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Wayne Carl Watts

September 21, 1954 — September 11, 2023

Plainwell

Wayne Carl Watts of Plainwell, MI passed away peacefully surrounded by friends and family on Monday, September 11, 2023. He was born in Kalamazoo, MI on September 21,1954, the son of Carl and Doris Watts.

Visit with family and friends on Thursday, September 14 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Friday, September 15 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home: 120 S. Woodhams St. in Plainwell.  A funeral service will follow at 11:00 a.m. at the same location. Anyone wishing to ride their motorcycle in Wayne’s memory is encouraged to do so.

Wayne graduated from Plainwell High School in 1972. He was a member of FFA in High School. After high school Wayne got a job at Borroughs in Kalamazoo for a few years before going to James Rivers and working there for 18 years.  He also worked at GM where he retired after 16 years.

Wayne was set up on a blind date by a friend. His date’s name was Maria and at the end of the night, Wayne told Maria that he was getting back together with his ex-girlfriend, and he wouldn’t be calling her.  However, a week later he called and asked her out on a second date.  They were married on June 1, 1982, and have been together since.

Wayne was a little league coach and enjoyed all sports. He was an avid bowler, and he loved all music. Maria had a flower garden and Wayne would care for it when she wasn’t able to.  He encouraged and supported all youth sports.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maria; his children: Jon (Crystal) Horton, Gary (Sindi Rios) Horton, Wayne (Amanda Morand) Watts; eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  He is also survived by his two sisters: Patricia (Jim) Ferguson and Deloris Watts as well as several nieces and nephews.

Wayne is preceded in death by his mother Doris Watts, his father Carl Watts and his brother Douglas Watts.

Wayne’s children best sum up their father with a line from a Brad Paisley song,

“And looking back, all I can say about all the things he did for me
Is, I hope I'm at least half the dad that he didn't have to be”.

Contributions can be made to Centrica Care Navigators Hospice in his memory.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Visitation

Thursday, September 14, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Visitation

Friday, September 15, 2023

10:00 - 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

Enter your phone number above to have directions sent via text. Standard text messaging rates apply.

Funeral Service

Friday, September 15, 2023

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Avink, McCowen & Secord Funeral Home and Cremation Society, Plainwell

120 South Woodhams Street, Plainwell, MI 49080

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