L. Wayne Pullman – O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home


L. Wayne Pullman, 62, of Quincy, passed away at 9:25 am Friday, May 24, 2024, at Blessing Hospital in Quincy, IL.

Wayne was born November 4, 1961, in Quincy, IL to Robert Boernson and Mary (Pullman) Reinheimer, and was raised by his mother and his step-father, Lawrence Reinheimer. On July 26, 2000, in the vibrant city of Las Vegas, NV, he married his soulmate, Mitzie Powell, with whom he had shared his life since July 1982. Mitzie remains to honor his memory.

Other survivors include his two children, Michelle Hedges (Ronnie) and Amanda Dugan (Chad), both of Oklahoma; one bonus daughter, Danielle Duffy; four grandchildren, Creed Hedges, Abbey Hedges, Lexi Randolph, and Dominick Randolph; four great-grandchildren, Jesse Twist, Jett Twist, Tynsley Jackson, and Tysen Jackson, with one more on the way; one brother, James Pullman; one brother in-law, Mikey Powell; one sister in-law, Angie Hale (John); special great nephew Shawn Wagy; special great niece Hadley Meyer; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Wayne was preceded in death by his mother and stepfather; his father; one son, Shawn Pullman; one brother, Larry Reinheimer Jr.; father and step-mother in-law, Doug and Connie Powell; mother in-law, Judy Powell; brother in-law, Doug Powell Jr.; and two sisters in-law, Becky Powell and Laura Tournear.

Wayne’s professional life was a reflection of his strong work ethic and commitment. He spent his entire career at the Quincy Mall, starting in 1979 in the maintenance department and eventually becoming the Director of Maintenance in 1995. He was looking forward to his well-deserved retirement at the end of May 2024, a milestone he nearly reached.

Beyond his professional achievements, Wayne’s passions painted the picture of a man who embraced life with vigor. An avid Harley rider, he relished the freedom of the open road and the camaraderie found at events like the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. His love for the outdoors was evident in his hobbies, which included hunting for mushrooms and arrowheads, and camping at his favorite spot, Siloam Springs. There, he showcased his culinary skills with his famous dutch oven recipes, much to the delight of his family and friends.

A lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, Wayne also enjoyed traveling to places like Destin, FL, Branson, MO, and Arizona. His love for westerns was unmatched, with “Dancing with Wolves” being a personal favorite that he watched over 100 times. Known for his sense of humor, Wayne was always ready with a practical joke to lighten the mood. Above all, he was a family man with a big heart for children and animals, especially his beloved terrier, Milo. Wayne’s legacy is one of laughter, love, and the simple pleasures of life. His memory will be cherished and kept alive through the stories shared by those who knew him best.

Friends and Family are invited to Wayne’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be Thursday, May 30, 2024, from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm at O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy, IL.

A Funeral Ceremony will be at 10:00 am Friday, May 31, 2024, at the O’Donnell-Cookson Life Celebration Home in Quincy. Rev. Tim Woodard will officiate. Burial will follow at Greenmount Cemetery in Quincy, IL.

Pallbearers will be Donnie Strieker, Pat Eston, Sam Martin, Skyler Forrest, Luke Powell, and Kaylamarie Tournear.

Memorial contributions may be made to Toys for Tots or the Quincy Humane Society.

Online condolences may be shared and video tribute may be viewed at www.ODonnellCookson.com.

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