Former longtime Paonia resident Wes Wade passed away peacefully in his sleep on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018, at his home in Grand Junction, Colo. He was 78 years old.
A celebration of life will be held on 11 a.m., Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018 at the First Christian Church, 1326 N 1st St., Grand Junction, Colo., with Rev. Brad Barton officiating.
Wes attended school and graduated from Paonia High School with the Class of 1958.
On June 29, 1962, Wes married Helen Amsbury in Paonia. Helen preceded him in death on April 26, 2018.
Wes was owner and manager of Paonia Marketing Association for most of his adult working life. He owned his own fruit orchards, managed orchards for others, and ran a fruit packing plant. Wes was one of many generations of Wades who worked in the fruit business in the Paonia area. Wes and his wife, Helen, also ran a retail store which specialized in garden supply, irrigation and chain saws. Wes also worked for the Delta County School District as a bus driver.
Wes was very active in Rotary, Lions Club and was a lifetime member of the Elks. Wes and Helen were both active members of First Christian Church in Grand Junction.
Wes loved family holidays when his family was growing up and later, he and Helen traveled throughout the United States, took several cruises and enjoyed trips to Denver to attend plays and musicals.
Wes is survived by his son, Bruce (Josie) Wade of Hotchkiss; his daughter, Debbie (Scott) Malson of Brisbane, Australia; his granddaughter, Mindy (Danny) Tea of Dallas, Texas; and great-grandchildren: Lleyton and Deegan Tea of Dallas, Texas.
Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Carrol and Margaret Wade; his wife, Helen; and a brother, Ronald Wade.
The family suggests memorial contributions to be made to First Christian Church, 1326 North 1st Street, Grand Junction, CO 81501.
Arrangements are under the care and direction of Taylor Funeral Service and Crematory.
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