysia.
After meeting the love of his life dancing, Wayne proposed and then later married Sheron Lynnette Ormsby on Aug. 9, 1974. Together, they celebrated nearly 46 years of marriage, proving Wayne was correct when he said if you marry the right woman, you get to have sleepovers with your best friend for the rest of your life.
Wayne was a classic car aficionado with a love of NASCAR that took him to endless races. He was a man’s man who loved classic cars, guns, football and camping. The latter two did not mix well and proved to cut his camping escapades short.
Having been bitten early on by the travel bug, Wayne set a lofty goal for himself to visit all 50 states with his wife and best friend, Sheron. He almost achieved that goal with Alaska being the only one that got away. Wayne loved the Grinch. However, unlike the Grinch, Wayne’s heart was never too small. Under that gruff exterior he had the largest heart of all.
One of Wayne’s favorite quotes was:
“We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love … and then we return home.”
Australian Aboriginal Proverb
Wayne is survived by his wife, Sheron Stanford; two daughters, Kelly Lea Stanford Silva and husband Allen of Forney, and Rhea Lene Stanford Cadenhead and husband Andrew of Garland; and grandchildren, Kristin Silva, Kristin ‘KT’ Thomasson, Olivia Watson, Brett Cadenhead and Allison ‘Allie’ Cadenhead. He is also survived by his brother Charles Edward Stanford and wife Madeline of Ben Wheeler, along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and grandson Tyler Anthony Silva.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.