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Wayne W. Murawski

Wayne W. Murawski 71, of Palm Harbor, FL and formerly of Cleveland, OH, died on February 10, 2017 after a courageous battle with colon cancer.  He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Sharon; son Brian; daughter, Kirsten, her significant other, Gabe Dalrymple, and his children, Devin, Taryn and Tessa.  Brothers; Warren (Gail), Dennis (Susan), Douglas and one sister Darlene (Richard) Hibyan and an extended circle of family and lifelong friends. He was predeceased by his father Warren, his mother Esther and his brother Dale.

Wayne worked in computer technology for several companies, including as Senior Vice President of LESCO Corp. Wayne served in the US Army and was assigned to the Pentagon.  He also served a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1968 and was a Purple Heart recipient.  In 1986, Wayne and Sharon moved to Valley City, OH.  They raised their children on a horse farm.  Wayne enjoyed horseback riding and was a gentleman farmer.

In 2004, Wayne and Sharon moved to St. Augustine, FL and became franchise owners of Young Rembrandts of 1st Coast Florida. In 2015, Wayne and Sharon along with son Brian moved to Palm Harbor to be closer to daughter Kirsten and to enjoy retirement.  Wayne was a member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Palm Harbor, FL.   He was an avid reader, and enjoyed sharing his business acumen with entrepreneurs, especially his daughter, Kirsten.

A military service will be held at 1:30PM on Wednesday, February 22, 2017, at Bay Pines National Cemetery in St. Petersburg, FL. The address is 13000 Bay Pines Blvd, St. Petersburg, FL 33708.

A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, February 25, at 1:00 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 1377 Lester Road, Valley City, OH 44280.

Donations can be made in Wayne’s memory to The Suncoast Hospice Foundation (www.thehospice Arrangements entrusted to Veterans Funeral Care, Clearwater, FL.

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  • Pat Warnicke says:

    Sharon, Sylvia remembers that Wayne came to visit them after he got out of service. She extolled your virtues and that was all she wrote.
    It led to 47 years and two blessed children. You can’t ask for much more. You have so many memories to treasure. I know that God will be with you, Brian, Kirstin and the family as you grieve for your loss. God bless and keep you in His lovingly arms. Love, pat

  • Catherine Courtney says:

    I will always have fond memories of Wayne as he supported your family’s cheerful running of “Young Rembrandts” in Jacksonville. Thank you to you all for the great work you did. My prayers and compassion for you as you adjust to living without him. So sorry for your loss.

  • Sandra Smith says:

    Wayne was a man full of ideas for making things better and more effective working the Art program Young Rembrandt’s.I met him as a teacher team working to make the older art students more interested in taking the program by opening up using new media and ideas. My prayers are for God’s peace to surround Sharon and the family members during this healing time.

  • Grace Blumhardt says:

    Wayne chose the right path for his journey home and heard those glorious words, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” God bless you and your dear family, Sharon.

  • Liz Barth says:

    Sharon, I’ve been watching the Tampa Bay Times and was relieved today when I saw this posted on FB. We have had Wayne & you in our prayers as well as Marvin & Chris. Wayne lost his battle with life but has won the ultimate reward. May God continue to grant you and your family peace during this transition. For some reason I thought you both lived in Tampa. I never realized you were in Palm Harbor and not that far. Gary is having shoulder surgery this Wed so we won’t be able to attend Wayne’s service and I see you are going back to Ohio for a service. We will be in Florida until 4/26. I would love getting together with you. I will leave my phone number as a FB msg for you. With Love and God’s Blessings…..Liz

  • Jesse Alexander says:

    I am deeply grateful that God allowed us to walk together for a season and serve together in the church. It was not an easy time. But I was regularly strengthened and challenged by Wayne’s courage and internal moral compass. Would that there were more in leadership like him.