|Birth: ||Jun. 15, 1918|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2009|
Richard Dixon Wade passed away at his home on the evening of June 20, 2009 of natural causes. He was 91 years and 5 days old. He will be remembered as a man that led a long life, made extraordinary by his marriage of over 60 years to his wife, Marion. They met in school in Enid and raised 5 children together as they traveled the world as a military family. Richard was known most recently by his friends in Midwest City and extended family at the Tinker Chapel and Hospice Quality Care as a man with an insatiable hunger for bringing a smile to the faces of everyone around him. Known for his comic mastery and social nature, Richard had an uncanny ability to bring strangers' guards down and help those around him enjoy things like a simple joke again and again. Richard was born in Lockridge, Oklahoma, on June 15, 1918. He was a wrestler and class president at Enid High School, where he graduated in 1936 to attend business school; however, his life changed while on a weekend trip with his friends in 1941. Upon hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor, Richard rushed back to Enid and enlisted in the Army Air Corps. Soon after, a friend convinced him to join the newly created Glider Pilot program, during which time he married Marion Buckley in Lubbock, Texas. His service as a World War II Glider pilot culminated in the Invasion of Southern France in 1944, where Richard flew troops and supplies into German-occupied territory, returning with captured prisoners and receiving the Purple Heart awarded for injuries sustained during the operation. After the War ended, Richard continued his military career as a Post Exchange Officer, traveling throughout the world, working to bring useful products to deployed service men and women and their families. Upon retirement as a Lieutenant Colonel, he started a second career in the sales division of the Warner-Lambert Company. Richard traveled a great deal, fulfilling his responsibility for sales coordination throughout the Plains and Midwest, after which he again retired. He received many awards for excellence for his performance. His working days behind him, Richard spent the reminder of his life visiting family and dedicating his time and resources to various Christian charities, the Tinker AFB hospital and the Tinker Chapel, of which he and Marion were members for over 30 years. This service culminated in the final decade of his wife's life, as she fought Alzheimer's disease, and he dedicated every moment to her care, regularly dining with her at some of the best eating establishments in Midwest City. She passed away in 2005, and Richard spent his final four years celebrating her life in the home they shared together for so many years. Richard is survived by his sister, Virginia Swartz (a.k.a Gwen) and husband Pat; his children: Dot Wade, Dick Wade and wife Suzanne, Dan Wade and wife Kathy, Denise Wade, and Debbie Wade; grandchildren: Shelby McMurrey and husband Bryan, Kelly Wade, Raymond Wade and wife Janie, Dawn Ryden and husband Kevin, Dylan Wade, Alison Wade, Matthew Reece and wife Miranda, Samantha Reece; and great-grandchildren: Blakley McMurrey, Griffin Wade, Evan Wade, Skylar and Maddie and Mackenzie Stewart. Services will be held at the Eisenhour Funeral Home, 5005 SE 29th Street in Del City, Oklahoma, on June 24th at 2 p.m., with interment at Arlington Memory Gardens. The family requests that donations be made to the Quality Care Hospice, 921 Sooner Road, Del City, Oklahoma 73110, in lieu of flowers.
Published in The Oklahoman on 6/23/2009
Estella Marion Buckley Wade (1918 - 2005)*
Arlington Memory Gardens
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Record added: Jun 23, 2009
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