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EDGAR "WOODY" WAYLAND His wings were ready, our hearts were not. Edgar Woodford Wayland, Jr., known by friends and family as "Woody" passed on July 9th, 2017 after a bountiful life at the young age of 90. Son of Edgar Woodford Wayland and Selena Belle Barnett. Survived by his loving wife, Yvonne Shaner Wayland (of New Kensington, PA) and four children: daughter, Kathy Rozanski (and son-in-law, Tom) of San Antonio, TX, and three sons, Scott Wayland (and daughter-in-law, Karen) of Rocky Mount, NC, Bruce Wayland of Las Vegas, NV, and John Wayland of Las Vegas, NV. Blessed with six grandchildren: Lauren Rozanski Heavin, Alex Rozanski, Peter Rozanski, Jessica Wayland Simmons, Matthew Wayland, and Emily Wayland (Spivey); and two beautiful great-grandchildren, Owen Simmons and Kaia Leigh Spivey. Woody was born August 23, 1926 in Covesville, VA. At the age of 16, he graduated from George Washington High School in Alexandria, VA and attended the College of William & Mary until enlisting in the U.S. Navy, serving two years as a commissioned officer. For his service during WWII, he received the American Theater Ribbon and Victory Medal. Woody obtained degrees in Business (BA from William & Mary), Engineering (BS from Wyoming) and Law (LLB from LaSalle). In 1957, Woody married his sweetheart, Yvonne (60 year anniversary recently celebrated in Las Vegas) as they embarked on the Wayland pilgrimage arriving in Spokane, WA. Woody worked for Kaiser Aluminum & Chemical Co. (Engineer) and then transitioned to Reynolds Metal Co. in Longview, WA and later being transferred to Chicago, IL and subsequently corporate offices in Richmond, VA. Woody was always looking for continuous challenges and growth opportunities in large manufacturing operations. After 13 years (1957-1970) with Reynolds, Woody took on a position in Corporate Engineering for Hooker Chemical Corporation (Buffalo, NY) and moved to Cherry Hill, NJ to take the position of Manager of Manufacturing Services. After 4 years with Hooker (1970-1974), he worked for Essex Chemical Corporation as Division Works Manager for one year (1974-1975), responsible for plants in NJ, MI, and CA, at which time FMC Corporation hired Woody. Family moved to Severna Park, MD, for his position in Baltimore, MD as Plant Manager overseeing agricultural chemicals (1976-1981). In the summer of 1981, moved to Charleston, WV, where Woody became the Plant Manager of the FMC plant in South Charleston (industrial chemicals including chlorine, bleach and hydrogen peroxide) at the same time falling in love with the state of WV. After WV (1981-1986), Woody was Plant Manager for FMC LITHCO (Lithium Corporation of America in Bessemer City, NC) while residing in Lake Wylie, SC (1986-1989). In 1989, Woody accepted the position of Plant Manager (1989-1991) for FMC Gold Company in Gabbs, NV (while residing in Hawthorne). With retirement pending, Woody looked to Las Vegas and was an active resident in Summerlin for 26 years. Woody was a cowboy at heart. He was a principal partner in a cow-calf ranching operation in Wyoming introducing and developing Simmental cattle from Europe into the United States, and was a charter member of the National Cattlemen's Association, and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association. Woody's determination and love of WV brought him out of retirement. Governor Gaston Caperton (WV) appointed Woody as Commissioner of the Department of Energy to focus on protecting the environment and the health and safety of miners, while overseeing the growth of the industry. He also held the position of Special Advisor to the Governor before returning to Las Vegas. Other positions Woody held included: Vice Chairman of the Charleston, WV Regional Chamber of Commerce (1986); Governor's appointee of the WV Labor-Management Council; Governor's appointee and Financial Chairman of the WV Job Training Council; Secretary and Board Member for WV Education Fund; Campaign Chairman for United Way of Charleston (1984); and the United Food Operation (UFO / WV - founding committee member). Woody was a member of several associations, including: Eagle Scout (BSA), National Chairman Materials Handling, American Society of Mechanical Engineers (Registered Professional Engineer and National Vice Chairman), Zelzah Shriners, Scottish Rite (32nd Degree) of Freemasonry, Lions Club International, Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity 1947 initiate (President at William and Mary), and the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce (Outstanding National Chairman). Woody and his wife, Yvonne, are charter members of the Mountain View Presbyterian Church, Las Vegas, NV. Woody and his wife traveled extensively in the Americas, Asia and Europe, and had a special connection to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Woody admired the Mexican culture and language, and made many friends within Mexico. At Woody's request, no service will be held. The family requests all Memorial donations be made to Mountain View Presbyterian Church, 8601 Del Webb Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89134. If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane, we would walk right up to heaven and bring him home. And so the story goes on until we see Woody again. We love him and miss you Dad. Forever in our memories. Online condolences may be sent to PalmCheyenne.com (If name not present on home page, click on "See More" and search Edgar Wayland)
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