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Wayne E. Bousek passed away unexpectedly, yet peacefully, on Friday, March 29, 2019, at his home in Greenville, Wisconsin. Wayne was born on February 17, 1935 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the second child of Joseph and Rose Bousek. He was a graduate of Franklin High School in Cedar Rapids and the University of Iowa where he earned his degree in mechanical engineering. He was employed for over thirty years by Raytheon, formerly CedarRapids Inc. He married the love of his life, Janie Sundin, in Appleton, Wisconsin and they shared forty-six wonderful years together.
Wayne and his brother, Joe, grew up with a Wire Fox Terrier as a pet. This developed into a lifelong passion for breeding and exhibiting the Wire Fox Terrier breed under the Bowyre prefix where he enjoyed success in showing many Wire Fox Terriers to their championship including Best in Show winners. He served on the Board of a number of the dog clubs, was a past president of the Wire Fox Terrier Association of England and a fifty-year member of The American Fox Terrier Club and The Wire Fox Terrier Club of Central States. He made many lifelong friends through his involvement in showing dogs.
Quiet and unassuming, Wayne continued his interest in the sport of pure bred dogs by becoming an AKC judge. His wife also became a judge and together they enjoyed assignments that took them throughout the United States as well as Australia, Canada, China, England, Ireland, and South Korea. They thoroughly enjoyed and shared the love of travel and meeting people with similar interests.
Wayne and Janie retired “up north” on Legend Lake in Wisconsin where they enjoyed the beauty of the lake, Wayne enjoyed fishing….taking a picture of his catch and then releasing it to be caught another day. He learned boating but never really mastered docking. It took some time but Wayne became both a Packer and Brewers fan. He said, “If you live in Wisconsin, it is mandatory.”
Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law Joe and Linda Bousek and his mother-in-law, Sylvia Sundin.
A devoted husband, loyal brother, compassionate uncle, and good friend, he will be remembered by his wife, Janie, sister-in-law, Sharon (Robert) Piette, brother-in-law, Steve (Audrey Lewis) Sundin, nieces Jolie (Kevin) Abitz, Brenda (Josh) Heth, Stephanie (Brad) Warning, their families and the many people in the dog world that he enjoyed for many years.
A memorial gathering celebrating Wayne’s life will be held at 1:00pm on April 23 at the Good Co. Restaurant, 110 Richmond St., Appleton, WI. Interment will take place at a later date. Valley Funeral Home is assisting the family.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice in Wayne's memory.