Edward Cason Wayne Jr. (left) with his daughter Leah Petrosius.

Edward Cason Wayne Jr. (left) with his daughter Leah Petrosius.

Edward Cason Wayne Jr.

Edward Cason Wayne Jr.

Feb. 25, 1940 – Jan. 10, 2021

Edward Cason Wayne Jr., 80, a.k.a. “Chip,” born Feb. 25, 1940, passed away on Jan. 10, 2021 at South Peninsula’s Long Term Care unit from his battles with congestive heart disease and chronic respiratory failure.

He was comforted in his daughter’s loving arms during the final days of his passing.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Cason Wayne; mother, Lillian Wayne; sister, Pamela Rose; and step-son, Jason.

Chip was born in Washington D.C. followed by his sister six years his junior. The Wayne family of the 1940s were proud owners of The Beachomber’s Restaurant in Alexandria, Virginia on the Potomac River’s side before its unfortunate closure due to a fire. The family then relocated to Texas City, Texas where Chip lived out his teen years pitching for high school baseball then enlisting in the U.S. Navy as a submariner in 1957-61, sailing two tours to the Mediterranean.

He was a man who sought adventure wherever he went. In the summer of 1986, he and his then wife took three months to bicycle the Pacific West Coast Highway from Seattle to Los Angeles. He loved the thrill of jet airplanes taking his daughter to many Blue Angel Shows. He enjoyed camping, reading, road trips and spending time with family. He took pride in his career as Superintendent and Safety Quality Control Inspector, taking him from Texas to Honduras, Georgia’s King’s Bay military base, San Diego, Indianapolis, Arizona, Seattle and a “winter over” at McMurdo Station in Antarctica.

After his hitch in Antarctica, he spent a couple of months in New Zealand where he bungie jumped at 60 years old before making it to Homer for his first grandchild’s birth. His last project before retirement was performing his role in building the hangers and flight simulator facility for the F-22 Raptor Fighter Jet at JBER Alaska, which is an honorable closure to his career as much as he enjoyed jet aircrafts. He spent his final years in Homer, Alaska with his daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren, where he enjoyed family meals and family pets.

He is survived by his only child, Leah Petrosius; son-in-law, Peter Petrosius; three grandchildren, Nina Ellington, Dodge Petrosius and Naomi Petrosius; and two nieces, Kim and Lisa of Brunswick, Georgia.

A memorial service will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 20, 2021 at 528 East Pioneer Ave.

You may contact Leah at 907-399-0230 for any contributions or donations.

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