Wayne was born in Plainfield, New Jersey in 1955 and moved to Huron, Ohio in 1964. He graduated from Huron High School in 1973, attended Firelands Campus, Bowling Green State University for a year and moved to Miami, Florida. Wayne graduated from Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, FL in 1975, and Wayne continued his education at Florida International University. After working in the funeral profession for several years in Miami, he worked as an instructor for the Funeral Service Education Department of Miami-Dade Community College, Miami, for five years where he taught embalming, anatomy, and cosmetology. He left Florida in 1983 moving to Columbus, Ohio, where he worked as a sales representative for a funeral service supply company, traveling the state of Ohio. In 1985, he moved back to Huron and purchased the Wheland Funeral Home, which he and his wife have operated since that time, serving the Huron Community.
He is a member of Marks Masonic Lodge #359, Huron; Ancient accepted Scottish Rite, Valley of Toledo; Firelands Scottish Rite Association; Firelands Shrine Club; Ohio Embalmers Association; Ohio Funeral Directors Association; National Funeral Directors Association; past president of Firelands Funeral Directors Association; past president of Huron Lions Club; Board Member of The Huron Chamber of Commerce; member of United Methodist Church, Huron, and served as trustee of the church for over 15 years; was active in the Huron Baseball Program for many years. Wayne was an assistant Jr. High and High School track coach for the pole vault event for 10 years; was a Jr. High Football, assistant coach, from 1998 to 2005, for the Huron Football Program. Wayne is a retired basketball official and was a member of the Bay Area Officials Association and served as President.
He enjoys sports and working with computers, and is a private pilot. He has been married since 1977 and has two sons.