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Wayne C. Hoepner

July 25, 2022


Wayne C. Hoepner, age 85, of Naperville, formerly of Elmhurst, passed away July 25, 2022 in Naperville. Illinois.

Wayne was the devoted husband to Barbara Hoepner nee Becker, for 65 years; dear dad to Candy (Tom) Racine, Cherie (Scott) Palmer; a  beloved  grandpa to Jason (Melissa) Racine, Jodi Racine, Sara (John) Butera, Alec (Brittany) Palmer; loving great-grandpa to Harlie, Camden, Shane, Griffin, Ella, RylieAnn and Declan; dear brother of Lorraine (Dick) Baker, and dear friend to many. He was proceeded in death by his sisters; Bernice Jantzen,  Marion Hoepner, Irene Helsten.

Wayne was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, where he was a lifelong member. He served as a trustee and volunteer for many years.

Wayne graduated from Glenbard High School in 1954.  After graduation Wayne served his country by joining the National Guard.

 He spent most of his career in the auto industry and was a member of the Kiwanis Club in Elmhurst. Wayne was an active Elmhurst Volunteer Firefighter for 38 years

Wayne liked to spend his weekends at their cottage in Michigan. He was happiest when he was outdoors.

Wayne always said “everything was fantastic,” because he was always “fantastic” to all of his family and friends.  Mr. Fantastic will be sorely missed. 

In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Wayne’s memory to the Elmhurst Fire Department, 209 N. York Street, Elmhurst, IL 60126, where the donations will be used for their 9/11 Memorial.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 28, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main Street, Lombard.  Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 29, 2022 with Wayne to be Lying-in-state from 9:30 AM until time of service at 10:30 AM at Trinity Lutheran Church and School, 1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road, Lombard, IL.  Interment at Elm Lawn Cemetery immediately following the service.

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July 28, 2022

3:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Brust Funeral Home
135 S. Main St.
Lombard, IL 60148

Lying in State
July 29, 2022

9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church and School
1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Funeral Service
July 29, 2022

10:30 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church and School
1165 S. Westmore-Meyers Road
Lombard, IL 60148

Interment following funeral service
July 29, 2022

Elm Lawn Cemetery
401 E Lake St
Elmhurst, IL 60126


Elmhurst Fire Department
209 N. York St., Elmhurst IL 60126
Tel: 1-630-530-3090

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