Wayne Terry washes cars to raise money for his father’s final expenses. (Photo by Emily Black)
Kingman

Veteran’s Family Struggles with Funeral Costs

Wayne Terry washes cars to raise money for his father’s final expenses. (Photo by Emily Black)

KINGMAN — A rainbow of hope shone over Wayne Terry as he washed vehicles Friday to raise money for his father’s funeral costs.

Terry, of Kingman, was stationed in a side parking lot at The Sundowner Saloon on Stockton Hill Road, with a colorful poster advertising his car wash. So far, about 13 vehicles had pulled in to be cleaned. Terry was accompanied by relatives eager to help him reach his goal.

Terry’s father, Wayne Charles Terry, died April 8 after life-threatening heart problems, and his funeral took place April 11 at College Park Baptist Church. He was cremated and his cremains will rest at home with the family.

“My father’s heart had 10 to 15 blockages and they spread throughout his whole body,” said Wayne Terry, “He kept getting worse and he was living on a life-support machine. He flatlined once.”

Gary Kryzymalski, a cousin from Pennsylvania, said, “I came out here to help make the decision and we knew that the right thing to do was to let him go with the Lord.”

The cost for the funeral and cremation totaled $5,540, and so far the family has raised about $2,500 through a gofundme page and a car wash. The gofundme page has an additional goal of about $1,000 to help sustain Wayne Charles Terry’s wife until she gets spousal benefits.

Another car wash is planned from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Sundowner Saloon, 4400 Stockton Hill Rd.

Wayne Charles Terry enjoys a happy moment with his granddaughter. (Photo provided by Wayne Terry)
Wayne Charles Terry enjoys a happy moment with his granddaughter. (Photo provided by Wayne Terry)

Wayne Charles Terry was a 23-year veteran in the U.S. Army. He enlisted in 1968 and served in a variety of places. He was an infantryman, communications specialist and mechanic. Dorothy Terry, his wife of 45 years, thought that with all his years of service, the US Department of Veterans Affairs would help take care of the funeral arrangements.

But that was not the case. She quickly discovered the VA would not pay for a casket or cremation for her beloved husband. The VA only pays for burial in stone. So Wayne Terry stepped in to assist.

“I want to raise the money to help with the funeral costs because I am real close to my dad,” said Wayne Terry. His Facebook page clearly depicts his devotion to his father, with posts such as “I am lost for words” and “RIP dad. I love you so much. You will always be in my heart. I love you.”

During the event, Kingman resident Scott Patterson watched as Wayne Terry and family members scrubbed his black truck. He purposely visited the car wash to show his support for another Kingman resident in need.

“It’s nice that people from our community come to help those that are less fortunate during tragic circumstances,” said Patterson. “Lately there has been an outpouring from our community.”

Craig and Terri Bouchard, owners of The Sundowner Saloon, said they were glad to lend their support to Wayne Terry.

“We let him have his car wash here because he was looking for a place and we feel it’s a worthy cause and great idea for him to raise money,” said Terri Bouchard.  “We do anything we can to help the community.”

To donate money to help with the funeral costs, contact Wayne Terry II at 928-715-0431 or his wife, Crystle Terry, at 928-715-6469.

Or visit the gofundme page