Rodney F. “Rocky” Wade
September 26, 1927 ‒ December 19, 2010
Rodney “Rocky” Wade, age 83, of Fredericktown passed away on Sunday, December 19, 2010 at his home. He was born September 26th, 1927 in Saint Louis, Missouri 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 day at Times Square while stationed in Brooklyn, New York. 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 40’s. While living in London, Kentucky, 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, Georgia, his son Martin (Peggy) Wade of Galloway, Ohio; his daughter Marsha Tate of Bellefontaine, Ohio; his step-daughter Joni Fryer of Winter Park, Florida; his adopted son Larry (Sally) Darling of Grove, Oklahoma; and his former wife, Metta Knight of Grove, Oklahoma.
The family will receive friends from Noon until the time of a funeral service at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, December 22, 2010 at the Snyder Funeral Home, 33 East 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.