June 6, 1923 ~ June 22, 2020

Born in: Melva, Missouri
Resided in: Westminster, Colorado

Lloyd was born June 6, 1923 in Melva, Missouri and died on June 22, 2020 at St. Anthony’s North Campus. Lloyd grew up in southern Missouri during the roughest of times and this made him a strong, independent man.

Lloyd volunteered for the Parachute Troops in the Army in 1942. He was in the 11th Airborne Engineering Division, a combat Engineer. He said “the first plane he ever rode in, he jumped out of.” The 11th division served in the Pacific Theatre, first to New Guinea, then were in the invasion of Leyte. He was proud of the road he built in the Philippines to Lake Taal that is still used today. The 11th division was the first American troops to occupy Japan after the war. He said the people were very nice to them.

During leave in 1943, he married Valeeta Nicholson and they had two daughters, Kayan and Gayle Wade. They later divorced.

During the war, he carried a small American flag, which he still had. He was proud to have served his country and loved our flag.

Lloyd was honorably discharged in 1945. After the war and several different jobs, he went to work for Western Electric (AT&T). Lloyd transferred to Colorado with Western Electric in 1969. He met and married Dorothy (Dottie) on May 20, 1972. Together they raised her two children, Steve and Karen. He retired from Western Electric on June 6, 1978 but never quit working. Loving construction, he was always looking forward to the next project.

Lloyd dearly loved all his family, he loved preparing a meal for all to enjoy, loved his friends, mountains, hunting, fishing, golfing, bowling, baseball, football. He was a man of many talents and excellent at everything he started. He loved riding in Parades with the Military Vehicle Club and was over-joyed whenever a parade was coming up.

Lloyd was always ready to lend a helping hand to family, friends, anyone needing help. Lloyd was a member of Mosaic Lodge #184 AF & AM, Scottish Rite Valley of Denver, El Jebel Shrine, American Legion and Elks Club and Telephone Pioneers of America.

Lloyd is survived by his wife of 48 years, Dorothy Wade; his daughters by a previous marriage Kayan Wade of Indiana and Gayle Wade of Michigan; step-son, Steve Clay (Adrienne) of Thornton; step-daughter, Karen Carillo (Charles) of Northglenn; brothers Gale Wade (Barbara) of North Carolina and Loren Wade (Rose) of Washington.

Lloyd especially loved all his 14 grandchildren, 25 great grandchildren, and a great great granddaughter. Lloyd is also survived by many nieces & nephews, great nieces and nephews, and friends .

Lloyd was preceded in death by his father, Charlie Bass Wade and mother, Willie Mae (Barnwell) Wade; step-father, Earl Holmes; brother Roy Wade; sister Cleata McNelt;  grandson Barry Shively; and great nephew Garrett Wade.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 2, at 1pm at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 9998 Grant Street, Thornton Colorado. The service will also be available to stream via Zoom.

To access the live stream visit: https://zoom.us/j/97585732195

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In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Shriners Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake City or to the Children’s Hospital in Colorado.


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Memorial Service: July 2, 2020 1:00 pm

Horan & McConaty - Metro North/Thornton
9998 Grant Street
Thornton, CO 80229

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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Lloyd C. Wade's name.

Shriners Hospitals for Children

Attn: Office of Development, 2900 N. Rocky Point Dr.
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  1. So long trooper. Heading for last drop zone! Enjoyed knowing you and Dotty. I enjoyed our getting together in Branson and Lloyd showing us around his old homestead. Sorry about your loss Dotty. best regards, Roy and Alice Dean 11th Ann. Airborne!!!!

  2. We never really got to meet each other, but the admeration is there none the less. Thank you for your service, especially for helping liberate my wife’s homeland “The Philippines”.
    Airborne all the way.

  3. PRAISE THE LORD ! I saw on tv tonight about MR Wade and wondered if he was the man I knew who worked at western electric.
    Then I got a message I think I worked for him for a short time and that he was very nice. May the LORD comfort your family and friends at the loss I enjoyed reading about his life .

  4. We will always miss this very special person! Can’t really put into words what he meant to us over the years! Our love to all of you.Gale and Barbara

  5. Sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. He was a great neighbor, always kind, helpful, and understanding. We all will miss him!

  6. Lloyd was a very special person-He cared deeply about his family, his country, his flag & a very proud American.

  7. So long pappy, you gave it a good run. It was quite a party wasn’t it. I thank you for being a mentor and a dear friend for the last 45 years. Though we were considered the odd couple, you and I sure hit it off. I thank you for your advice and your considerable patience in helping me become the person I am today. I will miss our golf and bowling outings, having a few beers and talking about days gone bye. Dottie, I cannot express how much you and Lloyd have meant to Lola and I, our deepest condolences.

  8. I imagine Lloyd in heaven, meeting his mom and siblings, and already toiling on some new project or another – perhaps a grand wooden deck overlooking a vast lush valley below. There, he continues his love of family and friends, an unconditional love grounded with respect and discipline; hoping that those, whose lives he touched during his time with us on earth, do the same. Uncle, I will miss you dearly.


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