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George Joy

January 20, 1939 — May 8, 2022


Wayne Joy, 83, of Eustis, Nebraska, peacefully went to be with his Heavenly Father on May 8, 2022 at his home in Eustis, NE.

Wayne was born January 20, 1939 in Dodge City, KS, son of George and Joy Bell (Newell) Joy.

Wayne graduated from high school in Fowler, KS. He went on to serve in the United States Army in the National Guard and Army Reserve from 1962 - 1967. He married Rosalie Barrett on
September 29, 1962 in North Platte, NE. To this union two children were born, one son, Brent, and one daughter, Yvette.

Wayne worked as a Heavy Equipment Operator and as a Mechanic. He earned a designation as a master heavy truck technician. Wayne was one of those people who wanted to tinker and fix things from the time he was a child. His first project was to tear apart his mother’s clock at the age of four! What culminated from that love of tinkering was a life of creation, of being able to fix anything and everything. He was a mechanical genius.

Wayne owned and operated a welding and repair shop in Eustis, Ne from 1974 to 1981. When a tornado went through the Eustis area, causing extensive damage to irrigation pipe, he invented a straightener to repair the pipe. Wayne was always coming up with new ideas to help farmers improve their production.

The project which best combined Wayne’s love of mechanics and love of family was completely rebuilding a 1957 Chevy with son Brent. The car they rebuilt together was the car that Wayne and Rosalie drove away from their wedding ceremony.

When Wayne worked as a backhoe operator, he was the go-to guy for the construction superintendents for whatever job they
were doing. When he finished digging a basement, the sides were perfectly smooth and to specifications, ready to pour concrete

Wayne was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He especially reveled in his great grandchildren as they came along in later years. Children of all ages loved Wayne’s bubbly spirit. They never felt like he was talking down to them. He was able to communicate with them on their level. Others who met and got to know Wayne loved him, and Wayne became an adopted dad to many. He was always available with an easy smile and a big, warm hug.

Above all else, Wayne loved and served Jesus. His heart’s desire was, and is, that his family and those who love him would come to know and serve Jesus, as well. His favorite psalm which was read every day was Psalm 91. He was a member of Faith Chapel Church in Gothenburg.

Survivors include wife Rosalie Joy of Eustis, NE; son Brent (Sharon Ann) Joy of Boca Raton, FL; daughter Yvette Joy of Gothenburg, NE; two brothers Verle (Marylyn) Joy of Winona, TX, and Norman (Leona) Joy of Hutchinson, KS; sister Phyllis (Carl) Bartley of Valley Falls, KS; six grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, George and Joy.

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Eustis Fire Department & Rescue, Faith Chapel, Fairview Cemetery, or the Eustis Senior Center.

To sign the online guest book, go to
Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel & Monuments
620 10th Street
Gothenburg, NE 69138
317 Center Ave
Curtis, NE 69025
(308) 367-4177

Private family services will take place at a later date.

Memorials may be given to the Eustis Fire Department & Rescue, Faith Chapel, Fairview Cemetery, or the Eustis Senior Center.

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