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||Born: December 15, 1926
||Place of Birth: Mayetta, Kansas
||Death: November 18, 2011
||Place of Death: San Diego, California
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December 15, 1926 -
November 18, 2011
|We are here today to celebrate the life of Daryl Wayne Kabance who went to be with the Lord on Friday, the 18th of November, 2011. Wayne was born on December 15th, 1926. He was half Potawatomi Indian from his father’s side. He was called by his middle name, Wayne. He was married to Ramona for 60 years. His son, Michael Kabance, is married to Melanie and they have three children, Olivia, Cheryl, and Stephanie. His daughter, Paula, is married to Stu U’Ren and they have one son, Aaron. Wayne also has two great grandchildren, Hayden, Olivia’s son, and Janelle, Cheryl’s daughter. Cheryl is also 8 months pregnant with a girl whose name will be Natalie Marie.
Wayne grew up on his family’s farm in Mayetta, KS with his parents, Marguerite and James, older sister, Irene, and three brothers, LaRue, Galen, and Maurice. He went to a one room school house just up the road from his home. Wayne attended high school in Holton and lived with friends in town during the school week, returning to the farm on weekends to work with his dad. Wayne has always loved sports and in high school he lettered in football, baseball, and basketball.
It was a hard to be away from home, but as Dad told me, if he was not good, then the folks he was staying with would send him back to the farm and he REALLY would rather attend school than work back on the farm, so he stayed out of trouble.
He graduated from high school in 1945 and enlisted in the Marine Corps in July of that year. He went through basic training and qualified as a Sharpshooter with a special qualification of machine gun crewman. In December of that year he was sent to China to guard Japanese POWs during the US occupation of China. His duty in China ended nine months later and he returned to San Diego where he was given an honorable discharged in September 1946 with the rank of Private First Class.
After his military service he attended college at Kansas State where he majored in agriculture.
The most important part of his life was meeting Ramona Cooke, daughter of Ernest Cooke I. Ramona had deep, dark-red hair so Wayne affectionately call her “Red”. They fell in love and were married in Webster Groves (a suburb of St. Louis), Missouri on the 25th day of November 1950. Wayne passed away just a few days short of their 61st wedding anniversary.
After Wayne graduated from college he went to work for Allis Chalmers Tractors test driving new tractors in Springfield, Illinois. A few years later he moved to San Diego with his family. Paula was born in March 1952 and Mike was born in December 1956. Wayne eventually got a job at San Diego Federal bank. He worked there, in many positions, until his retirement in 1990.
Wayne and Ramona's first home in San Diego was in Clairemont. After about five years they moved to La Mesa, and 10 years later they moved to Poway. One thing was constant in all his homes: He always had a garden with vegetables,fruit trees and grape vines. You could not take the farm out of the farm-boy.
He loved to play pinochle, pitch, gin, dominoes, and poker with his family and his friends at the senior center here in Poway.
He liked to travel with his family during his summer vacations, so he bought a 12-foot camper in 1965, which he called the White Apache, and drove all around the US with it. In later years he used it to camp with his grandchildren and he didn't sell it until 2007. His final position with the bank required him to travel and received a lot of frequent flyer miles which he used to travel the world. He visited Australia, many countries in Europe, (Spain, France, Italy) and visited Alaska many times. He really enjoyed his travel time and told many stories about it.
Wayne was diagnosed with liver cancer in late 2007 but he didn't let it get him down. He had many visits from relatives and family, enjoyed his great grand children, attended a Kabance Family reunion and his grand daughter's wedding in Atlanta, GA, and still managed to go on a few more camping trips. He lived life to the fullest.
May he rest happily with Jesus in Heaven as he waits for us to join him.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to help further liver cancer research. Please send donations to:
Clinical Trials Project Manager
Moores UCSD Cancer Center
3855 Health Sciences Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92093-0698
Checks should be made out to The UCSD Foundation. In the memo line, please specify For the cancer research of Dr. Tony Reid and that the gift is in memory of Wayne Kabance. If you want the family to know that you’ve donated, please indicate that you’d like an acknowledgement of your gift sent to the family.