Wayne Edward Sprenkle, known as Sidetrack by many, age 57, of Jasper, Missouri, died on July 2, 2022, while traveling on his motorcycle in Barton County.
Wayne Sprenkle was born November 11, 1964, in Mountain Home, Idaho, the son of Air Force Master Sergeant Richard and Bernice Sprenkle. Growing up in a military family, Wayne lived in multiple communities before graduating from Bronte High School in Bronte, Texas, in 1982.
In 1984 Wayne married the love of his life, Toni Jean Carter Sprenkle. Together they made their home in Jasper, Missouri, where they raised three children and later became loving grandparents to five grandchildren. Wayne was a longtime employee of Pomp’s Tire Service (formerly Cross Midwest) in Pittsburg, Kansas.
Wayne’s death will be a tremendous loss in his community where countless people knew him as a friend, mentor, and tireless volunteer for many charitable causes. Along with loving his family and riding his motorcycle, Wayne’s passion was serving his community in any capacity where he was needed.
Among the many causes and organizations, Wayne worked to support Wreath Rides for Wreaths Across America, the Rick Worden Toy Run delivering toys for foster children, the Lafayette Toy Run to benefit a women’s shelter, the Sasquatch Rally benefitting a local church camp, delivering food baskets to those in need at Thanksgiving and Christmas, suicide awareness walks, and multiple poker runs for charity. .
Known as Sidetrack in the Defenders of Liberty Motorcycle Club and the local motorcycle community, Wayne always liked to let people know, that he was never lost, just taking the scenic route, and everything is on the way. Although Wayne was known as the man family and friends could count on when they needed help, he was also eager to assist a stranger in need if thought he could help.
Wayne was a talented self-taught photographer and accomplished storyteller. He combined these talents to share his thoughts and experiences on his blog, “The World According to Sidetrack.” As an ordained minister, Wayne officiated numerous wedding ceremonies. Always proud to have grown up in a military family, Wayne supported many veterans-related causes and proudly accompanied his father on his Honor Flight of the Ozarks visit to Washington DC in 2019, along with being a long time member of the Masonic Lodge.
While he may not have lived in a mansion or driven a fancy car, in terms of family and friends who cared about him, Wayne was rich. Whether it was organizing a family barbecue, setting up the pool so everyone could enjoy a relaxing summer day, or taking one of the grandkids for a motorcycle ride, Wayne was always happiest when he made others happy. He will be remembered for the many lives he touched and impacted in so many positive ways.
Wayne was preceded in death by his father Richard Edward Sprenkle.
He is survived by Toni, his loving wife for 38 years, his mother Bernice of Jericho Springs, his daughter Jen Sprenkle-Simpson (Scott) of Jasper, sons Zac (Jessica) Springfield and Daniel (Mariah) of Joplin, his sister Lenda Sprenkle Curry of Pineville, and grandchildren Alec Simpson, Haylee Simpson, Trevin Simpson, Emma Grace Sprenkle, and Dakota Sprenkle.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Wreaths Across America, Honor Flight of the Ozarks, or any charity supporting suicide awareness and prevention in care of Daniel Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, July 8, 2022 and Masonic Rights will be at 5:30 p.m. at Daniel Funeral Home. Condolences may be shared at www.dfhlamar.com
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