Wayne Howard Biessman

January 4, 1933 - April 7, 2020

Edgerton, WI -- On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, after a courageous battle with heart disease, Wayne Howard Biessman passed away peacefully at the age of 87. Wayne will be laid to rest in Janesville, WI close to the beloved Indian Trails Boy Scouts Camp of his youth. Wayne will be dearly missed by the many people that he touched throughout his life. Wayne was born on January 4, 1933 in Edgerton, WI, to Henry and Edna Biessman. He graduated from Edgerton High School, and attended the University of Wisconsin, as well as several trade schools. Early in his career, Wayne joined the Parker Hannifin Corporation. During his time with the company, Wayne lived in many States - from Illinois, New York, Colorado, Georgia, Texas, and finally landing in New Port Beach, California. After leaving the Parker Hannifin Corporation, Wayne attended the Engineering Trade School. Combining his amazing imagination and his newly learned skills, Wayne focused on being an entrepreneur and developing new ideas to help people across the globe.

Wayne had a passion for people and bringing them together. This began at a young age, with his dedication and service with the Boy Scouts, grew through his United States military service in the late 50s, and continued through his adult life as the founder and president of Jazz4Us, Inc. Through Jazz4us, Inc., Wayne promoted countless jazz concerts over the past decade and continually gave young, up-and-coming musicians the opportunity to showcase their talents, along with some of the great jazz musicians from across the country. Whatever Wayne was working on, you would always find him with a twinkle in his eye and a booming laugh on his lips.

Wayne was preceded in death by his parents, Henry and Edna Biessman; and his siblings: Lois Biessman Kausal, Leah Biessman Day, and Bruce Henry Biessman. He is survived by his nieces, Bonnie Kausal Deutsch and Patricia Kausal Kennedy; and his nephews, Jeffrey Bruce Biessman and Eric Christopher Biessman; as well as his sister-in-law, Janet Biessman. Wayne was a great uncle to Dan Kennedy, Christopher Deutsch, Kelly Saurer, Nik Biessman, Gretchen Biessman, Jack Biessman, Natalie Biessman, and Lily Biessman; as well as a great-great uncle to eight very active children. A few years ago, Wayne reconnected with a long-lost cousin, Allyn Talg, who was able to help Wayne better understand his lost family, and deal with the battle of his heart disease. Wayne's closest friend was Bob Berglund, who has been his confidant and friend for over 60 years.

Wayne was the rare type of person that left an indelible mark on the people he connected with. The world is a poorer place with his passing.

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