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February 19, 2009 3:30 am

Wayne Stubbs Lyman

Written by Tribune Staff

(April 25, 1929 - Feb. 8, 2009)

Wayne Stubbs Lyman died Feb. 8 in Bakersfield, Calif. Born to Clark and Maud (Stubbs) Lyman in Otto on April 25, 1929, he was the last remaining survivor, and the youngest, of 10 children.

Wayne's father died when he was 2, and his widowed mother raised her young family in the throes of the Great Depression. Wayne was accepted to Stanford University, but the economic conditions of the time prevented him from pursuing that opportunity.

For nine years Wayne corresponded with Marjory, a young Scottish lassie. When she immigrated to Canada, they met in Montreal. Seven days later, they were married in Galesburg, Ill. He worked in a variety of occupations, from truck driver, surveyor and office worker at Southern Pacific Railroad to insurance agent. Combined with his love of gardening, literature, music and cooking, Wayne had a diverse knowledge base that gave him a winning edge in word games and trivia contests.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Marjory; son, David; daughter and son-in-law, Donna and Scott Semar; grandchildren, Lauren and Morgan Semar; countless other relatives; and his loyal canine companion, Shadow. Services were held Feb. 12. Memorial contributions may be made to the John Wayne Cancer Institute, 2200 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.