Wade attended Columbia Falls School District from kindergarten through eighth grade. Wade enjoyed: working hard, camping, fishing, hunting, participating with his teammates in wrestling and football, and hanging with his brothers and friends. Riding dirt bikes and picking huckleberries were also some of his fondest memories.
He moved with his family to Glendive, Montana where he attended freshmen year through his senior year and graduated from Dawson County High School in 2018. After graduation, Wade worked for a radiator shop, moved to Noble drilling, then moved back to the Flathead Valley. At this time, Wade’s loyalty to family shined as he left his job and everything he knew to be close to his Papa who was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic and liver cancer. Not wanting to lose time with his Papa, he moved back to Columbia Falls, Montana taking a job at Montana Rock Works. Wade was known for being hard-working and really enjoyed the physical challenges that this rock quarry offered. Wade used to tease that when he gets to heaven, he is going to work in God’s rock quarries… possibly dealing with more precious material like diamonds, rubies, and sapphires the size of the boulders he moved in the Moose Mtn. quarries.
On 4.29.2021 Wade died for the first time. At 20 years of age, he miraculously lived through a car wreck that ejected him 100ft but left him paralyzed from the center of his chest down. This was the beginning of a new Wade that he did not care for, nor appreciate. Within 19 months, he fought a very hard fight of multiple deadly injuries and ailments resulting in some amazing miraculous recoveries. In spite of his injuries, he moved in with his Papa where he selflessly sat for hours to encourage and help with whatever his hero needed. After his Papa’s passing, he moved to Evergreen, and later to Seattle, WA. Throughout this time, he experienced a rollercoaster of emotions and miserable sicknesses.
On October. 1, 2021 he made a conscious decision to make the most of his new challenging situation and declared he wanted to heal up so he could start college in Seattle, WA where he had resided for the last five months. He wanted to become a chaplain to minister and serve in a hospital or an assisted living home giving hope to those who felt lost and alone. He prayed hard for a wife and children; in fact, he wanted children so much, he even considered adopting a child on his own. His short-term goals were to get a part-time job and a puppy. “Maturing fast” in what he called a “Bizarre Monster City,” he decided to do away with the things holding him back. He returned to Montana on October 3rd to visit and start getting the medical care he couldn’t afford in Seattle. However, the perfect storm of physical and mental illnesses grew causing the fight to be greater than he felt he could handle, and these hopes and dreams were snuffed out too soon. If you want to hear more about Wade’s journey, and what led to the outcome you can check out journal entries from www.liesibelieved.com.
Wade, if only our love could have kept you with us, you would have lived forever. Now you live in our hearts and memories. You are not forgotten. We will see you soon…
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” 1Peter 5:7
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