Richard Allen Wade
White Funeral Home & Cremation Services
921 W 45Th Ave
Griffith, IN
Richard Allen Wade, of Hammond, IN passed away during the early morning hours on July 23, 2016 at the age of 68. He is a graduate of Hammond High School, Class of 1966. He is survived by his father, Dallas Wade, late mother Mary, wife, Karen (Kwaitkowski) Wade; daughters: Stacy (Brian) Onofrio, Shelly Wade; grandchildren: William Onofrio, Rebecca Onofrio, and R.J. Reyes; brother, Robert (Shirley) Wade; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins that he loved dearly Rich was a lifelong resident of Hammond. He committed his life to serving others. Rich began his career serving our Country in the U.S. Navy. Upon his honorable discharge, Rich, continued his life of service by joining the City of Hammond Fire Department,serving as both an EMT and Fire Fighter. During his last nine years with the Hammond Fire Department, Rich served as a Battalion Chief for the Lake County Marine Unit and was proud to be one if it's original members. During his public career, he also remained actively involved in operating the family business with his best friends, father Dallas and brother Bob. He was a member since 1992 of the Indiana Harbor Yacht Club and currently held the position as Vice Commodore. When not serving others, Rich served his passion for life. He was a former stock car racer, avid boater, skier, snowmobiler, karaoke singer, Harley rider, and story teller. He was all around great, husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend. He will be dearly missed by his wife Karen of 32 years, daughters, grandchildren, father, brother and all who knew him. Rich's personality and zest for life, will leave a long lasting impression on those who knew him forever. He always gave 100% of himself to all. Friends may meet with the family to celebrate Rich's life on Thursday, July 28, 2016 at St. Mary Hildebrant Hall, located at 525 N. Lafayette Street, Griffith, IN, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Mass will be held at St. Mary Church, 525 North Broad St, Griffith, IN on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. A funeral service will follow at White Funeral Home, 921 W. 45th Ave, Griffith, IN for friends and family at 12:00 noon. Burial will follow at Chapel Lawn Memorial Gardens in Schererville. In lieu of flowers please donate in memory of Rich to the charity of your choice. For more information, please call us at White Funeral Home at 219-924-4100 or visit us at: www.whitefuneralhome

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To the Wade family
I was saddened to hear of Rich's untimely passing from Sterling.
My sincere condolences.
May God comfort you with His peace and strength, and the love of family and friends sustain you in this difficult time.
Sharon Urban
August 9, 2016
My sympathies to the entire family. Rest in Peace Rich.
Mike Narancich
August 3, 2016
In Memory of Rich Wade. This Candle is for a Very Special Cousin Who will Live in Our Hearts Forever! All our Love to Karen, Uncle Dal, Stacy, Shelly, Will, Becca, RJ. & Bob. Also to all the rest of our Big Loving Family.
We Will All Miss You & We All Love You Rich.
Sandy Crosby
July 31, 2016
Karen I am sorry for you and your family are thoughts will be with you. Sailboat TUNES and crew .( Artie the good twin)
Art Kleinfeldt
July 31, 2016
I am so saddened about Rich. You shared a great life and I cannot imagine your pain at this time. Just wanted you to know that you are on my mind. Cling to those memories you made and shared together. Love you, Stephanie Mayercik
July 30, 2016
My sincere condolences to the Wade family
On your tragic loss. Since 4th grade at
Lafayette school I've always considered Rich a friend. Our paths haven't crossed
Much since high school but the memories of
A kind person remain. May your happy memories comfort all of you. My sympathy
Beverly Wiman. (Papp)
July 30, 2016
I am so sorry to hear of your loss Karen. You and the family are in my thoughts and prayers. If there is anything I can do for you please call.
Ruth Bobak
July 29, 2016
So very, very sorry to learn of Rich's death. Heartfelt sympathy to Dal, Bob, and all grieving family. Just so sad.
Pamela Mitchell
July 29, 2016
We extend our deepest sympathy to the Wade family on their loss of Rich. We were classmates of Hammond High class of 1966 and later involved with his stock car racing with brother Bob and father Dal. Our prayers are with their family.
The Herb Volkman Family
July 29, 2016
My deepest sympathies. I met Bob while I served on the police department. He was a fine man and I'm saddened by the loss.
Brian Miller
July 29, 2016
Karen and Family;

