H. Wayne Rosentreter, 1953-2020

H. Wayne Rosentreter, 67, of Clermont, Fla., entered through Heaven’s Gates on Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020.

He was born April 24, 1953 in LaPorte, Ind. Wayne graduated from LaPorte High School and received two degrees in pastoral ministry and Christian education from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago.

In 1972, he married the love of his life, Barbara, who survives him. Wayne is also survived by son, Josh Rosentreter; daughter, Beth (Matt) Irvin; grandson, Isaac Rosentreter; granddaughters, Alysa Kaminskas and Jennifer Irvin; sister, Sharon (Bob) Reuer; brothers, Sonny (Joanne) Theobald, and Ed (Becky) Hildreth, and many loving nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Herman and Roberta Rosentreter; brother, Alan Theobald; sister, Nancy (Dale) Owens; and birth mother, Mary Jane (Rosentreter) Theobald.

Wayne was well-known for his love of Christ and his family. Returning from Moody Bible to his hometown of LaPorte, he shared his love for Christ to all who knew him. He served a few congregations throughout his pastoral career in LaPorte, before moving to warehouse management.

He was full of love, life and laughter. There was never a dull moment around him; he was a combination of Billy Graham, Bill Murray, David Letterman, and Curly Howard.

Wayne loved to drive and was an expert at planning road trips, in which he was the self-proclaimed tour guide for his family and friends. He was a NASA-loving, Lionel train-collecting, drum-beating kind of guy, who always enjoyed watching da Bears, da Cubs, and da Bulls. Most of all, he was a family man who loved God. Everyone who remains will miss him dearly.

Due to the current, unprecedented guidelines limiting public gatherings because of the COVID-19 virus, a celebration of life service will take place at a later date.

Please check his public Facebook page for more information as it is determined.

His Facebook page will remain open and all are urged to share memories, photos and final words there.

Messages of condolence may be posted below on WNLP as well.

12 Responses to “H. Wayne Rosentreter, 1953-2020”

  1. Wallyjacque

    Sep 15. 2020

    So sorry for your loss Barb. Have such fond memories at Grace church. Take care and God bless

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  2. Natalie and Mike Hogan

    Sep 15. 2020

    Barb, you know how we felt about Wayne and you right from the start. We were blessed to have you both come into our lives….. Be strong. You’ll see him again.

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  3. Janae

    Sep 15. 2020

    We love and miss you so much Uncle Wayne! I wish we could have built a better relationship with you.. but i I hope you know how much I loved you & still do!

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  4. Laureen James

    Sep 15. 2020

    So sorry Sharon and family for your loss, prayers, friendship & sympathy.

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  5. Harold/Trudie Hahn

    Sep 15. 2020

    Barb, so sorry to hear. We will always remember the good talks and fun we had with you, all of our good visits. Y’all are very special to us.

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  6. Fujii

    Sep 15. 2020

    Wayne advised me when I purchused great study bibles for my daughters when they were both 10 year. He was such a blessing to all who knew him. We shared his love and knowledge of Christ Jesus furthering the Spiritual commandment. Thank you Wayne, looking forward to kicking with you in Heaven.

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  7. Anita Way

    Sep 16. 2020

    I remember the jovial person embodied in the tall frame; however, over the years, the gray and white hairs have clouded my memories. Barb, I can only imagine the magnitude of your family’s “vacant chair” that can only be filled by your fondest memories. I won’t say the word “loss” since we all know we will see him again just as we also know the void that was there when our son, Brian, was also called home. God has given us fond memories over the last 15 years to see us through. We, Jerry and I, are saddened as his uplifting manner will leave this country devoid of a blessing. Be at peace . . .

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  8. Chris and Cindi Boardman

    Sep 16. 2020

    A great guy. Love and peace to his family.

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  9. Ruth Ann & Doc Persingedr

    Sep 16. 2020

    So sorry for your loss Barb. Wayne was such a great guy & I so enjoyed working with him at ScottForesman. You & your family are in our prayers.

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  10. Hugh Tonagel

    Sep 16. 2020

    Our condolences to you Barb, and your family. Wayne was a great Bible teacher, friend and man of God!

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  11. Mindy

    Sep 17. 2020

    I am so sorry for your loss, Rosentreter family. I have fun memories of Wayne and family as I grew up with his kids. We will see you on the other side, Wayne!

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  12. Christine Hammond

    Sep 18. 2020

    This is a beautiful tribute to your dad, It is clear how much you loved him and how much he loved you. Sending you love and prayers.

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