Wayne Hale Sharpless passed away Friday, October 9, 2020.
A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m., Wednesday, October 14, at Waco Memorial Park. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 13, at Pecan Grove Funeral Home.
Wayne was born in New Garden Chester, Pennsylvania, March 16, 1935 to Norman and Ruth Sharpless.
Wayne joined the US Navy at the young age of 16.
Wayne was Retired Chief US Navy.
Wayne served on the following ships while in the Navy
USS Albany CA123--- 1952 –1956
USS Lake Champlain CVS39 ---1958-1962
USS EA Green DD711 ----1962-1964
USS Purdy DD734--- 1964-1965
USS Camp DER 251--- 1965- 1967
USS Power DD839 --- 1967-1971
He received the Purple Heart Medal, The Bronze Star Vietnam Service medal, The Efficiency Honor Fidelity Medal, Vietnam Service Medal
He served during the Korean War.
He served three tours in Vietnam including the
Brown Water Navy in Vietnam patrolling the Dasac River, Vinh Te Canal and supplied advance tactical support bases at Vinh Te and Vinh GHA
He will be greatly missed by his friends and family and all who knew him.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Jeff Sharpless and Kenneth Sharpless, son Roger Wade Sharpless, daughter Edna Ruth Midkiff and his beloved
fur baby Scooter Sharpless.
He is survived by his wife Patricia Sharpless and his beloved fur baby Taz Sharpless. Sisters Nancy Sharpless, Norma and husband Hobe Wallace, daughters Sherry Vanwinkle and husband Eddie, Rhonda Miller and husband Wayne, Patti Molina and husband Mike, Kristy Helton and husband Brent.
Grandchildren Regina, Van, Kirby, Daniel, Ike, Harvey, Misty, Joe,Tay, Kourtney, Kaitlyn and Bradyn