Wayne Enderle '74 June 20, 2023 12:37 PM updated: June 20, 2023 12:49 PM
Wayne Alan Enderle
October 30, 1951 - June 3, 2023
Wayne Alan Enderle, 71, of Tellico Village, Tennessee, passed away peacefully June 3, 2023.
Wayne was born October 30, 1951 to Horace William Louis Enderle, Jr. and Betty Sauter Enderle in Fort Hood, Texas. He graduated from Holy Redeemer Seminary High School in Lacombe, Louisiana, before going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering at Texas A&M University. At A&M, he was a proud member of the Corps of Cadets and the Ross Volunteers. After his sophomore year, Wayne met Cathy Blakeman, and they married in 1974.
Upon graduation, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army Corps of Engineers. He served six years, attaining the rank of Captain, stationed in Nürnberg, Germany, and Fort Hood, Texas. While in the army, Wayne and Cathy welcomed their son, Jonathan Scott Enderle, born in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. They soon moved to Lake Jackson, Texas, where Wayne was hired as a chemical engineer with BASF, and where their daughter Laura Elizabeth Enderle was born. His 30-year career with BASF brought the family to Louisiana, Germany and finally New Jersey, where he retired as Vice President of Environment, Health and Safety Site Services.
After a meticulous search for the perfect retirement spot, Cathy and Wayne landed in Tellico Village, Tennessee, where Wayne spent many blissful years fishing, boating, golfing, woodworking, making dear friends and living his dream on the lake. While on a trip to France in 2017, they received the joyous news that their beloved grandson James was born, and Wayne became PaPa. As the early risers of the family, PaPa and James shared a special bond, and spent their many weekend visits together building Lego sets, conducting science experiments, planting herbs and mixing sourdough starter at the kitchen counter – often before anyone else was awake. Wayne treasured every moment with James, and nothing delighted him more than seeing his grandson happy.
Wayne’s steady presence and warm, caring nature touched everyone in his orbit – a circle that never stopped growing as he extended a friendly Texas “Howdy” to every new person he met. Whether he was sharing his wine, cooking you a meal, or telling you a long, proud story about his children’s accomplishments, Wayne invited you to join in his jollity for all the things and people that he loved most. He’d want to be remembered this way, and for the love he shared to bring comfort and cheer to all who knew him.
He is survived by his parents, H.W. and Betty Enderle; his wife, Cathy Enderle; his daughter, Laura Enderle; his daughter-in-law, Rachael Nichols; and his grandson, James Enderle; as well as his four brothers and sisters-in-law, Doug and Terrye Enderle; Jack and Deb Enderle; Chris and Becky Enderle; and Phil and Laura Enderle. He will also be missed by his sisters- and brother-in-law Beth Blakeman and Tim and Nicole Blakeman, and by his many cousins, nieces, nephews, friends and colleagues. He is preceded in death by his son, Jonathan Scott Enderle.
A service will be held in August at St. Thomas the Apostle in Lenoir City, Tennessee. Details to follow soon. Those wishing to honor Wayne’s memory may donate in his name to a charity of your choosing, or to Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee: secondharvestetn.org