I am so very sorry to hear about Rich. God bless you and all your family at this time. You're all in my prayers for peace in the knowledge that he lead an exemplary life and was an outstanding human being.
America (Amy) McAlpin
July 28, 2016
Dear Shelly, RJ, Karen & family:
Please accept our condolences on the passing of your beloved father, grandfather and husband. May your faith, family, friends and memories give you comfort and strength in the years to follow.
You know you were loved and will carry him in your heart until you meet again.
May God bless and keep you always.
In deepest sympathy,
Bob & Gayle Pahl
July 28, 2016
Just so sorry about Rich. Our best to Dal, Bob, and Karen
Jerry/Shirley Helton
July 28, 2016
Condolences to the Family
Great man, great neighbor,

Jose Galvan
July 28, 2016
Bob, Our deepest sympathies to you and your entire family. So saddened to hear about Rich. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time also the State Auto Body family too. May God grant you peace and strength and keep Rich in the palm of His hand.
Kevin and Denise Bates
Denise Bates
July 28, 2016
Karen, our condolences go out to you and your family at this trying time. We are so sorry we can't convey them in person. Doug and Lynn Mc Crea
Douglas Mc Crea
July 27, 2016
Dear Karen,
Praying for you and your family...there are no words ...
Loving you always Vanessa and VASIA Program Volunteers
July 27, 2016
Karen and Family, nothing can be said to heal the hurt in your hearts. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Matthys Family
July 27, 2016
Karen and family - you are in my prayers. I am so very sorry for your loss. May wonderful memories of Rich sustain you during this very difficult time, and keep him in your hearts always.
Anne Smith
July 27, 2016
"Mr. Bob" was first friends with Dad (Mr. Lenwood Lindsey), later becoming the entire Lindsey family's friend. I personally feel that it was a pleasure frying catfish that my dad caught, and dad taking it to Mr. Bob and the workers at State Auto Body, RIP Mr. Bob!
Lynette Lindsey-Ajibade
July 27, 2016
May you find comfort during this difficult time, but never forget the wonderful experiences and memories you made along the way. Sending many prayers and love to the entire Wade family.
July 27, 2016
Karen, my thoughts and prayers are with you and the family.

Trina Jackson
July 27, 2016
to the Wade family, my sincere condolences. Rich was a friend of mine since High school. We both graduated from HHS class of "66" He became a Hammond fireman and I was a Hammond Police officer. Rich was a very nice person and will be greatly missed by all his friends.
Oscar Ramirez
July 27, 2016
Celebrating a life well lived. We will cherish the memories forever.
Kathleen Gray-Wesley
July 27, 2016
My deepest condolences go out to the entire Wade family. May God give you all the strength during this challenging time.
Talenceia Davis
July 27, 2016
Karen and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss.
Debbie Vezmar
July 27, 2016
To the Wade family:
Richard was a wonderful person who was removed from our midst much to soon. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this trying time. Please accept our heartfelt sympathy.
Jim & Julia
James guy/Julia King-Smith
July 27, 2016
Praying for you and your family.
Earlie Armstrong
July 27, 2016
Thoughts and prayers for the Wade family.
Marcy Wesley-Baldwin
July 27, 2016
Karen my thoughts are with you during this sad time.
Denise Toth
July 27, 2016
Karen and Family, may Richard's memory be eternal and the peace of Christ be with all of you in this time of sorrow.
Sara Koontz
July 27, 2016
Karen and the entire Wade family my thoughts and prayers are with you. I am so sad for you all.
Patti Norman
July 27, 2016
Jim and I send our deepest sympathies. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Jim & Carolyn Goodall
July 27, 2016
I could ask you anything and get a straight answer. My teacher and friend. You will always be in our hearts.
Tom & Rosy Homco
July 27, 2016
Karen. Sorry doesn't seem to be appropriate - the love you both have for each other is a inspiration.
July 27, 2016
July 27, 2016
Karen and family, we send our prayers and sincere sympathies. Rich was a wonderful person and will be sincerely missed.
Beth Wimmer
July 27, 2016
Karen and the entire Wade family our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Rich was like a brother to me. Bobbi and I would like you all to know our hearts are sad and our deepest sympathy to all.
Chad Mullins
July 27, 2016
To Rich's Family, my condolences and prayers are with you in this trying time. May God comfort you all. I had the pleasure of working with Rich on the Hammond Fire Department for over twenty years. He was a class act, was a great guy to work with, and was liked by all.
Floyd White
July 27, 2016
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Wade family during this difficult time. Richard was one of the kindest, most helpful gentlemen I have ever met. He was respected by everyone and will surely be missed. He was called to heaven too soon.
John Idzik
July 26, 2016
May you watch over and protect all of us.
July 26, 2016
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