Wayne was born on April 21, 1941 in Massac County to Olis and Beulah Herman Burnham.
After having spent time in Kankakee and Iowa, he returned to his roots of southern Illinois where he lived the majority of his life. He worked several years at American Laundry in Metropolis and then for Smith Brothers’ Farms.
His favorite past time was fishing. Since his retirement, much of his time was spent fishing at various local watering holes, with his favorite spot being Mermet Lake.
Wayne was a lifelong member and also a deacon of Samoth Pentecostal Church. He was never ashamed of his faith and always had a song on his heart.
Survivors include his wife, Linda Burnham of Grand Chain; five sons, Richard Burnham and wife Sandra of Blue Springs, Missouri, Randall Burnham and wife P.J. of North Berwick, Maine, Reginald Burnham of Samoth, John Broder of Metropolis and companion Sharon Smith and Charles Burnham and wife Kim of Carrier Mills; one daughter, Camilia McCoy and husband Daniel of La Center, Kentucky; three stepdaughters, Kay Henson and companion Tom Martin of Metropolis, Brenda Miller and husband Steven of Joppa and Cheryl Myrick and husband Justin of Vienna; 23 grandchildren and step-grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren and step-great grandchildren; four brothers, Norman Burnham and wife Marilyn of McKenzie, Tennessee and Larry Burnham and wife Rose, Dennis Burnham and wife Imogene and Kenneth Burnham and wife Tammy, all of Metropolis; four sisters, Linda Gilbert of Kankakee, Karen Smith and husband James of Brookport, Cheryl Burnham of Metropolis and Rita Barger and husband James of Mary Esther, Florida; as well as a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Emily Johnston; an infant brother, Gale Burnham; a former daughter-in-law, Tina Burnham; and former wives, Nola Jacobsen and Pamela Burnham.
Graveside service was held Tuesday at Hillerman Baptist Church Cemetery will Bro. Jim Hambleton officiating.
Aikins-Farmer Funeral Home in Metropolis was in charge of arrangements.