MADISON, Ohio - Wade A. Stroup, 89, of Madison, rejoined his beloved wife Margie, peacefully passing away at home Saturday (Aug. 24, 2013) with his family in attendance.
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Born on Sept. 30, 1923, in Barnes, Pa., the oldest of eight boys and four girls born to Daniel and Vesta Queen Stroup, his family moved to the village of Westline, Pa., so that his father could work in the factory and nearby oil fields.
Wade started his education in a two-room schoolhouse. An excellent student, he graduated with honors from Mount Jewett High School in June of 1941. After graduation, he moved to Baltimore, Md., to work in the shipyards. As the war heated up, he joined the Merchant Marines, working on the famous Liberty Ships. He met Margaret Graham, the love of his life, through mutual friends, and they were married in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Sept. 16, 1944. He later graduated from the Maritime Academy in New London, Conn., with his officer's commission and engineering license.
After the war, Wade and Margaret moved to Westline and formed a logging company. Their family grew to include four children. The young family moved to Madison, and Wade started work in the powerhouse of IRC Fibers in Painesville, eventually rising to chief engineer. For many years, he was an instructor at an area trade school, sat on the state certifying board for power engineers, and was president of the local power engineer's union.
Wade Stroup was a true "gentleman," husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.
He is survived by daughters, Cheryl Stroup, Carol (Paul) Hoover and Patricia (Jeff) Gifford, and son, Wade Jr.; eight grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; two sisters, Thursie Rigard of Rustburg, Va., and Shirley Whiteman of Rixford, Pa.; and two brothers, Marvin Stroup of Mount Jewett and Daniel Stroup of Warren.
The family will be receiving friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. today at the Behm Funeral Home, 26 River St., Madison, Ohio. A Mass of Christian Burial will be said at 11 a.m. Thursday at Immaculate Conception Church in Madison with the Rev. Sean Donnelly officiating. Interment in North Madison Cemetery will follow the services. Contributions can be made in Mr. Stroup's name to the Madison Food Center, 1954 Hubbard Road, Madison OH 44057.
Behm Family Funeral Home & Crematory
26 River Street
Madison, OH 44057
Published in The Bradford Era from Aug. 28 to Sept. 4, 2013