LEAF RIVER – Wayne L. Kretsinger, age 76, of Leaf River passed away on Tuesday March 20, 2018 at Oregon Living and Rehab Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Leaf River on Jan. 6, 1942 the son of Kenneth and Jessie (Nichols) Kretsinger.
He married Dianna Miller on Dec. 7, 1963. Wayne worked for Rockford Products for nearly 50 years. He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Leaf River and was also a Leaf River Village Board Trustee. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, and camping with his wife. He liked to work on cars and had a fondness for old cars. He was a family man whose biggest joy was spending time with his children and grandchildren. He had a smile that would light up the room.
He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Dianna of Leaf River; children, Marina (Doug) Spitzer of Stillman Valley, Michelle (James) Coons of Stillman Valley, and Daniel (Florence) Kretsinger of Rockford; siblings, Robert Kretsinger, Richard (Connie) Kretsinger, Gerald (Jeanie) Kretsinger, and Kay McGill; and grandchildren, Jessica Spitzer, Andrew (Erin) Spitzer, Abigail Coons, and Joshua Coons.
He is preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Kenneth Kretsinger, Jessie Kretsinger, Millard Kretsinger, Merritt Kretsinger, Kathleen Zellers, and Donald Kretsinger.
Funeral service will be Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Farrell-Holland-Gale Funeral Home, 506 W. Merchant St, Byron, with the Willie Little Hospice Chaplain officiating. Visitation will be prior to the service from 10-11 a.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in the Silver Creek Cemetery in Mount Morris. Memorials are for Serenity Hospice and Home.