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Retired Capt. Wayne A. Putnam, 75, of Great Mills died peacefully Nov. 11, 2012, at his home.
Born Dec. 22, 1936, in Kankakee, Ill., he was the son of the late Arnie W. Putnam and Freida (Ebling) Putnam.
He grew up in Kankakee and graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, receiving his commission in 1958. In 1959, he completed flight training and was awarded his “wings of gold,” commencing his career as a naval aviator. He retired in 1987 at the rank of captain. During his naval career, he earned Navy Battle “E,” Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Honor Medal (First Class), Navy Achievement Medal, Air Medal S/F-1, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Ribbon, Navy Unit Commendation, Air Force Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), Navy Expeditionary Medal (Cuba), National Defense Service Medal, Expert Pistol Ribbon and Meritorious Service. He served with the support of his wife, Beverly Jean (Bowman) Putnam, serving with distinction and honor.
He was a devoted husband and father. He had many interests throughout his life, including a lifelong love of golf. He would play at every opportunity, traveling frequently to his vacation home in Hilton Head, S.C., to play every day he was there. He participated in many retired military tournaments with his former Navy classmates, and won several events. He enjoyed teaching his grandson, Matthew, how to play, and was thrilled that his step-great-granddaughter, Amber, wanted to learn and play with him as well.
He also donated time helping organizations such as Meals on Wheels in St. Mary’s County as well as with hospice, assisting patients to and from hospitals in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., area.
He is survived by his daughters, Diana Moeller (Chuck) of Gloucester, Va., and Debra Lyn Zurkowski (Robert) of Hollywood; three grandchildren, Michael Zurkowski, Matthew Zurkowski and Megan Zurkowski; one step-granddaughter, Rebecca Kelly Moeller; and four step-great-grandchildren, Destiny Moeller, Brittany Bowles, Amber Bowles and Cassie Bowles. In addition to his parents, he was recently preceded in death by his wife.
The family will receive friends Friday, Nov. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Brinsfield Funeral Home in Leonardtown, where prayers will be recited at 6:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Nov. 17, at 11 a.m. at St. John Francis Regis Catholic Church in Hollywood. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of St. Mary's, P.O. Box 625, Leonardtown, MD 20650.