Wayne E. Cearing


On Aug. 19, 2015, our father, Wayne E. Cearing (“Poppy”), was taken from this earth and reunited with his loving wife.

He was born Nov. 12, 1928, to Mildred and Clemont Cearing in Reynolds.

He attended school in Reynolds and then enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. His service was during the Korean War, where he was stationed in Greenland, Kansas, South Carolina, Iowa and Montana.

After his service, he relocated his family to Franklin.

He married Helen Mary Maciejack on Dec. 8, 1951. Their marriage continued until her death in July 1981.

He was preceded in death by several brothers and sisters and leaves behind his brother, Bobby Cearing of Reynolds, and his loving sister, Phyllis Parks of LaPorte.

He is survived by his three children, Richard Lee Cearing and Steven Walter Cearing, both of Franklin, and Ella Louise McDaniel (David) of Pensacola, Florida; six grandchildren, Brittany Parton (David), Joshua Cearing and Hannah Cearing, all of Franklin, Sarah Steuber (Bill) of Indianapolis, Jennifer Powell (Cody) of Pensacola, Florida, and Jessica McDaniel of Gulf Breeze, Florida; and nine great-grandchildren.

After his retirement from the Indiana State Highway Department, he moved to Pensacola, Florida, where he lived until his passing.

Our father loved NASCAR racing and was able to attend several races with his sons.

He adored all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and would beam with delight when he was able to spend time with them.

All who knew him would say his smile would light up a room and his kindness never failed to impress them. Even while in the hospital he would joke with his nurses and make them blush.

He will be missed by all who knew him, and he will live forever in our hearts.

The Rev. Walter Howard will conduct a celebration of Wayne’s life at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenlawn Cemetery in Franklin, where military honors will be presented by the Franklin American Legion Post No. 205 and the U.S. Air Force.

Flinn & Maguire Funeral Home in Franklin is handling arrangements.

Online condolences may be made at www.flinnmaguire.net.