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Obituary for Wayne Myron Pline

Wayne Myron Pline, age 88, of Portland, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 25, 2018. He was born October 20, 1929 in Lyons Township, the son of Gustav and Anna (Schafer) Pline. Wayne was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed trap shooting, camping, hunting, and fishing. He was an excellent baker, especially when it came to bread, cookies, and pies. Wayne retired from General Motors and also devoted many years of service to the Portland Police, Fire, and Ambulance Departments.

Wayne is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Dolores (Thoma) Pline; children, Keith (Jane) Pline, Bonnie (Donald) Miller, Allen (Roxie) Pline, Joe (Janice) Pline, Lu Ann (David Offord) Bartlett, and Lori (Steve) Schrauben; 17 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Robin Pline; and sister, Jean Walter. Preceding Wayne in death are his parents; son, Brian “Gus” Pline; granddaughter, Kelly Pline; great-granddaughter, Theresa Gianna; five brothers, Francis, Marion, Gus, Jim, and Leon Pline; three sisters, Vivian Schrauben, Doris Kohagen, and Judy Pohl; and several in-laws.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Fr. Mike Alber at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Portland. Rite of Committal will follow at Portland Cemetery. The family will receive friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. and on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at the Lehman Funeral Home, 210 E. Bridge St., Portland. The rosaries will be prayed at 5:30 p.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday at the funeral chapel. For those desiring, memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick Athletic Association or the Portland High School Athletic Association in honor of Wayne. Online condolences may be made at

Donations may be made to:

St. Patrick High School Athletic Association 122 N. West Street, Portland MI 48875

Portland High School Athletic Association 1100 Ionia Road, Portland MI 48875

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