Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, January 14th at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, with the Rev. Paul Kuckhahn officiating. Burial, with graveside military rites conducted by the Watertown American Legion Post #189, will be in the Ixonia Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Monday, Jan. 13th from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be directed to the church or to the charity of one’s choice.
Hafemeister Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Watertown is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.hafemeisterfh.com.
James Arthur Wade was born in Watertown on July 17, 1929, son of Percy and Lydia (Wille) Wade.
On June 21, 1952 he married Violet Zastrow at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Ixonia.
Jim was a graduate of Watertown High School and had been employed as a shop superintendent at the former Waukesha Motors until his retirement. He also worked part-time at Virchow-Krause in Watertown preparing taxes.
Jim was a life time member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Watertown, where he was confirmed and ushered for 60 years. He had also been on numerous church committees and boards. Jim was also served on the United Way board in Waukesha and Watertown, was a member of the AARP Group on Board. He belonged to the Wisconsin National Guard as a Sergeant Major and was a member of the Watertown American Legion Post #189. He was also a member of the Watertown Country Club, where he served as president and sports chairman. He was Club Champ 18 times and runner up 8 times. Jim was an inductee of the Bowling Hall of Fame and the Golf Hall of Fame in 1997. He served as president of Thrivent and had been president of the Ixonia Ev. Lutheran Cemetery Association.
Jim enjoyed golfing, bowling and was an avid hunter and fisherman.
Survivors include his wife, Violet Wade of Watertown; his six children, Judy Wade of Virginia; Jim (Kristen) Wade Jr. of Manitowoc; Jane Wade of DeForest; Jeanne (Tim) Fischer of Watertown; Julie (Steve) Heyn of Michigan; Joel Wade of Sun Prairie; grandchildren, Rachel (Dan Bartel) Fischer, Alyssa Fischer, Jarrod Wade and Joel Wade; his brother, David Wade of Watertown; a sister, Nancy (Merlin) Voss of Lodi; a sister-in-law, Mary Lou Wade of Waukesha, as well as nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jim was predeceased by his parents and three brothers, Gene, Lee and Percy.