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Wayne Russell Cattanach, age 67, passed away Thursday morning, October 10, 2019 at him home with his loving wife and children at his side, under the care Spectrum Health Hospice.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother, Warren Cattanach. Surviving are his devoted wife, Patricia Willey Cattanach; son, Matthew & Tansy Cattanach; daughter, Lyndi & John Keizer; and step daughter Lea & Angelina DeForte. Wayne was born in Sparta on January 20, 1952 and lived his life on his family’s centennial farm in Casnovia, where he also hand built his post and beam home.

Wayne’s true passion was his love of sailing his 24′ O’Day and fly fishing. Wayne was the author of the book “Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods”, introducing many new rod makers to the art and construction of bamboo fly rods. He was a highly regarded teacher, contributor, innovator, and promoter in the craft. As one of the first organizers of the Eastern and Grayling Rod makers gatherings, Wayne left his imprint on everyone he met. He was a loving husband, father, and friend who will be dearly missed.

Contributions may be directed to Wayne’s family to help with his final expenses. Envelopes will be provided at the church.

Visitation with family will be held from 3 – 4 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019 at Unity of Muskegon, 2052 Bourdon Street, Muskegon, 49441, with a service starting at 4 pm., a potluck will follow.

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Cremation Arrangements are entrusted to Michigan Cremation and Funeral Care, Grand Rapids.


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  1. Janetta Bailey on October 18, 2019 at 12:12 pm

    Wayne never did anything half way. He lived his life with passion and purpose. If there was an interest he persued it until he was proficient. As a man he was one who could see all the way to your soul, instictively knew your inner pain. Then did his best to ease it. He was a dreamer unafraid to pursue his dreams. He was the best of the best, he will live on as an mentor to us all for as long as we live. Sympathy to all who will so miss him. Janetta

  2. Jim Lutz on January 15, 2020 at 9:19 am

    In the mid 1990’s I attended one of Wayne’s week long bamboo rod making classes at an artisan school in Arkansas. He was an effective and patient instructor skilled at his craft which he loved dearly, and he had a wonderful sense of humor. Not only did I complete the building of a bamboo rod that week, but I had the pleasure of fly fishing with him several evenings and sharing dinners with him as well during that week. Although we didn’t have opportunities to spend much time together since that week, we did run across each other at a few fly fishing shows in subsequent years. I am blessed to have known him.

  3. JOHN W. JAACKS II on February 21, 2020 at 6:11 pm

    I was a student of Wayne’s Rod Building Courses. He was a very generous man. He will be truly missed!!
    My condolences to his family.

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