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Wayne Eames


Raymond Wayne Eames, age 92, of The Dalles graduated from this life and joined his Savior on Dec. 10 at 12:40 p.m. He passed away in his apartment in the company of his faithful eldest daughter, her husband, and a caregiver.

Wayne was born to Fredrick and Bessie Eames on Dec. 1, 1924. He was the sixth of eight children. He lived on a “stump ranch” near Duluth, MN and was the first child in the family to be born in a hospital. During the Depression, the family lost the farm and moved to several other farms, and then to several houses in Duluth. When Wayne was in the fourth grade, his dad left the family. As a young teen, Wayne responded to a revival message of a Sioux Nation Chief and accepted Jesus as his Savior. Wayne dropped out of high school to work as a plumber’s assistant until he joined the War (WWII) at the age of 17 and became a Merchant Marines enlisted sailor. By the time the war was over, he had become an officer and left the services as Ensign/3rd Mate.

While home on leave during the war, Wayne met Doris Rowe, a young lady that caught his fancy. Their relationship grew through letters and occasional trips back home on leave. As they wrote letters during the war they both made separate commitments to become missionaries. They each figured this calling would be the end of their relationship and at about the same time each wrote to tell the other of their future plans. Upon leaving the service, Wayne joined Doris at St Paul Bible Institute where they both prepared for service as overseas missionaries. They were wed on July 2, 1946 in Duluth, MN. Their first two children, Michael and Rebecca, were born while living in St. Paul, MN.

After graduation, Doris and Wayne pastored in a logging town near La Grande, OR. Patricia (Trish) joined the family in this now ghost town. After three years of ministry in Oregon, their plans to become missionaries to the Philippines were realized. During 15 years of service in the Philippines, Wayne served as pastor, trainer of local pastors, and business manager at the mission hospital. Colleen, Dan, and Dennis joined the family in the Philippines. Wayne and the family left the Philippines in 1970 due to safety concerns from anti-American rebels operating in the area, and Doris’s health.

In 1971 Wayne headed to Alaska with Doris and their four youngest kids. Doris often said it was “out of the frying pan and into the freezer.” Wayne and Doris pastored in Kenny Lake, supervised mission pastors across Alaska and northwestern Canada, co-pastored an urban Native Alaskan church, and pastored a church in Yukon Territory, Canada until they retired in 1992. After retirement Wayne and Doris served as short-term missionaries around the globe. They remained in Alaska until 2009 when they moved to Goldendale to live next door to their oldest daughter, Rebecca.

During his time in Washington, Wayne enjoyed country life—starting an orchard, raising honeybees and chickens, and running a portable saw mill with support from his son-in-law, Mark. In October 2012, Doris, the love of his life, joined her Savior in heaven. Wayne spent the next three years visiting family, serving as an elder in his church, and becoming politically involved in his community. In January 2016, Wayne moved for the final time to Flagstone Senior Living Community where he was named Pastor-in-Residence shortly after his move. He enjoyed the many planned activities, new friends, making pastoral visits to other residents, and helping to coordinate Sunday afternoon church services.

Wayne is survived by his children and their spouses: Michael Dale and Kathleen Joy Eames of Carlton MN; Rebecca Lynn Eames and Mark Kevin Harris of Goldendale, WA; Patricia Ann and Victor Jerome Lacey of Chico, CA; Colleen Joy Peters of Gold Bar, WA; Daniel Bruce and Germaine Yvonne Eames of Anchorage, AK; and Dennis Ray and Kimberly Kingston Eames of Anchorage, AK.

He is also survived by many beloved grandchildren: Kane Anderson, Karen Silcott, Jessica Fulcher, Julie Peterson, Eric Beers, Sarah Beers-Eames, Nick Eames, Scott Lacey, Robin Lacey, Svetlana Eames, Conner Harris, Michelle Eames, Isaac Eames, Kyle Eames, Rachelle Eames and Leilani Eames.

In addition, Wayne is survived by 17 great-grandchildren and his two younger sisters: Dorothy Peters of Carlton, MN and Phyllis Mullen of Duluth, MN.

Wayne was proceeded in death by his parents; wife Doris Eames; granddaughter Gayla Lynn Anderson; brothers Kenneth Eames and Donald Eames; sisters Ione Pierce, Beatrice Skarbakka, and Kathleen Charneski.

A memorial service was held in The Dalles on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016.

A memorial service and internment will be held in Kenny Lake, AK on June 18, 2016.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to SEND International, PO Box 513, Farmington, MI 48332.


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