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Wayne R. Banta

September 10, 1954 February 27, 2016
Wayne R. Banta
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Wayne R. Banta, long time resident of Oak Park has passed away leaving a lifetime of memories and community service to its residents. Wayne began his career with the Oak Park Police Department in 1977. He was a detective for the department and also worked as a Financial Crimes Investigator. He was again promoted to the positions of Patrol Sergeant and Detective Sergeant. Wayne retired as a Commander after thirty years of dedicated service to our township. He graduated with honors from DePaul University, Chicago, and was first in class during his initial police training. He received the Ervin H. Warren Award for Excellence as a recruit police officer, and continued to receive numerous department citations and letters of appreciation throughout his career. He will be very fondly remembered by his loved ones, friends and fellow officers. He is survived by his loving wife Valerie nee Canavan, his beloved sister Laverne (Andriolo), cherished nephews Michael and Joel, and many other adoring nieces and nephews. He has been preceded in death by his parents the late Irene and Wayne Banta, and his first wife the late Patricia Banta (nee Quirk). Visitation will be held Friday 3-9 Drechsler, Brown, & Williams, 203 S. Marion Street, Oak Park, Illinois. Interment private. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund: or Hadley Institute for the Blind:

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3:00 PM 3/4/2016 3:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 3/4/2016 9:00:00 PM
Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home

203 South Marion Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Drechsler Brown & Williams Funeral Home
203 South Marion Street Oak Park 60302 IL
United States

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Hadley Institute for the Blind

700 Elm Street
Winnetka, IL 60093

National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund

901 E Street NW, Suite 100
Washington, DC 20004-2025

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