STERLING – Edwin M. “Ed” Wade, 86, of Sterling, died Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at Regency Care of Sterling, after a short illness.
Ed was born Aug. 25, 1931, in Sterling, the son of Loren A. and Ada (Jennings) Wade. He married Lois Foulds on Oct. 28, 1951, in Sterling. Ed attended Stone School on Freeport Road, Sterling High School, Hesston College and Bible School, Goshen College, and School of Advanced Transportation. He retired from R.B. & W. as traffic manager and was a Realtor for 10 years. He was a past member of Whiteside County Board of Realtors and a past board member of Self Help Enterprises. He sang in the church choir, the Barbershop Chorus, the Buccaneer – Barbershop Quartet, and the Contentment’s Gospel Duet with Diana Kophamer, and at many funerals and weddings. He was a member of Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and Rock River Transportation Organization. He was in church choir and bell choir, and was a soloist and song leader. He was an elder at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, a past Sunday school teacher, youth leader, and trustee, and assisted in doing many other things at church. He liked to play keyboard, restore old cars, “fix things,” and collect coins. He was a volunteer for Christ Lutheran School, CLS Thrift Shop, and Messiah Church. Ed enjoyed spending time with his family, and vacationing at Big Maiden Lake in Wisconsin.
“My desire was to lift hearts of God’s people and all people in a time of darkness, in their lives, to see the comfort and reassurance of the hope we have in our Savior Jesus Christ. I have tried to do this in Gospel singing.”
Survivors include his wife, Lois of Sterling; two daughters, Kathryn DuFour and Patricia (Tim) Mayer, both of Sheboygan, Wisconsin; one son, Edwin (Debbie) M. Wade II of Sterling; one brother, Wayne (Judith) Wade of Pompano Beach, Florida; six grandchildren, Emily (Jacob) Vanderheyden of St. Paul, Minnesota, Taylor (Bryan) Schmaling of Chicago, C.J. (Kara) Wade of Sterling, Betony (Jake) Kilberg of Rock Falls, and Amanda Mayer and Dylan Mayer of Sheboygan; and two great-grandchildren, Quentin Wade and Loey Vanderheyden.
He was preceded in death by one son-in-law, Tim DuFour; and two brothers, Cecil Wade and Lester Wade.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Schilling Funeral Home and Cremation in Sterling. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sterling, with Pastor Kirk Neugebauer officiating. Burial will be at Oak Knoll Memorial Park in Sterling.
A memorial has been established to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church and Christ Lutheran School.
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