Sam “Nanner” Wade
January 13, 1963 ‒ October 24, 2015
BUTLER: A no fuss kind of guy, Sam Wade wasn’t flashy and he didn’t want any attention or accolades. Just to live his life, the way he wanted, surrounded by his family, his beloved pup and the outdoors. In the midst of the quietness and peace only a walk in the woods could bring, Sam suddenly passed away Saturday, October 24, 2015 of an apparent heart attack. He was just 52.
The son of Bob and Mary Lou (Logan) Wade, Sam was born January 13, 1963 in Mansfield and was graduated from Clear Fork High School in 1981. Sam later graduated from North Central Technical College’s Police Academy Program in 1985. For 10 years, from 1985 to 1995 Sam served as Police Sergeant for the Village of Lexington. In 1992 he began teaching as an adjunct professor for North Central State College’s Criminal Justice program. In 1995 he became a full time professor, and served as OPOTA Commander for North Central State College’s Police Academy while working part time as a patrolman for the village of Lexington. Sam has served as OPOTA Commander for the past 20 years and was currently training 14 cadets.
In 1999 Sam was graduated from The Ohio State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Criminology.
Sam was nominated as outstanding faculty member in 2003, 2005, 2010, 2011, and 2012 and was awarded outstanding professor in 2004.
He was a member of New Hope Church in Loudonville.
Nanner loved the outdoors. He hunted deer and turkey, trapped small game, and tended to his vegetable garden. He participated in numerous pre-1840 rendezvous where he competed in shooting, archery and tomahawk throwing contests. Sam also loved his Harley Davidson.
Stubborn or “strong willed”, Sam’s love was unconditional.
He is survived by his wife Laura Wade of Perrysville; daughters Olivia, Alexis, and Savannah Wade all of Bellville; step children Kelsie, Brian, and Emma Eshler all of Perrysville; and his Rottweiler pup, Natalie.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Sam’s family will receive friends Wednesday October 28, 2015 from 3-8 pm in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Thursday at 11 am. Pastor Mike Kauffman will officiate.
In his honor, memorial contributions to the Sam Wade Criminal Justice Scholarship (Please make checks payable to: North Central State College Foundation) may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:www.snyderfuneralhomes.com