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Retired U.S. Navy Chief Warrant Officer 4 Wayne J. Van Wyck, 71, passed away after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer in his Virginia Beach home Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017, surrounded by his loving family.
Wayne was the loving husband of 36 years to Agnes; devoted father to David and his wife, Alicia, and to Jennifer, and her husband, Milton Hunter; faithful brother to his twin sister, Dolores Buckley, and her husband, Ed, and half-brother, William Fury, and his wife, Darlene.
Wayne was born on Sept. 10, 1945, to Andrew and Martha Van Wyck in Far Rockaway, N.Y. He grew up in Hewlett, N.Y., and attended Lawrence Senior High School, but left prior to graduation to join the U.S. Navy, where he earned his GED. He proudly and honorably served in the Navy for 29.5 years as a boiler technician and later, after becoming a chief warrant officer, as ship’s maintenance officer. After retiring from the U.S. Navy in October of 1992, he worked as an engineering technician for American Systems Engineering Corporation in Virginia Beach.
Wayne met Agnes Margaret Himmelman of Garden City, N.Y., in 1978 and married her in Las Vegas on March 16, 1980. The two had their first child, David, in January of 1982 followed by Jennifer in August of 1983.
Wayne enjoyed spending time and sharing colorful and humorous stories with family and friends. He was often the center of attention at parties, where he loved to sing, dance and tell jokes with others. He was an avid collector of coins his entire life and loved the challenge of working on cars. He loved traveling, whether it was with the U.S. Navy or jumping in his car and driving across the country on the open road. Wayne was also fond of many different types of animals, and he dedicated significant time volunteering at a local wildlife refuge, something he remained committed to as long as his health would allow.
Wayne will forever be remembered for his loving and selfless dedication to his family, friends and work. He believed nothing was impossible and never gave up on anything or anyone. He was a brilliant and respected leader and teacher, and he positively shaped the lives and careers of many around him. He had an inimitable sense of humor and never met another person he could not make laugh. Most of all, he loved his wife and children with all his heart and regularly made great personal sacrifices to see them happy and successful. “Those we love don’t go away. They walk beside us everyday.”
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at Albert G. Horton Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery.
Condolences may be offered to the family at www.altmeyerfuneralandcremation.com.