Wayne A. Lawton

July 2, 1940-Sept. 7, 2020

Wayne A. Lawton, 80,

Minot, formerly of Stan-

ley, died Monday, Sep-

tember 7, 2020 in a Minot

Nursing Home.

Wayne was born July 2,

1940, the son of Barclay

“Bert” and Anne (Gorham)

Lawton at Welland, On-

tario, Canada. He was

raised in Welland until he

moved with his parents to

London, Ontario and at-

tended St. Michael’s

Catholic School. His fami-

ly moved to Los Angeles,

CA in 1953, where they

lived for a short time until

settling in Salem, Oregon.

He attended the Catholic

grade School, Sera High

School and graduated

from North Salem High

School in 1958.

Wayne became a natur-

alized citizen of the Unit-

ed States in a ceremony

with his parents on June

15, 1959. He attended San

Mateo College in Califor-

nia for 2 years and then

worked for financial com-

panies and auto parts

businesses in that area.

Wayne was united in mar-

riage to LaDonna on

February 21, 1964 at St.

Dunstan’s Catholic

Church in Millbrae, Cali-

fornia. Their daughter,

Teresa was born in 1964.

The family moved to

North Dakota in 1978,

where he was employed

with auto parts companies

in Minot and Stanley.

They lived in Stanley

from 1982 until 2017

where he owned and

operated Alley Auto, a

small engine repair and

car wash business for a

number of years. They

moved to Minot in 2017

due to health concerns.

Wayne enjoyed hunt-

ing, fishing and gardening

along with telling a good


His loving family in-

cludes: wife of 56 years,

LaDonna Lawton, Minot;

daughter, Teresa “Teri”

(Richard) Kjellberg, Bert-

hold, ND; brothers in

law: Wally Lee of Palermo

& Glenn (Delores) Lee,

Blaisdell, ND; sister in

law, Brenetta Lee, Blais-

dell, ND; a number of

aunts, uncles and cousins.

Private Family Service:

Due to the current COVID

restrictions, a Private fam-

ily service will take place

on Monday, September

14, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in

Thomas Family Funeral

Home, Minot.

Interment: St. Olaf

Cemetery, rural Tagus,


Visitation: At the re-

quest of family there will

not be a viewing, however

friends may sign a

memorial register book on

Sunday from 1:00-3:00

pm in Thomas Family

Funeral Home, Minot.

Those wishing to sign

the online memorial regis-

ter or share memories are

invited to use the expres-

sions of sympathy section

at (www.thomas