Wayne Thomas Hancock age 72 and Janice Kathleen Kubina Hancock age 76 both of Amarillo were taken very unexpectedly to Heaven on June 5, 2022.
A visitation will be from 5-6:30 p.m., Monday, June 13, 2022 at Hillside Christian Church West Campus, 6100 Soncy. A memorial service will be at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, June 14, 2022 at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church, 4100 Coulter. Inurnment will follow in Llano Cemetery. The service will be live streamed through St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church. www.amarillo.church click on “live stream.” Arrangements are by Schooler Funeral Home.
Wayne was born to Horace Henry and Frances Verna Bellamy Hancock, a military family, on June 3, 1950 in Jacksonville, Florida. He grew up in Norfolk, Virginia. After high school he attended Ohio State University where he competed in gymnastics and graduated in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering. Throughout his life he remained a diehard Buckeyes fan!! He worked for Owens Corning at various plants in Aiken, SC then Jackson, TN and helped open the plant here in Amarillo, TX in 1978. He had also worked at Owens Corning in Waxahachie, TX in the early 2000s. Most recently Wayne worked at Pantex for a few years before retiring in January of 2014.
Janice was born in Youngstown, Ohio on February 13, 1946 to Michael J. and Catherine Kirtos Kubina. Her father worked in the steel mills. The family lived in Campbell and Struthers, Ohio while Janice grew up. After high school Janice attended Youngstown State University.
The couple met in Columbus, Ohio where they had the same group of college friends and lived in the same apartment complex. Wayne and Janice were friends at first, as she thought he was a book worm. Eventually, they fell in love and were married in 1973. Their twin boys, Shaun and Scott were born in 1977 in Jackson, Tennessee and Todd followed in 1980 after the family had moved to Amarillo. Janice spent years working various jobs while devoting her time to raising three rambunctious boys. She could always find peace tending her garden and taking care of any creature she may find there. Wayne enjoyed spending time with the boys on the various projects they would dream up. Throughout their lives they went to millions of sporting events for their three kids and again for their five grandkids. They hardly ever missed any games. Their grandkids were their pride and joy. Family was very important to them and that extended to their dog Maverick and their “grand-dogs” as well. Now when push came to shove, Janice had zero problem speaking her mind, Wayne as well. But like any good wife, she would get on to him and let him know when he messed up. And like any good husband, most of the time he would respond “yes boss”. He knew when and where not to pick his fights. Whatever they did, they did something right as they would spend forty nine years together and were the anchor of their amazing family.
Wayne and Janice were founding members of St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church and remained devoted members throughout their lives. They were known for their generosity and they devoted their time, energy and money to various charities. The couple were welcoming hosts and served anyone that visited their home as treasured guests. Wayne and Janice left an impression on everyone they met and touched the lives of many that were fortunate to get to know them. The world has lost a tremendous couple and has been forever changed.
Wayne is preceded in death by his father Horace Henry Hancock; his mother Francis Verna Smith; a brother Jim Hancock; and a sister Sharon Church. He is survived by his step-father Roy Smith and his wife Pam of Kitty Hawk, NC; his sister Pat McDaniel and husband Bill of Jefferson, Georgia, his brother Clay Smith and wife Roz of Kill Devil Hills, NC; and many nieces and nephews.
Janice is preceded in death by her father Michael J. Kubina and mother Katherine Kubina. She is survived by her brother Ken Kubina and wife Pat of Struthers, Ohio; and many nieces and nephews.
Wayne and Janice are survived by their three children, Shaun Hancock and his wife Bonnie, Scott Hancock and his wife Abbey and Todd Hancock and his wife Heather all of Amarillo; their precious grand kids, Caden, Bailey, Hope, Bryce and Chloe; and many other loving family members and friends.
The family suggests memorials be made to any of the following organizations in honor of Wayne & Janice:
Meals on Wheels- 219 SW 7th Ave, Amarillo, TX 79101
The Humane Society of the United States- 1255 23rd St. NW Ste 450, Washington, DC 20037
Amarillo ASPCA- 11901 S. Coulter St., Amarillo, TX 79119
Marine Corps Association Foundation- 715 Broadway St., Quantico, VA 22134