Wayne Robert Gaerlan, Jr passed away peacefully on October 10, 2018 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
He was born December 20, 1961 in Blue Island, IL to the late Wayne Robert, Sr. and Diane Clair Gaerlan. In addition to his parents, Wayne was also preceded in death by his beloved daughter Sarah Lynn Gaerlan, as well as several aunts and uncles.
Wayne is survived by his wife of 17 years, Rebecca (Becky) Lynn Gaerlan, 10 children, their spouses and 7 grandchildren that comprise their blended family: Joshua (Josh) Gaerlan; Naomi Gaerlan and her children Matthew, Michael and Marshall; Priscilla and her husband Scott Comfort and children Isabella and Isaac; Jeremiah (Jerry) Gaerlan; Sophia and her husband Skyler Gorzney and their children Titus and Jonah; Susanna and her husband Cameron Dalsing; Jeremy McIntyre; Joel Gaerlan and his fiancé Audrey Byerly; Katheryn (Katie) McIntyre and Cassandra (Cassie) McIntyre. Additionally, Wayne is survived by three siblings: Susan Gaerlan; Anthony (Tony) and his wife Adrian Gaerlan and their sons Colin and Logan; and Bradley (Brad) and his wife Rosalind Gaerlan. He is also survived by a large extended family of aunts, uncles, and cousins in the Midwest.
After graduating Lyons Township High School in 1980, Wayne left LaGrange Park, IL to join the Army and was stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs. He served in the Army from August 20, 1980, completed his active duty tour on August 19, 1982, and finished with the Army Reserves on August 19, 1986. He fell in love with Colorado Springs. On June 18, 2001, he married Becky McIntyre, having met her on a Christian social network.
Wayne was a member of Rocky Mountain Calvary Chapel for 22 years where he was a volunteer in several ministries of the church. Wayne worked for ACSI for 15 years and finished his career as an Educational Resource Consultant. His coworkers thought of him as putting the kind in “One of a kind” and being the “voice of reason.”
Wayne was very family focused and loved his family more than anything. Wayne was a self-taught do-it-yourselfer having even taught himself how to do all home electrical wiring and passing the electrical inspections on the first attempt in the home he and Becky were building in the mountains. Wayne was a Boy Scouts of America Assistant Scoutmaster and then Scoutmaster. He was especially proud of helping Jeremy and Joel both attain their Eagle Scout rank.
Wayne’s hobbies included Reading, Gardening, Camping (especially in National Parks), Backpacking, Cooking, Studying the Bible, and Photography where he was never hidden behind the camera but was always capturing the moment. Wayne was an avid Chicago Cubs, Chicago Blackhawks, and Chicago Bears fan. Wayne was well known for his pranks and jokes where he enjoyed making others laugh. He was always willing to help others and was often known for doing acts of kindness.
You’re home now, God has taken you back. You will be missed, but not forgotten.
A special thank you to friends, and friends of the family for your support during this difficult time.
It was Wayne’s desire that In lieu of flowers, donations be made to an Association of Christian Schools (ACSI) Christian scholarship fund that has posthumously been renamed in honor of Wayne:
- To donate online, go to the ACSI “donate” website at https://www.acsi.org/donate. From the “Designation” dropdown, select “Other.” In the second box that pops up when “Other” is selected, type “Wayne R. Gaerlan Christian School Scholarship Fund.” Follow the rest of the prompts for donation.
- Checks or cash can be donated by mailing to Association of Christian Schools International, Attn: Cheryl Wood, 731 Chapel Hills Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80920, with checks being payable to “ACSI” and a memo of “Wayne R. Gaerlan Christian School Scholarship Fund.”