The Rev. Wayne G. Stebbins Sr., 76, of Cogan Station, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on July 8, 2014.
Born in Williamsport on Feb. 18, 1938, he was the son of the late Lester and Nellie (Garrison) Stebbins. He was married to Janice (Brucklacher) Stebbins for 56 years.
Wayne was a graduate of Williamsport Area High School, Lycoming College (bachelor's), Pennsylvania State University (master's) and Wesley Theological Seminary. He was a Navy veteran and wore many professional hats. He taught Social Studies at Altoona High School and Loyalsock High School before entering the library/publishing field in sales and marketing. He was a product manager for both Silver Burdett Company and Brodart and a national sales manager for Arete Publishing. Wayne took his business savvy and love of people and became a founding partner with his wife, Janice, in JanWay Company in 1981. In 1988, he received his calling from the Lord and became an ordained minister in the United Methodist Church. He served Christ United Methodist Church in South Williamsport, the Lock Haven Parish, and Linden Charge. After retirement from full time ministry, Wayne continued to preach at many local churches when called upon.
The Rev. Wayne G. Stebbins Sr.
Some of Wayne's community activities have included District 11 Sunday School Association and Stabler's Grove Camp Meeting, Hepburn Township Supervisor, Boy Scout Cubmaster, John Bower league basketball coach, and church softball league manager, and player. In his later years, Wayne enjoyed beautifying the property surrounding his home by building a waterfall and stone walls around his pond among other things.
Wayne is survived by his wife, two sons, and five grandchildren. He was a Godly role model and loving father for W. Gary (Pamela) Stebbins Jr., of Cogan Station and Brent A. Stebbins, of Lancaster; and grandfather to Hope, Ian, Lydia, Collin, and Ross, and his sister, Shelley Stebbins, of Middletown.
Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. on July 11, in Balls Mills United Methodist Church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, with Pastors Chris Pfleegor and Marie Lewis co-officiating. The family will receive friends on Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at Knight Confer Funeral Home, 1914 Memorial Ave., Williamsport, and Friday at 1:30 p.m. until time of service at Balls Mills United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Wayne's name to the Balls Mills United Methodist Church, 5941 Bloomingrove Road, Cogan Station, PA 17728.