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Wade A. Parker, age 60, of Necedah, a kind, thoughtful, and handy man, was born on Feb. 7, 1963, in Wisconsin Rapids, to Norman and Betty Lou Parker. He passed away on Oct. 23, 2023, at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, after a brave battle with cancer.
Wade was a 1981 graduate of Necedah High School. Post-graduation, he embarked on a fulfilling career delivering fuel, dedicated for over 25 years. His work ethic and commitment to service earned him many loyal customers throughout his tenure.
On May 29, 1996, Wade was united in marriage to Deborah Kaan at St. Peter's Lutheran Church in Shennington, Wis. Together they raised a close-knit family and created countless beautiful memories.
Wade had a deep love for community service and youth development. He was a member of the Camp Douglas Masonic Lodge No. 272 and served as a commissioner for the Pop Warner Youth football program in Necedah and other areas. His commitment to the Lodge and his passion for coaching enriched the lives of many young people in the community.
He was also a man who loved the outdoors. Wade loved to go camping with his wife, Debbie, at Brunet Island State Park and at Black Lake Campground. Their camping trips often included kayaking on the lakes, a pastime they both greatly enjoyed. Wade was also an avid deer hunter and enjoyed being outdoors, even if it was to just cut wood.
In his spare time, Wade found joy in fixing things. Whether it was his tractor or someone else's broken item, he had a knack for repairing things and making them work again. His resourcefulness and handy skills were greatly appreciated by all who knew him. Wade was social and always had a story to tell. After years of resistance, he finally joined Facebook, where he became a regular presence on Facebook Marketplace.
Wade is survived by his wife, Debbie of Necedah; two sons, Andy of Augusta, and Curtis (Claudia Becerra) Parker of Tomah; and a daughter, Meghan (Joshua) Maxwell of Coon Valley. He also leaves behind his siblings, Kallien (Lisa) Parker of Necedah, Timothy (Barbara) Parker of Necedah, and Shawana (John) Geidel of Mequon. He was a beloved grandfather to three lovely grandchildren, Dean, Presley and Carl John. His mother-in-law, Delores (Dennis) Dennison of Chicago, Ill., along with numerous nieces, nephews, cousins, and other relatives and many friends, will miss him dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents; his father-in-law, Ralph Kaan; and the family pet, Webster.
Wade was a man who lived his life with kindness and thoughtfulness, always ready to lend a hand or share a smile. His memory will be cherished by all who knew him. His life was a testament to his love for his family, his community, and his dedication to service. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he touched. Memorials may be given to the family.
A visitation will be held at HARE FUNERAL HOME, 217 W. Pearl St., New Lisbon, from 3 p.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Friday Oct. 27, 2023. A Masonic service will follow at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call at the church on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until the service. A funeral service will be held at BETHANY LUTHERAN CHURCH, 618 W. River St., New Lisbon, at 11 a.m. on Saturday Oct. 28, 2023, with Pastor Lucy Hardie presiding. Online condolences are available at www.harefuneralhome.com.