Wayne's father and mother, Bill and Shirley, established Orsted Funeral Home in Estevan in 1961. Wayne did his apprenticeship with his father in 1975 before earning his funeral directors license in 1977.
In the fall of 77, Wayne moved to Carlyle, where he worked for AAA Royal Ambulance Service. In 1980, Wayne returned to Orsted Funeral Home, working in Estevan as well as branches in Carlyle and Oxbow. He continues to serve his community through the family business all these years later.
Wayne spent many years on the council of the Saskatchewan Funeral Service Association, including time as president from 1990–1992. From 1992–1997, Wayne sat on the council of the town of Carlyle and became the mayor of Carlyle in 97, serving until 2000.
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