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Obituary of Wayne Tuthill
Wayne Tuthill “Swampy” passed away April 16, 2014 after a courageous battle with a very aggressive brain cancer. Wayne passed peacefully at home with his loving wife, Teresa, by his side.
Wayne was born in Tacoma, Washington on April 17, 1943 to Clarence and Anna Tuthill. He made his home for much of his life in Bonney Lake, Washington. He spent four years in the Army and 12 years as a Police Sergeant for the Bonney Lake Police Department. After leaving the police force Wayne took on various jobs but found his passion to be in the logging industry. Wayne drove log truck as an owner operator for 37 years up until he retired in 2007. Soon after marrying Teresa, they decided Morton, Washington, would be where they would spend their lives together and call home.
Throughout Wayne’s life, he did many memorable and remarkable things. With Teresa by his side, they built, from the ground up, a beautiful 1956 F100 Ford pickup truck. Firing up the engine for the first time was a very proud and defining moment for them both. They spent much of their free time cruising around town in the hot rod during the nice summer months.
Wayne was a big fan of fishing, hot rods and wood working. There was nothing he wouldn’t try. He was always doing something outside in the shop or around their place or his “farm.” Whether he was building cars or corn machines, the man had a knack for creating something amazing no matter what it was. One of his greatest qualities was his sense of humor. He had a smile and laugh that were unmistakable. If he wasn’t making fun of you, or calling you a name of some sort, chances are he probably didn’t like you much. He loved to poke fun and have a good laugh with those he loved and cared about and always loved a good Margarita. Everyone that he touched was a lifelong friend. He never met a stranger. The outpouring of support for him is testament to his ethics, values and personality. Wayne was not only loved and respected by his family, he was deeply loved by his friends, neighbors and comrades. He was a great dad, husband and friend. He will be missed by many but never forgotten.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father, Clarence; mother, Anna; and brother, George. He is survived by his wife, Teresa Tuthill; his stepchildren, Nichole and Preston Stone; his son, Richard Tuthill (Nicole and Ryan Newton); his brother, Lester and sister-in-law, Jennifer Tuthill; sister, Maxine, and brother-in-law, Brian MacKichan; brother, Leonard “ Tuffy“and sister-in-law, Gloria Tuthill; brother, Thomas Tuthill; his in-laws, Paul and Debbie Humphreys; as well as nieces and nephews and countless friends that were just like family.
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