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19 Rock Island Rd
East Wenatchee, WA 98802
Phone: 509-470-6702
Fax: 509-470-6186

James "Jim" Mark Wade

Wednesday, November 10th, 1926 - Sunday, July 12th, 2020
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James “Jim” Mark Wade
November 10, 1926 – July 12, 2020

James M. Wade, 93, passed away on Sunday, July 12, 2020, from natural causes. He was born on November 10, 1926 in Okanogan, WA, the son of Isham and Doris (Leitch) Wade. He was raised in Wenatchee and attended Wenatchee High School, where he graduated with the class of 1944. During his senior year of high school, Jim enlisted in the U.S. Air Force. He attended Washington State College, University of Washington, and Wenatchee Valley College. After college, Jim returned to Wenatchee to work in the fruit industry. In 1949, Jim married Camille Jones and in 1950, he joined his father at Columbia Fruit Packers as sales manager. Jim and Camille shared a passion for travel and together they explored the world, visiting every continent except Antarctica. Jim was a bird hunter, fisherman, sailor, pilot, and he loved spending time at Lake Chelan.

Jim served on the boards of numerous organizations including: Washington State Fruit Commission, Cherry Growers and Industries Foundation, Washington Cherry Marketing Commission, International Apple Institute (now U.S. Apple Association), Northwest Horticultural Council, Washington Apple Commission, Washington Apple Education Foundation, Rotary, Wenatchee First Presbyterian Church, AAA in Seattle, Washington Athletic Club, Wenatchee Saving and Loan.

Jim worked quietly but effectively in the community. He was a founding director and stockholder in Wenatchee Mountain, Inc., which developed the Mission Ridge ski area in 1966. He worked with the youth ski racing programs. He was a long-time supporter of the Salvation Army, YMCA, the Boy Scouts, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, Numerica Performing Arts Center. He helped rise money for the scouts to purchase Scout-A-Vista. Jim and his family set up the Wade Dialysis Fund, renamed the Wade Family Literacy Fund and the Camille Jones Wade Children’s Library. In 1995 he was named Apple Citizen of the Year and in 2016 received the Spirit of A.Z. Wells award.

He is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Mark Wade and Karen Lidikay and Mike and Karen Wade; one daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Gus Heinicke; and seven grandchildren, Sara (Andrew Latta) Wade, James Wade, Robin ( Justin) Hansen, Jennifer and Megan Wade and Greg and Josh Heinicke; three great grandchildren, Colton and Maren Hansen and Reese Latta-Wade. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years Camille Wade; their infant daughter, Sarah Diane Wade; his parents Isham and Doris Wade and his sister, Peggy Dewey.

His family would like to express their gratitude to Dr. Peter Rutherford, Hospice and caregiver Wendy Allen for the remarkable care he received.

A Private Family Interment Service will be held.

Visitation will be Thursday July 16 and Friday July 17 - with masks and social distancing required by state law.

Friends who wish may make memorial donations in his name to the Community Foundation of NCW for the Wade Family Literacy Fund or a charity of the donor’s choice.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Thursday, July 16th, 2020 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Heritage Memorial Chapel
    19 Rock Island Road
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    Visitation will be Thursday July 16 and Friday July 17 10am-8pm - with masks and social distancing required by state law.
  • Second Visitation

    Friday, July 17th, 2020 | 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Friday, July 17th, 2020 10:00am - 8:00pm
    Heritage Memorial Chapel
    19 Rock Island Road
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    Visitation will be Thursday July 16 and Friday July 17 10am-8pm - with masks and social distancing required by state law.
  • Interment

    Evergreen Memorial Park
    1301 10th Street N. E.
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    A Private Family Interment Service will be held.


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John Barta

Posted at 01:56pm
Mike, Mark and Susan,

I am sorry for your loss. Lived next door to you and your folks (1019 Crestwood) from before they bought the home next door. As a child, I and some of the neighbor children spent time crawling all around and through it while under construction.

I have a funny story about how all the putty from the basement windows disappeared one day. Your father naturally came next door to ask me and David Sanford, the kid from across the street, if we knew anything about the missing putty. We both disavowed knowledge of the theft while looking your dad straight in the eye, all the while secretly sheltering these huge balls of putty behind our backs. If he'd only known, but I think he was pretty sure we were the culprits. As far as I know it was never a subject of discussion with our parents.

That was a very long time ago. I still own that house, believe it or not.

You would remember me as Jack (John) Barta, my family now all deceased: father, John; mother, Mary; and sister, Julie.

Mark Choate

Posted at 11:13am
Cindy and I are thinking of the family today. Jim, Camille, Doris and Ike were a big part of me, and who I am today. It's strange to think that I knew Jim longer than anyone alive today. Since Jim insisted that I start skiing at 3 years old, he was my first ski instructor.
A big part of my success in life is because one day, when I was 3, Doris looked at me and said, "You are a very special little boy".
Since I believed everything Doris said, that stuck with me. I am so proud of my Wade heritage and my middle name.
Mark Wade Choate

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Posted at 09:58am
Thinking of you today, Love Mark and Cindy
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R. Martin

Posted at 04:27pm
Thank You Lord for ALL the memories Mr. James "Jim" Wade left in this world. With deepest sympathy.
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Jay Fulbright

Posted at 02:16pm
Back in the early 80's of the Fruit Industry, I was a young man that thought I knew a lot, which meant I really knew alot less! Fortunately for me there were people like the great Jim Wade that were willing to share their thoughts on the industry to help me gain knowledge. Thank you Jim for always being the kind gentleman you were. Rest in peace, you have certainly earned it.

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