Wayne Lee Wilson, Vietnam Veteran Passed With No Family
Niles, Michigan: Vietnam veteran Wayne Lee Wilson, 67, passed away on May 28. He was wounded in the Vietnam War, according to the Brown Funeral Home. The Brown Funeral Home was unable to locate any surviving family members and would like any service members to attend the graveside service at Silverbrook Cemetery on July 17, at 2 p.m. Full military honors will be done by the Army and American Legion Post 51.
Local station WMMQ wrote: “A funeral home worker who was familiar with Wayne related that “every year, Wayne would be the first person at Silverbrook Cemetery for the annual Memorial Day Parade.”
His obituary reads in part:
He was born on Tuesday, December 11, 1951, in Michigan City, the son of the late Marion and the late Beatrice (Troffer) Wilson. He was a truck driver for many years. Wayne proudly served in the Army from 1971 to 1977, during the Vietnam War. He was passionate about helping his fellow wounded veterans and encouraged others to give to the Paralyzed Veterans Association.Brown Funeral Home
It is a truly sad testament to our veterans that many of them have passed on with no known relatives. But is is heartwarming to find that often others will step up to attend their final send off to bring honor to their service. Sometimes it has been students, sometimes service members from all branches.
Last year, students in Kettering, Ohio lined the streets with American flags in honor of a local veteran who had no family. At other times, hundreds of veterans and even active duty service members have come to services such as this one. Rest in Peace, Wayne Lee Wilson.
If you can get to Silverbrook Cemetery in Niles, Michigan on Wednesday, please do so. If you need a ride, you can call Brown Funeral home to see if they can find one for you: 269-683-1155.