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Baldwin-Fairchild Oviedo Funeral Home

501 E Mitchell Hammock Rd, Oviedo, FL

OBITUARY

Kenneth "Wayne" Heckle

November 6, 1944July 16, 2019
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Kenneth Wayne Heckle Sr. (Wayne) was born November 6, 1944, the fourth of five children of William Heckle Sr and Betty McKay Heckle. He was born and raised in Orlando, Fl. The family was very close and spent any spare time available camping, hunting and fishing. Wayne frequently accompanied his father to do air conditioning service calls, during which time, he developed considerable skills. Their dad also frequently took them to the stock car races at Sunbrock Speedway. Wayne was quite athletic, although not very big. He played Little League Baseball, in which he hit the only grand slam home run; and High School football for Boone High School. After graduation from high school, Wayne joined the Pipefitters and Plumbers Local Union and completed the 5-year apprenticeship program to become a Journeyman. The skills that he had learned from his father helped him to excel in this field. In 1983, Wayne was presented with an opportunity to work at Kennedy Space Center for the Shuttle Program. He was the Mechanical Lead at the Launch Equipment Test Facility for ten years and then transferred to the Cryogenics lab. In October, 2000, Wayne was presented the Silver Snoopy Award, one of the highest awards issued by NASA.

In high school, Wayne noticed a skinny little 16 year old girl, named Sandy Cramer, with big glasses and for some reason, liked what he saw. They eloped and were married when she was still a junior in high school and he had to sign her report cards. While virtually no one thought they would make it, they celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary on April 11, 2019. Wayne and Sandy had two awesome children, Kenneth Jr. (Kenny) and Kimberly. He was so very proud of his children and loved them beyond belief. From these two children, they were blessed with four wonderful grandchildren, Cason, Morgan, Brandi and Conner. They were the light of Wayne’s life. He attended all the ball games and functions that he could until he became too ill to do so.

The Friday night trips to the stock car races had a lasting effect on Wayne. A few years after graduating high school, Wayne and his childhood friend Tommy Funk built a stock car and Wayne started driving it. He was REALLY BAD when he first started. He wanted to win before he learned to drive. However, as time went on, he developed into a great driver; winning over 500 feature races and numerous championships. He LOVED racing. He was inducted into the Melbourne Speedway Hall of Fame and the Orlando Speed World Hall of Fame.

He was my love, my husband, my partner and my rock for 55 years. Lead the pack Wayne Heckle.

  • FAMILY

  • Sandy Heckle, Wife
  • ~ Kenneth Jr., Son
  • ~ Kimberly, Daughter
  • ~ Cason, Grandchild
  • ~ Morgan, Grandchild
  • ~ Brandi, Grandchild
  • ~ Conner, Grandchild

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 22, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Memories

Kenneth "Wayne" Heckle

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David Donn

August 18, 2019

I grew up with Wayne , Marty and their family. I lived 2 houses away on south bumby. We played together as kids and the whole family was so good to me. I was younger than everyone but was always hanging around their home and learning things that I never could at my house as I had no father at home. Just was thinking of Wayne yesterday so looked up Wayne’s racing info and saw that he passed last month. God bless his family and especially his wife Sandy. I don’t know if she will see this post as it is a few weeks since his passing but I hope so.

Lisa Tanner- Canada

July 24, 2019

To Kenny and family, So sorry to hear of the loss of Wayne. Have fond memories from way back at track and around when we were young. Prayers out to you all . He will be missed. Hold your heads up high and if you smile daily it helps. Sincerely, Lisa Tanner - Canada.

Gerald Hardage

July 23, 2019

I thank God he allowed Wayne’s and my paths to cross! He was one of my best friends and such an inspiration to me.
Wanted was a lot of things to many but most importantly he was a model family man.
Here is an example. I use to go racing with him and help a little on ole no 9.
It seem like we were was behind the 8 ball getting ready! One friday we were really pushing to get to the track.
Wanted was under the car working and here comes Cason Cason started pull ing on Wayne’s cuff and he said he wanted to play ball. Wayne rolled out from under the car and started playing ball with him. I could not believe it! We were going to miss the race! I ask Wayne if we could do that later and he said “this is a lot more important. (We made the race and Wayne won that night. Family first was his belief and motto.
Cason grew up to a fine young man and a fine chip off the block.
There will never be another Wayne.
Ps. Last I heard was he was 3 laps aged of Jesus
Love ya bro

Patricia (Long) Shaw

July 21, 2019

Dear Sandy, you probably don't remember me, but Melva and I were friends in school. I am so sorry for your loss. I pray that God will help you and your family during this time. In Christian Love, Pat & Bill Shaw

Kip, Lucas & Emily Bellairs

July 21, 2019

We were honored to have Wayne as our next door neighbor. When our son Lucas blessed us by expanding our family, Wayne didn’t hesitate one second to offer his help... “anytime day or night.” It meant a lot to us.
If we needed something, we knew he would be there to lend a hand.
We would like to send Sandy and her family a big warm hug during this challenging time.
Sandy you are in our hearts and know that we are here for you... “anytime day or night.”

Kip, Lucas & Emily

Lee Faulk

July 21, 2019

I am so very sorry to hear of Wayne's passing. He was one of my heroes growing up and taught me a lot about racing. He was one of the best. My thoughts will be with Sandy, David, Kenny, Kimberly and the entire family in the coming days.

Your friend,
Lee Faulk

Kevin Heckle

July 19, 2019

Kenny Jr. said that someone told him that our pictures always show the family together. I think Uncle Wayne played a large part in making sure we always stayed together. Whether it was cheering him on at the race track or getting together at his place for the holidays. He was a man truly blessed with family and friends. He was a big influence on my life, teaching me many things like persevering even when you don't have the best conditions or starting position. With preparation and tenacity you can win against forces seemingly greater than yourself. I don't think anyone or anything was greater than Waynes determination. We're going to miss his great stories about growing up, street racing, stock car racing, hunting, Grandpa Heckle, air boating and general mischief. I'm going to miss his laugh. Going to miss him. Love him and Aunt Sandy bunches.

Deborah Boatwright- Penniman

July 18, 2019

My condolences to the family and prayers 🙏🙏 I remember Wayne racing at Citrus County Speedway . Which my parents and the Whittons operated for many years.

Sam Branch

July 18, 2019

Enjoyed being in the pits with Wayne, Ric, David ,back in the day, loved to watch him Put it on the high dollar boys. RIP #9

Tom Gray

July 18, 2019

I enjoyed racing against Wayne in the modifieds but mostly I remember him as a friend with shared interests. Wayne was fair, a tough competitor, but mostly he was from all accounts a good man. His passing saddens me but knowing he is now healed and whole I wish his wife and family peace. RIP #9. You won the race.

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