Air Force Major (Retired) Wayne August Kuschel, 89, of Henrietta, passed away on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11, 2013, in Henrietta.
Maj. Kuschel was born Dec. 6, 1923, in Ellsworth, Wisconsin. He joined the U.S. Army in 1940, at the age of 16 and, with an eighth grade education, was selected to become a pilot for the Army Air Corp. He then went to college to obtain his degree before he began pilot training. He had a wonderful and blessed career in the military in which he retired after 20 years of service in 1960. Shortly thereafter, he accepted a position in the Army as a civilian. While as an Army civilian, he severed in Vietnam. After several executive management positions, Wayne retired from Civil Service at the rank of a GS-14. As a devoted service member, he and his family moved continuously. Once his loving wife, Dorothy passed away, he decided to make his final home in Texas.
Wayne was active in his community. He was a 50 year Master Mason and a 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason. He always encouraged young people to continue his or her education. In retirement, he wrote two books about the military and his life while in the military. He was a public speaker for multiple engagements and gave seminars for new military members for many years.
Survivors include his older brother, Donald Kuschel.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 21, at The Heritage Center on Sheppard Air Force Base. Followed by a graveside service in Red Wing, Minnesota on Nov. 26.
Memorials can be made to the Henrietta Boy Scouts Building Fund, P.O. Box 23, Henrietta, Texas 76365.