Wayne Marley, 102, a resident of Bedford, Iowa, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, in Bedford.
Wayne Marley was born Sept. 27, 1910, at the Joe Keith farm southwest of Bedford, Iowa. He was the youngest son of Robert C. Marley and Edna (Jared) Marley.
On Feb. 27, 1932, he was united in marriage to Evelyn King. They were blessed with three children: Janet, James, and Nancy. The family lived on the farm southwest of Bedford where they all worked in a large garden, milked cows, raised hogs, and chickens, and row cropped. Wayne spent a lot of time helping Evelyn plant and take care of her many flowers.
Wayne lived his entire life within five miles of Bedford. He attended school at Frog Valley Country School, south of Bedford; he went through the eighth grade. He did not attend high school because he wanted to start farming. Wayne loved farming and was very disappointed when he had to quit because of health reasons.
Wayne loved to travel and take pictures. He traveled to the East Coast, West Coast, Texas, and many times to South Missouri and the Ozarks. He saw a lot of changes in travel in his life, from a two day trip to Clarinda in a horse and wagon as a kid, to a plane ride to Texas in a matter of minutes later in his life.
Survivors include his son, James Marley and wife Joyce of Bedford, Iowa; daughter, Nancy Mouat and husband Malcolm of Gavois Mills, Mo.; son-in-law, Duane Book of Savannah, Mo.; six grandchildren: Jo Ellen Sommer (John), Doyle Book (Micki), Dan Marley (Janet), Phil Marley (Theresa), Wendy Needy (Doug), Heidi Mendez (Ricky); two step grandchildren: Matthew Hook (Amanda), Chad Davis (Melissa); 23 great-grandchildren; 10 great-great grandchildren; and numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and relatives.
Preceding Wayne in death were his parents; his wife, Evelyn, of nearly 60 years; his daughter, Janet Book; his brother, Carl; and numerous brother-in-laws, sister-in-laws, aunts, and uncles.
Celebration of Life Services for Wayne will be held Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 11 a.m., at the Ritchie Funeral Home, in Bedford. Visitation will be held the day of the service, Saturday, March 2, 2013, from 9 a.m., until service time. The family will greet friends from 10 a.m., until service time.
Interment will be held at the Fairview Cemetery in Bedford.
Memories can be shared with the family at www.ritchiefuneralhome.com, under "Obituaries."
In lieu of flowers the family request memorials to the Bedford Meal Site.
Arrangements were entrusted to the Ritchie Funeral Home of Bedford.