Duane A. Wade, age 66, of Waterford, died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 9, 2013. Born in Corry on August 21, 1946, he was one of eight children of the late Phillip and Neva Brown Wade. Duane grew up in Columbus, Pa., attended Corry schools, and after graduating, served in the United States Army from 1964-68 during the Vietnam Era. He was employed by American Sterilizer and retired after 28 years. In his retirement, he drove school bus for Fort LeBoeuf School District and was very well-loved by the students. One of Duane's passions was Fort LeBoeuf Athletics, and he would always be seen at any Bison sporting event. Duane also enjoyed bowling, golfing, and simply being outdoors with his dogs. He was a member of the American Legion Post 285 in Waterford. Surviving family includes a son, Todd A. Wade and his fiancee, Lisa Thompson, of Kernersville, N.C.; his longtime companion, Denise Seymour; son, David Bartlett and wife Tish of Waterford; son, James Wade and wife Mechille of Junction City, Kansas; seven grandchildren-- Karen, Michelle, Kameron, Wade, Korin, Garrett, and Kendall; four brothers and three sisters-- Harold Wade, Karen Bagley (Jim), Keith Wade (Sherry), Gary Wade (Bobbie), Phyllis Minnick, Barb Wilshire (Mike), and Carlisle Wade; also, many nieces, nephews, and cousins. Friends may call at the Van Matre Funeral Home, 105 Walnut Street, Waterford on Wednesday from 2-4 and 6-9 p.m. and may attend the funeral service there on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made to the Autism Society of Northwest PA or the Fort LeBoeuf Wrestling Program. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.vanmatrefuneralhome.com.
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Van Matre Funeral Home - Waterford
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Waterford, PA 16441
Published in the Erie Times-News on Feb. 11, 2013