Obituary: Gary L. Wade Sr., 70, of Hannibal

Gary L. Wade Sr.
Posted: May. 22, 2019 6:25 pm

Gary L. Wade Sr., 70, of Hannibal, passed away at 6:12 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at Hannibal Regional Hospital in Hannibal.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2019 at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home in Hannibal. Brother Michael Miller, Brother Robert Axton and Brother Darryl Herren will officiate.

Burial with full Military Rites by Emmette J. Shields American Legion Post # 55 will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.

Friends and family are invited to Gary’s Life Celebration at a visitation that will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at the James O'Donnell Funeral Home.

Gary was born Aug. 7, 1948, in Hannibal, to Francis "Frank" E. and Helen Mae Fessenden Wade.

He was married to Debbie Orr on July 23, 1987 in Hannibal. She survives.

Other survivors include five children, Gary L. Wade Jr. of Columbia, Sherri Ann Hamilton (Del) of Hahira, Ga., Michael J. Wade of Lawrence, Kan., Stephenie Loughridge (Brian) of Willow Springs, Joseph Michael Bentley (Missy) of Hannibal; two brothers, Sonny "Chuck" Wade (Nancy) of Hannibal, and Robert "Bobby" L. Wade (Linda) of Houston, Texas; one sister, Lois A. Albert (Calvin "Sonny") of St. Louis; and one sister-in-law, Lois Wade. He is also survived by 12 grandchildren, 10 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Wilson Wade; niece, Tonya Wade Jackson; and one nephew, Kevin Wade.

Gary served his country proudly in the United States Army and later served in the Army National Guard.

Professionally, Gary was a mechanic. Often known as the "problem solver" for his mechanical talents, Gary previously worked at Vance’s Garage and operated his own business, Wade’s Garage.

Away from work, Gary loved to spend time with his family. He was a wonderful cook and made the best baked beans. Gary also enjoyed watching St. Louis Cardinals Baseball. Mushroom hunting, gardening and watching old westerns were all times that Gary took pleasure in. Trips to Tennessee and to Branson were favorites for Gary along with the music of Elvis Presley and visiting flea markets. Gary also enjoyed the years he operated a snow cone truck in Hannibal that served many Hannibal neighborhoods. Most of all, Gary will be remembered as a loving and caring man that was always willing to lend a helping hand.

Gary was a member of the Gospel Lighthouse Church.

Memorial contributions may be made to Gospel Lighthouse Church.

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