Wayne Hougham, 1960 – 2018

A Celebration of the Life of Wayne Hougham, 57, of Jefferson was held Saturday, June 16, at First United Methodist Church in Jefferson.

Pastor Jim Barnett of Jefferson offered words of comfort. Soloist was Sheilah Pound, accompanied by Sheryl Sloan. Honorary bearers were Joe Doran, John Reineman, Sean Thompson, Tim Buenz, Tim Christensen, Mel Graven, Elaine McDowell, Brian Phillips, Karen Sandberg, Shawn DeMoss, Kevin Lentz and Harold Everman.Casket bearers were Robert Stofer, Jim Springer, Tim Gettler, Ron Vickers, Jeff Meinecke, Richard Conklin Jr and Dan Burkhardt.

Interment was at the Franklin Township Cemetery in Greene County.

The family was assisted by Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home in Jefferson.

Wayne Allen Hougham, son of George Hougham and Doris Stevens, was born November 18, 1960, in Perry, and passed away June 13, 2018 in Jefferson from a heart attack. He was raised in Greene County and attended East Greene schools. He made his home in Jefferson and worked at Frigidaire for 24 years while holding multiple side jobs.

After meeting his wife, Elizabeth (Meinecke) Hougham, he became co-owner (and “public relations”) of Uptown Café. He started working for Greene County Schools in 2009 and worked his way up to director of buildings, grounds & transportation, a position he was proud to have and loved dearly.

He was proud to share the accomplishments of his four children but was even more proud to be “Papa” to his granddaughter Ella. When he was not working, which was all the time, you could find him watching “The Young and the Restless” or belting to ‘60s and ‘70s music in his deep, bass voice. He loved to entertain, laugh, and give everybody a bit of his wisdom. He was someone that seemed to know everybody, knew something about everything, and would say it the way he saw it. He will leave a lasting impression on all the hearts he touched.

Wayne is survived by his wife Elizabeth (Meinecke) Hougham; son Andy Hougham of Boone; daughters Megan Hougham of Boone, Mary Rose Shelley of Cedar Falls, and Anna Rae Shelley of Minneapolis, MN; granddaughter Ella (daughter of Megan Hougham); brothers Tim Stevens of Fort Dodge and Ora (Nhan) Stevens of Jefferson; two sisters Bonnie Ikard of Perry and Willa Dwinell of Grand Junction; and other loved ones. He was preceded in death by his parents; brother George Hougham; and other loved ones.

He will be deeply missed by many.  We love you.

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