Wayne, K9SLQ EN70 checked in many times to our 205 morning activity group. He would often check in with his good friend Wayne, N9EGT. He had a booming signal from Bluffton, IN some 380 miles from me. On those busy mornings Wayne would check in with his CW signal. My last QSO was 2-24-2020 on FT8. I will miss Wayne.. Stan KA1ZE
BTW, Wayne and Wayne also enjoyed a sampling of a little taste of ice cream…..Stan, Wayne had just been in the hospital for intestinal blockage and then pneumonia. He had just come home the day before and we had talked on the phone that morning. His wife Susan says he just collapsed and then was taken to the hospital. He might’ve died on the way to the hospital. In the last year or two he struggled with various kinds of weakness.
Wayne, K9SLQ, was a superior Ham operator since his teenage days. He excelled in many operating modes including Teletype and EME. I knew him as a HF and VHF operator. We had many great times together on the 2 and 6 meter airways! He had a great station on 630 meters since the band opened. I was a best friend and deeply miss Wayne. He had strong faith in Christ and we shared testimony through ministry together. See his QRZ site.
Wayne N9EGT prepared a eulogy to be played at his funeral..
Wayne was born in Bluffton on May 31, 1943, to Luster B. and Rosa (Cargar) Grove, both parents Preceded him in death.
He was a 1961 graduate of Bluffton High School .Following graduation, Wayne married Susan J. (Meyer) on January 10, 1964 in Muncie, IN. She survives in Bluffton. Wayne attended the Berne Church of The Nazarene; he loved the Lord and became a Christian in 2010.
Wayne was a police officer with the Bluffton Police Department from Nov. 1965 to Nov. 1985, and served as Police Chief from 1980 to 1985. He was the founder and publisher of “The Advertiser”, owner – operator of Poor Grovies Concession’s, founder of Fast Tek for 8 yrs., served as Director of Wells County EMA for 8 yrs., and was currently serving as Assistant Director. Wayne enjoyed genealogy and researching his family history. He was a Professional Ham Radio Operator and helped many families connect and talk with their loved ones in the service overseas during the Vietnam War.
In addition to his wife, Wayne is survived by two daughters; Jodi (Brett) Garrett of Noblesville, IN. and Judy (Brent) Steury of Alexandria, VA, one son; Phillip (Nicole) Grove of Carmel, IN., seven grandchildren; Frannie (Klay) Fiechter, Maggie Garrett, Ian Steury, Hannah Mei Steury, Ava Grove, Maya Grove and Chase Grove; one Grt. grandchild, Emmett Fiechter. Wayne dearly loved his wife, children and grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Wayne was preceded in death by a infant brother Junior Grove.
Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM; services will be held at 2:00 PM at the funeral home with Pastor Matt Phillips officiating. Burial will follow in the Grove Cemetery, Poneto, IN.
Memorials may be made to the Berne Church of the Nazarene, Berne, IN