Tooele Transcript Bulletin – News in Tooele, Utah

July 23, 2020
Father Wayne T. Epperley

Obit Father Wayne T. EpperleyFather Wayne T. Epperley passed away July 3, 2020, in Detroit, Michigan, where he was the pastor of Old Saint Mary’s Church. Wayne was born Jan. 4, 1954, in Germany.

Wayne attended Tooele High School before leaving to pursue his dream of becoming a Catholic priest. He joined the Holy Ghost Fathers to pursue life as a missionary priest. After being the first priest ordained at St. Marguerite Church in Tooele, Wayne served in Mexico, Brazil and many locations in the US. His final parish was Old St. Mary’s in Detroit’s Greektown.

Wayne loved being a priest, especially when it allowed him to care for the poor and underserved communities he was sent to. He also enjoyed spending time back home in Tooele with his parents Tom and Cookie who proceeded him in death. While he was often assigned far from Tooele, he always felt that was his home. He will truly be missed by all the parishioners he has served in his 36 years of priesthood.

Wayne is survived by his brother Tom as his wife June of Tooele and his brother Paul and his wife Jen of Fort Worth, Texas.

Wayne received a mass of the celebration of his life in Detroit and we have brought him home to Tooele to celebrate his life in his home parish. The mass will be held at St. Marguerite Catholic Church at 11 a.m., Wednesday August 5. We will lay him to rest in the Tooele Cemetery with his mother and father after the mass.

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