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Obituary for Roy L. Wade
Roy L. Wade, age 85, died on Thursday, February 07, 2013 at his residence in Orrville with his wife Lee at his side after an extended illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday, February 12, 2013, 11:00 AM at Gresser Funeral Home in Orrville. Rev. Randy Gehres will be officiating. Visiting hours are Monday, February 11th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and one hour prior to services. Burial with military honors will be at Crown Hill Cemetery in Orrville. The family suggests that friends may make a donation to the Christ United Church of Christ or the American Heart Association. He was born April 17, 1927 in Orrville, OH, the son of Roy and Agnes (Brown) Wade and was a life-long resident of Orrville. Roy graduated with the OHS class of 1945. He enlisted in January 1945 in the U.S. Navy in South Pacific and served on the LCS-125 (Land Craft Support) as a motor machinist 3rd class until honorably discharged. After his military service, Roy married Ruth "Lee" Gilbert on April 17, 1948 in Fort Mitchell, KY. They were blessed with two children: Michael G. of York, PA and Corinne L. of New Alexander, OH; and one grandson, Andrew M. of Pittsburgh, PA. Roy was a wonderful, loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by friends and family. Roy worked at Crown Steel (Orrville Metal Specialty) for approximately fifteen years and was Plant Superintendent. He joined Orrville Products Group (Orrville Body) in 1960 as an Estimator, and was promoted to various positions, including Vice President of Operations. In 1975, he purchased stock in Magni Power in Wooster, OH and was a minority owner, and as Plant Manager. In 1983, he was promoted to Ex. V.P. of Operations and member of the Board of Directors. He retired in 1989 but stayed with Magni Power as a consultant until 1992. After that, he enjoyed driving cars to and from many places for Maibach Ford thru 2011. He was a member of V.F.W. (Post 3446), American Legion (Post 282) of Orrville and a life-long member of Christ United Church of Christ. He was a volunteer fireman approximately 15 years serving under four Chiefs (K. Mann, L. Null, R. Stuckey, M. Martin). He was a member of the Fireman's Indemnity Board for twenty plus years until death. He loved travel, hunting, fishing, target shooting, and playing cards; most sports, but his favorite sport was Orrville Rider Football. Also surviving are brothers, John D. Wade of Rochester, MN, Larry D. Wade of Smithville, OH and a sister, Judy (Ken) Vaitor of Smithville, OH. Preceding him in death are his parents and a sister, Vera Jean Zimmerman, brother-in-law and two nephews.
11:00 Am Tuesday
Gresser Funeral Home
6 - 8 PM Monday February 11, 2013 and
One hour prior to services