In Passing

Wayne Robert Onyx

Wayne Robert Onyx

Wayne Robert Onyx

Wayne Robert Onyx, 68, passed away peacefully in the arms of his wife Lisa on Friday, July 28, 2023, in Phoenix, Ariz., after a brief illness.

Wayne was born on Jan. 3, 1955, to Robert and Annette (Bray) Onyx in Darby, Penn. After Wayne graduated from Lenape High School in 1972, he went on to study engineering at Rutgers University. After graduating with a degree in engineering, Wayne started his first job with Factory Mutual as a Property Loss Control Engineer, kickstarting a 48-year career in the HPR Engineering field. In 2020, after a 20-year career with Arthur J. Gallagher, Wayne retired as an Area Senior Vice President and HPR Engineering Consultant.

In 1996, Wayne met Lisa Zeppelin in the elevator at Arkwright Mutual Insurance Company, on the first day of her employment at the company. Wayne and Lisa were married in 2000. Wayne and Lisa had a wonderful 23 years of marriage with wonderful trips, golf, and time with family and friends.

Wayne was predeceased by his father Robert Onyx, stepfather Jack Greisiger, and father-in-law Edward Zeppelin. Wayne is survived and missed by his loving wife Lisa Onyx of 23 years, his daughter Caroline (Carrie) Onyx, his mother Annette (Toni) Onyx and mother-in-law Irene Zeppelin, his brother Lee Onyx (Karen), sister-in-law Karen Westerhaus (Steve), and stepsisters Jan Turner (Tom) and Jeanne McMurdy. His memory lives on with his nieces and nephews: Ryan Onyx (YuanKai), Caitlyn Weber (Rob), Amber Palm (Dan), and Michael Westerhaus (Kenzie).

Wayne’s canine companions were dear to him. Denali has stayed behind with Lisa, but Abby is on a long walk with him now.

Wayne’s first love has always been the game of golf. During high school and college, he worked at Ramblewood Country Club in Mt. Laurel, N.J. Wayne waited until he was 54 years old to get his first hole-in-one at Fairwinds Golf Course in Florida. After that, they came in rapid succession for a total of seven hole-in-ones. Wayne became very involved in his neighborhood golf community, SunBird Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz. Wayne was a Director on the SunBird Golf Board, headed up the greens committee, set up tournaments for the Men’s Club and Couples League, and volunteered his time wherever it was needed. Wayne loved all his friends at SunBird Golf Club, and was at his happiest playing golf with them every day of the week.

In memory of Wayne, the SunBird Golf Club is planning a Memorial Golf Tournament on Nov. 18, 2023. Friends and family are encouraged to participate. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to SunBird Golf Club (6240 S. SunBird Blvd., Chandler, AZ 85249), an organization Wayne felt strongly about.

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