Wayne Paul Springsteen

wayne springsteen

July 8, 1926 ~ March 17, 2023

Born in: New Plymouth, Idaho
Resided in: Fremont, California

Wayne Springsteen was born on July 8, 1926, to Lillian Bertha Langley and Horry Everett Springsteen in New Plymouth, Idaho. He passed away peacefully in his sleep at age 96 with his beloved cat, Piper, by his side in Fremont, California.

His family lived on the old Springsteen homestead, a 40-acre farm located 3.5 miles southeast of New Plymouth, Idaho. His great aunt Rhoda Christy Brown Detrick assisted with his birth at home. He had an older brother, Richard Lloyd, and a younger sister, Betty Jean, who both predecease him.

Upon graduation from New Plymouth High School in 1944 as senior class president, Wayne enlisted in the Army Air Corps at Gowen Field in Boise. He was accepted into the pilots training program in all categories; bomber pilot, fighter pilot, navigator, and bombardier and was inducted at Fort Douglas in Salt Lake City, Utah. He completed his basic training at Keesler Field in Biloxi, Mississippi, before being sent to La Junta Army Air Base in Colorado and Hobbs Air Force Base in New Mexico while awaiting a spot in the cadet training program. He was in flight training at Hobbs when the first atomic bomb was tested at White Sands, New Mexico.  With the war winding down and fewer pilots needed, he was assigned to the military police to quell too much celebrating on VJ Day. Wayne was honorably discharged from active duty in 1945. He served in the Air Force active reserves in Richland, Washington where he flew search missions in the Cascade Mountains for the Civil Air Patrol. He was discharged from the active reserve in 1960, having attained the rank of Technical Sergeant as an Air Traffic Control Supervisor. He was fortunate to serve stateside during World War II and never was involved in combat. He had a lifelong love of airplanes, his favorite being the Piper Cub.

After the war ended, Wayne returned to Idaho and attended College of Idaho for two years and worked as a licensed electrician during this time. At one point he was the youngest licensed electrician in Idaho and, many years later, the oldest. He married Joyce Elaine Sorenson on June 5, 1949, in New Plymouth, Idaho and they had five children together before divorcing in 1968.

Wayne made his home in Richland, Washington with his wife and daughters Lois and Kaye while working for General Electric at the Hanford Site in 1951. The family moved to Fremont, California in 1958, where his three younger children, Judy, Linda, and David were born. He was an early employee at Vallecitos Nuclear Center and retired from General Electric after 41 years of service.

In addition to work and family life, he loved to garden, travel, and play golf. Like his sister, Betty, he hit a hole-in-one. He parachuted solo, at age 60, more than once. Wayne was active in flying and archery, trap and skeet (he was an outstanding marksman), bowling, and being helpful. He spent 30 years volunteering at the Fremont Police Department in their records department, and used his ham radio skills, call sign WU6A, for enjoyment and community safety. He even adopted a lion at Shambala Preserve. Wayne could fix anything; he stayed busy helping his adult children with home and auto repairs and upgrades and he helped his daughter Lois rewire her entire house.

Wayne loved his children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren and always looked forward to family gatherings.

Wayne is survived by his four daughters Lois Springsteen (Bill Bryant), Kaye Zigrang (John), Judy Springsteen, Linda Springsteen, and son David Springsteen (Andrea). His grandchildren are Daniel Nelson (Shelley), Erin Springsteen, Nicholas Allen, Alex Springsteen, Sam Allen, John Springsteen, and Lucas Springsteen. His great grandchildren Violet and Tucker Nelson, and Hailie and Atlas Allen brought him great joy. He was preceded in death by his great granddaughter Aubrielle Allen in 2019.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to one of Wayne’s favorite charities —  American LegionStray Cat Alliance, AIDS/Lifecycle, or Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music.

Memorial Services will be held at Berge Pappas Smith Chapel of the Angels on April 13, 2023, at 10:00 A.M. and interment will be at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery on May 2, 2023, at 2:30 P.M.


Memorial Service: April 13, 2023 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Room: Garden Chapel

Berge Papas Smith Chapel of the Angels
40842 Fremont Blvd.
Fremont, CA 94538


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  1. I was lucky enough to have befriended Wayne through his son. Though I only visited him at family gatherings, I always enjoyed conversing with him. I witnessed his passionate love for all of his family first hand. RIP my friend.

