of Mountain Home, AR
July 29, 1918 - July 30, 2022
Mr. Wayne Neyens, 104, of Mountain Home, Arkansas passed away Saturday, July 30, 2022 in Mountain Home. He was born July 29, 1918 in Mason City, Iowa to Nicholas and Agnes (Hynes) Neyens. He married Muriel Goss on August 29, 1946. Wayne was a World War II Army Air Corp. veteran, a member of the St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, a volunteer driver for Kindness, Inc. in Mountain Home, a former treasurer for the Bull Shoals Chamber of Commerce and a member of the American Legion. He enjoyed clockmaking, basement remodeling, water skiing and stained glass, but he is best known for his work with pinball machines. He was famous in the pinball world for his designs, abilities with the machines and general knowledge. People came from everywhere to visit with this pinball wizard. Wayne is survived by 1 son, Andrew Wayne Neyens; 2 daughters, Patricia Neyens Cornish (Steve) and Phyllis Elizabeth Neyens; 5 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his wife, parents, sister, Erin Buban and brother, Nicholas. A visitation will be held between 1-2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at Roller Funeral Home with services to follow. Interment will be at Baxter Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to either Hospice of the Ozarks, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church Mountain Home, or Kindness, Inc. Arrangements are under the care of Roller Funeral Home.
So sad to hear of Wayne's passing. I surely will miss him and our phone conversations. Such a wonderful man - I could listen to him for hours. I'm so glad there are plenty of Youtube videos to watch and hear his voice again. Wayne lived a long and colorful life - one that I didn't learn of until his 100th birthday. Even though I'm related - it took ancestry research to connect and bring us together. Goodbye to my distant relative... but like a grandson to grandfather, I'll miss you Wayne.My condolences to Andrew, Patricia and Phyllis... RIP Wayne!
Uncle Wayne,You will be missed. We are sending our condolences to your family and friends. I have such fond memories of seeing uncle Wayne when he would come visit my grandmother, Erin. They would bring their poodle and couldn’t of been kinder. I remember so many laughs. It was great he could come up to my wedding. And I’m so glad you can be in heaven with grandma. All our love, the Dougherty‘s (Jeremy, Jen, Dean and Maggie)
My deepest condolences during this time. Uncle Wayne was an amazing man- I know he’s up in heaven playing pinball with my Grandma Erin ❤️RIP😇
Our deepest condolences 💐 We love you You will be missed
Good night Wayne,Nothing but the best,Game over, but not really, come back and try again!You brought smiles and joy to everyone, worldwide!Many more than you could have ever realized.You were who I wish we all were, a wonderful person.Spirit of 76
Our sincere condolences to Andy, Patty and Betty. Uncle Wayne you were a great husband , father and pinball master. I will remember as a child playing the games in your basement!Plus your home made ice on Fourth of July! Plus Halloween parties, so many great memories!Give my mom a hug for me! Love, Kathy and John
I had the privilege of knowing Wayne during my time at D. Gottlieb. Even after he retired and moved to Mountain Home, he stayed in touch with my boss Judd. Weinberg. I always enjoyed speaking with him. A gentleman through and through. May his memory be for a blessing.
Wayne will be greatly missed ! I spent wonderful years being a housekeeper, friend , and companion to him. God Bless his family and life he is loved so very much!
I had the pleasure of working with Wayne when he volunteered at Kindness, Inc. What a wonderful man and gentleman! He was down to earth and was extremely generous with his time and talents.My condolences to his family, he was one of a kind and will be missed.
Wayne, You gave millions of pinheads, an eternity of fun.See ya on the other side,Vid
Condolences to his family. Wayne will be missed but his pinball machines will live-on and give people joy for years to come. Rest in Peace Wayne.
Saddened by the loss of such a wonderful person but heartened by the joy he had and gave to others.
The finest gentleman I ever met. I will miss him and his wonderful stories, great sense of humor and generous hospitality. It was an honor to know him.
Wayne was an amazing person and has left an incredible legacy. Kind and generous, I've never met another person like Wayne. Thank you Wayne, for all the fun and the great memories.
Thanks for sharing your talents of manipulating the silver ball. A skilled craftsman of his trade. You were one of the nicest chaps one could ever meet. You will be missed! Tossing prayers your way!
Thanks for everything you did for pinball!
Thanks so much Mister NeyensFor all the great things you have done for pinball games industry.Rest in peace and my deepest sympathie to all your family
Thank you for all the wonderful games!
Mr a when’s, While I never met, or talked to you, your professional life is nothing short of amazing! Just wanted to express my appreciation for all of your amazing work at Gottlieb!Rest In Peace sir
This is Truly sad news. Thankyou Wayne for helping with with the Pinball Compendium Series treasure all the times we met also treasure visiting the old D Gottlieb Plants you thought we would never be able to enter. Rest in Peace, my Friend. My condolences to your family.
Wonderful to have been lucky enough to have met you a few times in my life! You will be missed, Best Wishes to your Family in these times.
My sincere condolences to a of Wayne's family and friends.I never got to meet him in person but did haveca chat with him on the phone in October last year.May he rest in peace
Amazing wonderful contributions to all things pinball. Touched so many without knowing all those he touched. Rest in peace.
I didn't know Mr. Neyens but his impact on my my life is grand. Pinball is a great piece of entertainment and community building. This man is the last of a great cohort. God speed Wayne!
I've known Wayne though the hobby of pinball for many years. He was a nice man and always was nice to me. He was always happy and willing to talk about pinball with everybody. He will be missed.Condolences to his daughters Pat and Phyllis (Betty).
My heartfelt sympathies to his family, and to all who knew and loved him. I regret that I never got the chance to meet him in person.He was a living legend to me, and to thousands of others who enjoy the marvelous pinball machines he created while working for D.Gottlieb & Company. He was blessed with a long and wonderful life, but nonetheless we are greatly saddened by his passing.Thank you, Mr. Neyens for leaving us such a wonderful legacy through your pinball creations, but more importantly, for being such a respectable and dignified human being. May you join your loved ones who have gone before, in God's eternal kingdom.
Rest in Peace, Mr. Neyens for a life well lived. A life that connected to countless others through your life's work. Your legacy will live on as long as people continue to enjoy this wonderful pastime. The conversations I had with you are treasured moments that I will remember forever.
Wayne was one of the nicest guys I ever knew.
Glad Wayne made it to 104, but sorry he could not make it to 105.I will think of Wayne often whenever I play my Gottlieb Cover Girl pinball machine.
Thanks for all the memories. You will not be forgotten.