Wayne Cheramy, former middle school prinicpal, dies at 85


Wayne Leo Cheramy, former principal at Bettendorf Middle School and namesake of the Wayne Cheramy Award has died at 85.

The following is the obituary of Cheramy via McGinnis-Chambers Funeral Home:

"Funeral Services & Mass of Christian Burial for Wayne Leo Cheramy, of Bettendorf, Iowa, will be held on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 10:30 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 4097 18th Street, Bettendorf. Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday at McGinnis- Chambers Funeral Home, 644 River Drive, Bettendorf. An additional visitation will be held one hour prior to the Mass on Friday at the church. Immediately following the mass there will be a Celebration of Life luncheon at the Hilton Garden Inn, 959 Middle Road, Bettendorf. Wayne will be interred in a private ceremony for family at the Rock Island National Cemetery at the Rock Island National Cemetery, Rock Island, Illinois. In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the family which will be distributed to various charities in Wayne’s memory.Mr. Cheramy passed away on Monday, June 5, 2017 at the Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House in Bettendorf.Wayne was born to Leo and Joan P. (Enright) Cheramy on February 13, 1932 in Clinton, Iowa. He graduated from Clinton High School in 1951. While in high school, Wayne was an accomplished athlete, excelling in both wrestling and football. After high school, he went on to play football at Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois on a full ride football scholarship. Wayne graduated from Bradley in 1955 with a degree in Industrial Arts. After graduation, he entered the U.S. Army where he was on the Army Football and Wrestling Teams. Wayne served in the U.S. Army from 1955 to 1957.Wayne married his best friend and love of his life Rita Laurent on June 20, 1959 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Clinton. They were blessed with four wonderful children; Jeffrey (Anne) Cheramy of LeClaire, Iowa, Lisa Zerbonia of LeClaire, Maureen (Chris) Snyder of Ames, Iowa, and Michael Cheramy of Bettendorf.Wayne earned a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from Truman State University, and a Specialist Degree from Western Illinois University. In 1958 Wayne began what became a long and successful career in education. His first position was teaching Physical Education and serving as the Athletic Director in Clear Lake, Iowa. After