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September 12, 2018 William Wade
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William Lewis “Bill” Wade, 77, of Davenport, Iowa, passed away at his beloved home on the Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri on Sunday, September 2, 2018.

Bill was born to Elwin & Loise (Groff) Wade in Iowa City, Iowa on March 25, 1941. Bill grew up in Wellman in a large and extended farm family, surrounded by many aunts, uncles, grandparents and cousins. He attended Wellman schools, where he was the president of the Future Farmers of America and was quarterback of the football team.

Bill went on to attend and graduate from Iowa Wesleyan College where he had the good fortune to meet the love of his life his freshman year of college, Sara Crume. Bill and Sara met during the Homecoming dance and spent the next 57 years together as husband and wife.

Upon graduation, Bill was recruited by International Harvester to enter the Management Training program. He was passionate about his career and rose quickly through the ranks becoming a Regional Sales Manager covering prime farm territories in Illinois and Iowa.

In 1975, Bill purchased the International Harvester dealership in Mattoon, Illinois and was devoted to his customers and employees.

After many happy years in Mattoon, Bill became the Western United States Sales Director for White New Idea Farm Products. Bill then took a brief retirement before he founded Wade Amusement and Vending Company in Davenport. Bill’s excellent business acumen and work ethic was the drive force behind his company’s success that he ran until his death.

Bill remained very proud of his small town beginnings and could create a connection with anyone from any background. Bill was a man of quiet yet enduring faith and strong moral convictions. For Bill, family meant everything. He took pride that his wife Sara and adult daughters, Dawn and Allison were his closest confidantes. Bill will be sorely missed by everyone whose lives he touched. Bill could make anyone feel as if they were the only person in the room.

He is survived by his wife, Sara of 57 years; his daughters Allison Wade of New York, New York and Dawn Ann (Eric) Swanson of Houston, Texas; his grandchildren, Caroline Louise Swanson and William Henry Swanson; his sister, Betty Jo (John) Beck of Scottsdale, Arizona; his brother, Jeff (Jill) Wade of Rock Mound, Missouri; one niece and four nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his parents.

A graveside service was held in the Wellman Cemetery. The Powell Funeral Home in Wellman was in charge of the arrangements.

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