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Wayne Boaz

September 9, 1968 — March 18, 2020

Creal Springs- Wayne Boaz, age 51, of Creal Springs, passed away at 7:46pm on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at his home.

Wayne was born in Marion on September 9, 1968, the son of Jennifer (Reese) and Milton Jeffery Boaz. Raised by his mother and step-father- Roy L. Rich, Wayne was baptized as a child and had attended the Full Gospel Tabernacle Church. He graduated from Marion High School in 1986 and had received his Eagle Scout badge.  He married Kimberly Ann Drake in Johnston City on May 11, 1991. She survives in Creal Springs.

He retired in October of 2019 after more than 23 years with the United States Penitentiary, finishing his career at USP Marion as a Safety Compliance Specialist. He was a member of the Lake Creek Masonic Lodge 729 of Johnston City where he had served as a Past Grand Master. Wayne also served as an EMT and fire fighter for the Lake Egypt Fire Protection District from 1987-2016, where he served as Captain.

Survivors include his loving wife Kimberly Ann Boaz of Creal Springs

Mother- Jennifer Sue Rich of Marion

Two sons- Brandon Reese Boaz of Fulton

     Kyle Wayne Boaz of Creal Springs

Father-in-law and Mother-in-law- Mark and Judith Drake of Benton

Brother-in-law and Sister-in-law- Kevin and Lynette Drake of Walsh

Two Step-Brothers- Russell and Linda Rich of Marion

     Randy and Pat Rich of Stonewall, Mississippi

Three step-sisters- Rhonda Rich of Marion

     Robin Rodgers of Marion

     Renee Ramsey of Marion

Aunt - Paula Rentfro of Marion

Nieces- Hayley and Courtney Drake of Walsh

Nephew- Luke Drake of Walsh

Three Cousins- Jerry and Melissa West of Johnston City

     Tammy and Dennis Morris of Ozark

     Melissa Malloy of Antelope, California

Beloved Dog- Ladybird “Birdie”

He was preceded in death by his father, step-father, maternal grandparents- Paul and Ruby Reese, paternal grandparents- Imogene Borum and Milton Boaz, two cousins- Patricia Rentfro Shadowens and Brian West, and aunt- Beverly Lynn West.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion with Pastor David Thompson officiating.  Burial will follow at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion. A time of visitation will be held from 10-1pm on Saturday, March 21, 2020 at Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home in Marion.

For those who prefer, memorial donations may be made to the St. Francis Animal Shelter and will be accepted at the funeral home.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Wayne Boaz, please visit our flower store.

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Saturday, March 21, 2020

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Mitchell-Hughes Funeral Home

800 North Market Street, Marion, IL 62959

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