Visitation will be from 10 AM until the funeral services at 11 AM on Wednesday, February 14, 2018 at the Emmanuel Reformed Church in Springfield. Burial is in the Bon Homme Cemetery, rural Springfield, with Military Honors.Crosby-Jaeger Funeral home in Springfield is in charge of arrangements.
Wayne Barham was born August 21, 1924, in Champaign, Illinois. His parents were Delbert and Hattie Barham. He died Thursday, February 8, 2018 at the VA Medical Center in Sioux Falls.
He graduated from Champaign High School and enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served his country as a B.A.R. rifleman in K company of the 3rd Marine Division during World War II. K company fought the Japanese Imperial forces in the Pacific Ocean theater of World War II. The 3rd Division fought in famous battles on the islands of Bougainville, Guam, and Iwo Jima.
Wayne was awarded three purple hearts for being wounded in combat. He lost his sight in his right eye from a Japanese hand grenade on the island of Guam. The majority of the Marines that served in K company did not survive the war.
After World War II, Wayne married Dorothy Diener, also from Champaign, Illinois. Their marriage would span almost sixty years, until Dorothy passed away in 2006.
Wayne received his bachelor's degree from Southern State Teachers College in Springfield, South Dakota. He played on the only undefeated football team in the school's history.
His teaching career started at Aberdeen, SD. He would go on to teach and coach at high schools in Springfield, SD; Oblong and Robinson, Illinois; then Rhinelander, Wisconsin.
After obtaining his master's degree from South Dakota State University, Wayne taught at Buena Vista College in Storm Lake, Iowa. He was the head football coach for the BV Beavers. Wayne then taught at Fergus Falls Junior College in Fergus Falls, Minnesota. He was the head basketball coach there.
Wayne was a guidance counselor at Mitchell High School in Mitchell, SD, in the mid-sixties. In 1967, Wayne took a teaching position at Southern State College back in Springfield, SD, where he worked until the college closed in 1984. He found his calling in life as a professor of psychology.
His final teaching post would be at Mt. Marty College in Yankton, SD.
Aside from being an educator and coach, Wayne was a gifted speaker at many public and private functions.
His personal life was rich with many friends from varied backgrounds. He treasured his cabin on Oreida Lake in Wisconsin, where he and Dorothy enjoyed the North woods.
Wayne loved hunting with his dogs, fishing on lakes and rivers, and gardening. He was a concert violinist in his youth and truly enjoyed music.
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Phyllis, and his wife Dorothy.
He is survived by a son, Clay, a daughter, Diana, and a granddaughter, Ariana.
And as long as there is a United States Marine Corps, Wayne will be survived by countless brothers. Semper Fi.