Robert “Bob” Wade, 76, of Johnson Lake, Nebraska, died Saturday, December 8th, 2012, at the Bryan LGH Medical Center East.
Bob was born September 5th, 1936, east of Elwood, Nebraska, to Lowell E. and Alice L. (Fong) Wade. He graduated from Lexington High School with the class of 1954. Bob later attend the University of Nebraska at Lincoln before joining the Army National Guard. It was at boot camp that Bob met his eventual wife, Catherine Clough.
On December 7th, 1958, Bob married Catherine at Versailles, Kentucky. The couple made their home in the Elwood area where Bob farmed with his father for several years. Bob’s life was blessed with three children, Sonia, Greg and Todd. In 1969, the family moved to California where Bob worked in trucking. A few years later they moved to Waverly, Nebraska, where he worked at Good Year and Yellow Freight. In 1974, Bob moved to Lexington, Nebraska, where he resumed farming. He also did some real estate development, but farming always remained his passion. On March 3rd, 1984, Bob married Barbara Morris. The couple resided on the farm near Johnson Lake before eventually moving to a home at Lakeview Acres. Following Barb’s passing in 2008, Bob returned to the farm, where he lived and worked until his health would no longer allow.
Bob was a longtime member of the First Christian Church in Elwood.He had also been involved in the Lions Club in earlier years.
Among Bob’s many enjoyments were farming, working with cattle, traveling and Husker football.
Survivors include his daughter, Sonia (Randy) Howard of Gothenburg; 2 sons, Greg Wade of Elm Creek, Todd Wade of Lincoln; 2 step sons, Tim (Allison) Wamsley of Salt Lake City, UT, Scott (Debra) Wamsley of AL; step daughter, Sheri (Rick) Ballhorst of Grand Island; sister- Marilyn (Myron) Dawson of Elwood; 4 grandchildren, Monte (Amy) Brummet, Tasha Brummet, Sam Brummet, Rachel Howard; 2 great grandchildren, Brenna Brummet, Tripp Brummet ; 5 step grandchildren; 7 step great grandchildren; his significant other, Carol Stalker of Kearney; and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Bob was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Lowell Dennis Wade; and a nephew, Lowell Chad Wade.
Services were held on Wednesday, December 12th, 2012, at 1 p.m. at the First Christian Church in Elwood with Reverend Chuck Olsen officiating. Burial was in the Elwood Cemetery.
Berryman Funeral Home in Cozad is in charge of arrangements.