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Wayne Leroy Alspaugh, 90, Middletown, passed away on March 25, 2017, at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital. He was born on March 8, 1927, near Kennard, Indiana.
Wayne graduated from Cadiz High School, Class of 1945.
He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
He married and leaves to cherish his memory Jo Ann (Hamilton) Alspaugh on Aug. 6, 1953, in Orange, California.
Wayne was a devoted father to Gary Wayne Alspaugh; caring for him and the effects of his muscular dystrophy until his death in 1996.
He retired from Delco Remy Division of General Motors in 1986 after 25 years of service.
He was a member of Middletown Masonic Lodge 271 F&A.M., Scottish Rite of Indianapolis, Murat Temple, Order of the Eastern Star 110, Madison County Shrine and American Legion of Middletown.
Wayne was a racing fan and early driver in the sport. He later owned several race cars with his son. He started in the pole position of the Anderson Little 500 in 1955 and 1956. He won the 1958 race after starting in the second position. It was a two-day race due to rain with 9,000 fans present.
Wayne's racing legacy and contributions to the early history of racing were recognized on the Hot Rod Network in an article titled "Little 500 - Indy's Other Race," written by Todd Ridgeway on July 12, 2012. Wayne was inducted into the Little 500 Hall of Fame on May 26, 1993.
Wayne is survived by his loving spouse, Jo Ann (Hamilton) Alspaugh of Middletown; sister, Charlene (Vernon) Manwaring of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Nellie Mae Alspaugh and Robert Otto Alspaugh; son, Gary Wayne Alspaugh; sister, Phyllis Ann Maddy; and brother, Charles Edward Alspaugh.
Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday at Loose Funeral Homes & Crematory, 200 W. 53rd St., Anderson.
Middletown Masonic Lodge 271 will conduct Masonic Rites at 1 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Services will follow with Minister Bruce Mayo officiating.
Military graveside rites will be conducted by the U.S. Army and Daleville American Legion.
Burial will take place in Anderson Memorial Park.
Memorial contributions may be made to Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Post online condolences at www.loosecares.com.
Published on March 28, 2017
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