Our Dad, Husband, Papa and Friend Bill Wade passed away May 24, 2013 after a brief illness. Bill was born August 12, 1936 in Ventura California. He was raised in the central valley of California with his eight brothers and sisters. He graduated from Delano High School before attending Taft College on a track scholarship. It was at Taft College that he met his future bride NinaLee Scott. They married in 1957 and had three children that he and NinaLee raised in New Cuyama where he worked his entire career for ARCO. He loved his family and community and was very involved in his children's lives and activities. He coached little league football, was a 4-H leader and attended hundreds of his kid's sporting events . He spent most vacations at Avila Beach or Lake Tahoe, plus a couple of memorable cross-country trips in the family station wagon. He loved his family, adored his wife, valued his community and lived in New Cuyama until his death. When NinaLee passed away, he was fortunate to find someone to spend the remainder of his life with.
Bill married Betty Fisher in 1995 and they remained in New Cuyama while enjoying numerous cruises, vacations to Branson and family trips to Montana and Indiana. When he married Betty, her family adopted him as their honorary father and grandfather. He was fortunate to know and love Betty's family too.
Bill was preceded in death by his wife NinaLee, his parents Louis and Daisy Wade, his brother LouisWade, his sister Mary Waser, his brother Bob Wade, his sister Peggy Wade and his step-daughter Carolyn McKenzie. He is survived by his current wife Betty and his children by NinaLee, Scott Wade (Renae), Jolene Selby (Jon) and Stacey Crank; his grandchildren William, Sarah, Andrew, John, Kaytee and Erica; his great-grandchildren Marie and Liam; his brothers Lee Wade, Barney Wade and Bruce Wade and his sister Laura Rogers. Additionally, he is survived by Betty's children, Pat Peralez (Jess), Mike Fisher and Kathy Anthony (Glen) as well as numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bill Wade was loved and will be missed. He was a gentle giant and had a profound impact on the people that were fortunate enough to be in his life.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held Friday, May 31 at 1:00 pm at Cuyama Valley Methodist Church in New Cuyama, California. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the American Cancer Society.