Obituary and Service Information for Omer Herrick Whayne, Jr.

Whayne, Jr., Omer Herrick

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Visitation Location:
Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020
Time: 12:00 pm

Service Location:
Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church

Peaceful Ridge Cemetery, DeSoto, Missouri

In lieu of flowers send memorials to: Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church

Omer Herrick Whayne, Jr. of High Ridge, MO, joined his beloved wife Betty in heaven on Thursday, December 4, 2020. He was 83 years old and spent his last moments at Mercy South, St. Louis, MO, surrounded by his loving family. Omer was born September 26, 1937, in Cairo, IL to Omer Herrick Whayne, Sr. and Mabel (Cantrell) Whayne. In addition to his parents, Omer was preceded in death by his wife, Betty Lou (Theissen) Whayne.

Omer lived an interesting and active life. He attended Cairo High School, where he was known for his singing and his expertise at performing the hambone. He worked as first mate on a riverboat for the barge line in Cairo, IL, which led him to deep sea adventures out of New Orleans. Other occupations included driving a bread truck, being a hair model, and finally, in order to spend more time with his adored wife, Omer became a Vintage Film Dealer specializing in 16-mm film. He loved the trade, and became friends with the Statler Brothers, Roy Rogers, Lash LaRue, and was well-known as a man of integrity in business dealings with Chuck Berry, Gene Autry, Leslie Howard, Hop-along Cassidy, and hundreds of others. He was admired and respected by all who worked with him.

Omer was a dynamic member of Peace Tabernacle Church, where he and his wife taught a class for teenagers known as Youthquake, as well as coaching many Bible Quiz teams. They not only taught but demonstrated the love of Jesus to their many mentees, the majority of whom are still serving God forty years later. Omer was a strong and solid father figure for many children and teenagers for all of his life, and could always be seen reaching out to people whom others overlooked. He believed in the value of every person, and was a quiet but effective leader and mentor in the spiritual lives of almost everyone he met. Anyone who met him and his wife Betty felt that they were instant family, and Betty and Omer believed it, too. More recently, Omer was a Coordinator for Senior Life Ministries, and played guitar and sang for the senior services. He was happiest when praying, singing, and attending church services.

Omer strongly believed in the power of the name of Jesus, and that Jesus was God manifest in the flesh. He loved to discuss and read about this, even in his final days. He loved the verse of his favorite song, “This Train is Bound for Glory,” that said, “This train has just one station, Acts 2:38 salvation,” and shared that message when possible. His other favorite song, “Old Chunk of Coal,” showed his humility before God and man.

Omer is survived by daughters Sherma (Randy) Peters of Mina, AR, and Teena (Donald L. Jr) McAdams of High Ridge, MO; his son, Omer H. “Erick” Whayne III, of Oxford, WI; sister Trinkia (Kenneth) Plumb of High Ridge, MO; brother Lacy (Juanita) Whayne of Wentzville, MO; granddaughter Taylor (Blake) Zenobia of Grand Haven, MI; and grandsons Joshua McAdams of High Ridge, MO, and Randy Peters of Mina, AR.

Visitation will be held at Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church in Hillsboro, MO, on Monday, December 7, 2020, from 10:30 to 12:00 p.m. A funeral service will follow, with Bishop Rudy Theissen officiating. Interment will be at Peaceful Ridge Cemetery in De Soto, MO. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Peace Tabernacle United Pentecostal Church, 11096 MO-21, Hillsboro, MO, 63050. Arrangements are under the care and direction of the Mahn Funeral Home of De Soto, MO.


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