FREDERICKTOWN — Rodney “Rocky” Wade, 83, of Fredericktown, passed away Sunday, Dec. 19, 2010, at his home.
He was born Sept. 26, 1927, in St. Louis, Mo., to Clarence and Thelma Wade, both deceased. Rocky interrupted his high school education in order to join the U.S. Coast Guard in World War II. He celebrated both VE and VJ days at Times Square while stationed in Brooklyn, N.Y. He started a 42-year career in the telephone business after completing high school in 1947.
Rocky played semi-pro baseball in Missouri during the late ’40s. While living in London, Ky., he was Jaycee president of London Jaycees and state vice president of the Kentucky Jaycees. He also hosted a local sports talk program on London’s cable TV system.
He was North American field operation supervisor for the AUTOVON project, responsible for the installation and testing of cell sites from Panama to Alaska. He was a former member of the American Legion, Moose Lodge and Lions Club. He retired in 1989 from United Telephone of Ohio after 20 years of service.
He enjoyed all outdoor sports and was an avid bass fisherman. He was a 36-year member of the Clearfork Valley Bassmasters, as well as the Knox Lake Thursday Nighters Bass Club. He was a life member of the Independent Telephone Pioneers.
Rocky was preceded in death by his wife, Rose, in 1994; and his wife, Lillian, in 2008; and his sisters, Reva Richter and Pat Feldhaus.
He is survived by his sister, Sharon (Ken) Feldhaus of Peach Tree City, Ga.; his son, Martin (Peggy) Wade of Galloway; his daughter, Marsha Tate of Bellefontaine; his stepdaughter, Joni Fryer of Winter Park, Fla.; his adopted son, Larry (Sally) Darling of Grove, Okla.; and his former wife, Metta Knight of Grove, Okla.
The family will receive friends Wednesday, Dec. 22, from noon until the time of a funeral service at 1 p.m. at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 E. College St., Fredericktown. Burial will follow in the Forest Cemetery in Fredericktown with military honors provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.
In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorial contributions be made to Hospice of Knox County, 17700 Coshocton Road, Mount Vernon, OH 43050.
The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to have been chosen to serve the family of Rocky Wade.