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Wayne Ison

Murfreesboro - Mr. Wayne Ison, age 90, passed peacefully from this life at the V.A. Hospice in Murfreesboro on Saturday, August 9, 2014 at 1:05 AM, with his wife at this side. He was born in Centreville, Michigan, the son of the late Arthur Ison and Ida Thompson Ison.Wayne was preceded in death by his son, Steven in 2009. Surviving is his wife, Irene, daughter, Gina and Wayne’s son-in-law, Ron “Bubba” Tinsley. Also surviving are two step-sons; John Switalski and wife, Cathy of White Pidgeon, MI and Michael Switalski and wife, Lisa of Mishawaka, IN; four sisters-in-law, Valentina “Val” Sobecki, Marie Gerencher, Jane Slock and Joan Trzybinski all of South Bend, IN; also a brother-in-law, Gene Trzybinski and wife Carol of South Bend, IN; five grandchildren, Morgan, April, Jason, Stacie and Kyle; six great-grandchildren, Bryce, Brayden, Ashton, Chloe and Jocelyn; and lots of nieces and nephews.The family will receive friends on Saturday morning, August 23, 2014 from 8:30AM until 10:30 AM at Coffee County Funeral Chapel. They will then proceed to St. Mark Catholic Church for Memorial Services with Father Steven Klasek officiating.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to “The Potter’s Clay”, in care of St. Mark Catholic Church, 2941 McMinnville Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355. “The Potter’s Clay” is a ministry organized 10 years ago. The founders were five elderly ladies. The mission of “The Potter’s Clay” is to help the elderly, sick, homebound, abused, handicapped, neglected and others needy. All donations will be used for the needy.
Wayne’s fascination and love of airplanes began as a young child and grew through his lifetime. As a very young boy, he played with airplanes he put together with sticks. After high school graduation, he began working at the Ford Plant in MI and soon after, joined the Army Air Force in 1942. There he received hands on experience with aircraft working as a radio operator on C-47 wartime aircraft. He engaged in glider towing and paratroop drops in Europe throughout WWII. He flew as a crew member on the C-47 in the Invasion of Normandy on D-day. Following an honorable discharge at the end of the war, Wayne’s career led him to Bendix Aircraft in South Bend, IN, where he designed landing gear for military aircraft. His interests were not limited to airplanes. He also built and raced stock cars, go carts, midget race cars and designed propeller driven ice boats that converted to air boats in the summer. Wayne’s love of flying led him to design his first aircraft in the middle 1960’s. Wayne produced two variations and called the P.D.Q. I and P.D.Q. II, because it didn’t take him long to design and build. And it flew like a dream. In the late 1970’s, he sold his business to a company in Chicago and he and his family moved to Manchester, where the winter is shorter, summer’s longer and spring and fall milder for a longer period of time. (Sounds like more good flying weather.) He established his aircraft business and touched many people’s hearts. His designs of the mini-Max, hi-Max and Air Bike have been built and flown by pilots of 33 nations. Online condolences may be made at
Coffee County Funeral Chapel is honored to serve the family of Mr. Wayne Ison.


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Coffee County Funeral Chapel
Coffee County Funeral Chapel
786 McMinnville Hwy
Manchester, TN 37355
(931) 723-3330