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W. Wayne Shickles

W. Wayne Shickles W. Wayne Shickles

Walter Wayne Shickles, 82, of New Albany, Ind., passed away Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Walter was born in Corydon, Ind., on Sept. 13, 1939, and attended Corydon High School, where he excelled at basketball and baseball, all sports really.

Wayne joined the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and was stationed at Offut Air Force Base in Omaha, Neb. When asked about his responsibilities in the USAF, Wayne always said he was “in charge of the money.” Throughout his life, frugality was his strong point. Upon leaving the military in 1961, he married his sweetheart, Charlotte Shoemaker, and began raising a family and working to save money to build their own home.

Wayne was a hard-working young man and began his work life at Colgate-Palmolive, later transitioning into sales and management with the Sears Automotive Department and eventually into automotive sales. Wayne retired from John Jones Auto Group in 2000 after 17 years of dedicated service.

Wayne loved many things in his life: that home he built in his youth, gardening in his yard, his children, a good meal but, above all, he loved to use his “clicker” to flip between watching “Fox News” and any televised college basketball game. Although he faced much physical adversity in his later years, he predominantly lived independently, with little intervention, and never missed an NCAA March Madness game. He was a tough old bird.

Wayne was a Shriner and a Master Mason in the Masonic Lodge Clark 40 in Jeffersonville for over 50 years. He was very proud of his memberships in these fine organizations and made many friends there over the years.

Each of Wayne’s children devotedly cared for him in his final years. He is survived by his daughter, Pamela Shickles of New Albany; his son, Mark Shickles of Terre Haute, Ind.; and his daughter, Rhonda Shickles McIntosh, also of New Albany (formerly of Marengo, Ind). He is also survived by one sister, Elena Faith of Sanford, Fla., and many loving nephews and nieces.

Wayne was preceded in death by his father, William Shickles; mother, Rose Casey Smith; and four brothers and sisters, Marshall Shickles, Jacie McKim, Clara Mae Chambers and Kenneth Shickles. Wayne “missed those old birds” frequently and is rejoicing at the gates of heaven to see them again.

Visitation will be held at Kraft Funeral Service, 708 E. Spring St., New Albany, on Tuesday, May 3, 2022, from 4 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday, May 4, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The funeral will be held in the Kraft Funeral Service Chapel at 1 p.m. with burial to follow at New Middletown United Methodist Cemetery.

The family would like to thank the doctors and nurses at the Robley Rex V.A. Medical Center, particularly those nurses in the Oncology Department who took great care of him during his two bouts with lung cancer, and his caretaker, Kiristin Scott, who spent many mornings with him in his final months.

Wayne will be fondly remembered by family and friends as a loving father, contagious laugher, unique dresser, staunch Republican, impatient patient, proud patriot and U.S. Air Force veteran. Oh, how we will miss him.

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