  2. Rest in Peace, Grandpa Wayne. You were a great man and will always be a role model to me.

    Love, John

  3. Rest in Peace, Grandpa Wayne. You were a fantastic person, grandfather, and role model. Thank you for all the memories. I love you.

  4. Wayne is our beloved neighbor for 20 years in Fremont. He was always very friendly and liked to chat about his family, work, life experience, upgrades at home, planting in the garden and his cat Piper. We were always in awe of him being so tech savvy at his age. He loved his family and was most proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Wayne, we miss you and will cherish the fond memories always.

  5. I enjoyed working with Wayne at the Fremont Police Department. He always had the latest Apple product and loved to share photos on his ipad of his family and his boss Piper.

  6. I knew Wayne at Vallecitos Nuclear Center over 18 years. He was always a great guy, easy to work with and loyal. God bless his family today and everyday.

  7. I am writing to express my heartfelt condolences for the loss of Wayne. He was not just our neighbor, but also a cherished member of our family.

    Wayne was a wonderful person who touched our lives in many many ways. His generosity and kindness knew no bounds, and we will always be grateful for the love and care he showed us over the years. Our children, Cat and Garrett, were particularly fond of Wayne, and they always looked forward to his visits. His garden vegetables were a staple in our meals, and we have many fond memories of sharing meals and conversations with him.

    I regret not taking up his offer to go golfing with him. I wish I had taken the time to get to know him better. He was a warm and caring person, and his passing has left a deep void in our lives. We will miss him dearly.

    Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Wayne’s memory will live on in our hearts, and we will always cherish the time we spent with him.

  8. My Father passed away on 3/17 peacefully in his sleep.

    He was a good father , grandfather and great grandfather.
    Some of the things he taught me when I was growing up, how to fix stuff , work ethic and that I should save money. These are very important things that helped me be successful.

    He was an excellent grandfather. Grandpa Wayne never skipped an opportunity to be with our children and for that they are very lucky.
    He attended it all, school events , sports , tumble tots, recitals , taught them to garden and more. He was always there and never turned down an invitation.

    He was a very Patriotic American and very proud of his service to our country and the fact he earned a “Ruptured Duck”.
    He was able to attend an honor flight with other WW2 veterans and was part of the greatest generation.

    He always helped his family ,friends , neighbors and volunteered in the community. He spent decades after retirement as a volunteer for the Fremont Police.

    He had a good sense of humor. Over the years when I saw him I would say “How ya doing dad? “ His response “No toe tag yet”.
    One of the last times I spoke to him he was complaining a little about being old and tired and I said “well there’s no toe tag yet” He Smiled and said “That comes later”.

    He was very proud of his family and children especially my four sisters as he told me many times.

    RIP Dad

  9. CandleI knew Wayne from my many years at the Vallecitos Nuclear Center. Wayne was one of the best people there, reliable, responsible and very humerus. I’m 85 years old and will meet him again!

  10. I want to give thanks to my neighbor and friend Wayne. He encouraged me to earn my ham radio license and once I did he lent me the equipment to get on the air. He is responsible for me fulfilling a life long dream and becoming a ham. Thanks again Wayne, and 73.

  11. I first met Wayne on Ham Radio when I got back into the Ham Radio in 1990. He frequented the “Un-Radio Club” as it was called and I would join chats that people would have to and from work. He introduced me to RTTY which is a digital mode which is sort of like text messaging on Ham Radio to talk to people all over the world.

    As I got more into Ham Radio Wayne was always ready to help. I needed some help putting in an electrical circuit for a ham radio amplifier and he was ready to apply his capabilities. Always super helpful.

    When I stopped being active in Ham Radio and got busy with life we would still get together from time to time. It was always great to see him and he always friendly and I very much enjoyed every moment we spent together.

  12. CandleRest in piece. I didn’t know him but it seems he had a full life of experiences and family

  13. Sorry for your loss I lost my dad back in 2010 And I miss him a lot. And I know how you feel about losing your loved one. God-bless you and your family

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