Wayne F. Foran, 91, of Bement, IL., passed away at 6:15 A.M. on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at the Presence Covenant Medical Center, Urbana, IL.
Visitation will be held on Sunday, November 13, 2016, from 3:00 P.M. to 6:00 P.M., at the Hinds Funeral Home, 348 N. Piatt St., Bement, IL. Funeral mass will be celebrated at 10:00 A.M., on Monday, November 14, 2016, at the St. Michael's Catholic Church, Bement. The Rev. Father Bruce Lopez will officiate. Burial with military honors given by the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620, Bement, will be in the Bement Township Cemetery, Bement. Memorial contributions can be made to the St. Michael's Catholic Church, Bement for masses, Bement Alumni Association and the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620.
Wayne was born on October 14, 1925, in Bement, a son of Edward and Catherine Tucker Foran. He married Claudette Saunders on August 19, 1954, in Shelbina, MO., and she survives of Bement. Surviving children include; Charlie Foran of Bement, IL., Annette (Gary) Durbin of Monticello, IL., Julie (David) LaPlant of Libertyville, IL., Dana Foran of Bement, IL., and Wendy (David) Farmer of Monticello, IL. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren; his sister; Marie Beck. He was preceded in death by his parents, and brothers; Edward, Cletus, Leo, Robert and Wilmer “Babe” Foran.
Wayne, a lifelong resident of Piatt County, was dedicated to his family, community, state, and country. He graduated from Bement High School in 1943 and was awarded the 2016 BHS Alum of the Year Award. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946, including the Normandy Invasion. He and a shipmate attended the 50th D-Day Anniversary in Normandy; he received the Quilt of Valor; has his story published in the Library of Congress, and was selected for the Honor Flight to Washington, D.C. Wayne was an avid learner who graduated from Eastern Illinois University in 1985 (B.A.) and 1987 (M.S.).
Wayne was a farmer before a career in real estate (1966-2016), including Piatt County Supervisor of Assessments for 16 years. He received the U.S. Department of Housing and Urbana Development Award. He was a lifelong member of the St. Michael's Catholic Church and the Albert Parker American Legion Post #620 for 70 years. He organized LST 372 Navy reunions since 1981. Wayne was a loyal Cubs fan and lived to see them win the World Series. But with all of these accomplishments, he felt the greatest pride in the legacy of the family he leaves behind.
Aaron and Susie Hinds, of Hinds Funeral Home, Bement, IL., have the honor to serve the family of Wayne F. Foran. “Our Family Is Here To Serve Your Family”