Paul H. Wade

Paul H. Wade

August 10, 1939 – January 9, 2021

He is survived by his wife, Connie Jo Wade; children: Alisa (John) Sattem, John (Michelle) Wade and Scott Wade; six grandchildren; three brothers and three sisters. He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Mick Kerrigan and sister-in-law, Sandi Wade.

VISITATION: Wednesday, January 13, 2021, from 5:00-7:00PM followed by VIGIL: 7:00PM, all at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church. Mass of Christian Burial: Thursday, January 14, 2021, 10:30 am at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.  Interment: Calvary Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Ronald McDonald House.

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Paul H. Wade, 81, of Omaha passed away on Saturday January 9, 2021 surrounded by his family.

Dad was born in St. Louis, MO on August 10, 1939 to Howard and Eleanor Wade. He has 3 surviving brothers and 3 sisters with their spouses: Tom (Sharon), Bill (Kathy), Terry (Ann), Kathleen, Liz (Geof), and Jane.

He attended Holy Name Catholic School and after graduation met the love of his life, Connie Christensen.  In 1965, they married and had three children.  His children went on to grow his family that he so loved spending time with: Alisa (John) Sattem of  Lucas, TX, John (Michelle) Wade and Scott Wade of Omaha. Some of his greatest joy came from his six grandkids: Steven, Emily, Jack, Austin, Alex and Amanda!

Dad was a dedicated police officer for almost 30 years and loved to tell his grandkids all of his stories. He also was a devout Catholic.  Dad went to St. Joan of Arc Church every Saturday night at 5pm. He never missed it as well as most daily masses.  After church on Saturday, Mom and Dad would go to dinner and a movie. Family was very important to him!

Dad was a simple man. He enjoyed the simple things in life: God, family, food, fishing, his lawn and yes-BEER! My Dad loved beer! That was his thing. A cold beer after he cut the grass, grilling, or Husker football. He also loved taking in a great June night with John Wade and a cold beer at a College World Series baseball game or watching Cardinals baseball or a hockey playoff game.

Dad was a foodie! He appreciated good food!  The process of perfecting baby back ribs with John Sattem was a day to be enjoyed as well as the ice cream desserts Michelle Wade makes.  You knew if you did it right he would say “delish” and then retire to the couch to enjoy his food coma. 

Many an extended Wade family gathering with all the siblings, nieces and nephews involved lots of laughs and food.  Memories of Christmas Eve at his house will always be extra special to all the family!

He loved fishing especially when he was with the F&Fer’s.  One week in Canada with his best friends! No snags in heaven!

He was all for a car trip with Connie traveling the country with many trips to see the relatives in St. Louis.  He especially loved the drive out to Bellingham, Washington to see Liz.  He also had some great trips to where Alisa lived in Colorado or Texas.  Dad hit the slopes with her skiing at 70 and lounged by the pool with his grandkids at 80!

Sundays used to be about his lawn and a big family dinner which Connie always made special. Dad’s lawn was his baby growing up.  As the years past, it changed to Scott and Dad’s Sunday ritual, growing tomatoes! Uncle Terry would have breakfast ready and Dad and Scott would tend to the garden.  On harvest days he was like a kid at Christmas! It was so much fun watching him pick the tomatoes and tell me how much his dad would love this. Dad loved tomatoes but his love for Sunday breakfast was more. It was fun to see brothers debate politics and religion and lots of other sensitive topics.

But most of all Dad was a good man!  When asked what he wanted to be remembered for he said, “I set a good example!”  And that you did Dad!  We love you always!!



  • Rachel Burns Posted January 11, 2021 12:16 pm

    Connie and family,
    I was so sad to hear of Paul’s passing – I always knew him as such a good, kind, generous and optimistic man. He gave so much to his St Joan of Arc community amd will be deeply missed. I am
    Confident that his reception into heaven will be beautiful. Please be assured of my prayers ats you mourn the loss of Paul.

  • Mike and Terri Clemens Darby Posted January 11, 2021 3:03 pm

    To the Wade family, it has been many years since our paths crossed in Westgate/St Joan of Arc. Remember Paul and send our thoughts, prayers and sympathies to all. God bless you all as am sure God has blessed Paul!

  • Joyce Melotz(Henderson) Posted January 11, 2021 8:24 pm

    Connie and Family. I’m so sorry for your loss. May Paul be welcomed into the arms of our Lord and May the Lords arms reach out and comfort each and every one of you. Blessings.

  • e inJudi Schow Bales Posted January 11, 2021 10:05 pm

    Connie and family….I’m so sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. Please know you have my deepest sympathy and I am sending you & family a prayer of comfort and peace. I’m sorry we lost contact over the years, but I have tho’t of you many times.

  • Maureen (Brennan) Cooney Posted January 11, 2021 11:09 pm

    A special condolence to Kathy, my classmate at Holy Name . Class of 62). Kathy you have a wonderful family and certainly your brother Paul was a very special part of that family My husband Bob and I are now Castle Rock Co residents but I think of you and those days of old at HN May the angels escort your brother Paul to the throne of God and may he Rest In Peace with the Lord forever.

  • Katherine Belcastro-Gonzalez Posted January 12, 2021 12:06 pm

    Sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Your family are in my prayers.

  • John M Friend Posted January 12, 2021 12:54 pm

    Connie and family, I worked around Paul on OPD. He was a well respected command officer and all the younger guys really looked up to him. He made a big impact on many young officers.

  • Pat (McCafferty) Kochenderfer Posted January 12, 2021 1:12 pm

    To the Wade family: I worked with Paul at OPD for 20 some odd years. He was such a great guy, always had a kind word and a great smile. The last time I saw Paul was when a few of us got together for breakfast – and I hadn’t seen him for years, but still the same great guy I knew when we worked together. I know he will be so missed by his family and especially by his lovely, Connie Jo. My sincere sympathy for you all during this most difficult time. We will see him again, no more pain, no more tears. God bless.

  • Mark Langan Posted January 12, 2021 3:55 pm

    Paul was my training officer in 1983 when I was a rookie detective in the OPD Burglary Unit. I learned a lot from him. Definitely one of the good guys! My thoughts are with your family.

  • Garry Gernandt Posted January 12, 2021 4:16 pm

    Connie and family, deeply sadden to hear of your loss. Strength vibes headed your way.

  • Duane and Kathy Schwery Posted January 12, 2021 7:56 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of Paul’s death. He was a truly good person. Our most sincere sympathy to Connie and the family.
    We were neighbors in Westgate and have many happy memories of those days. we remember the 4th of July fireworks in the yards, the block parties, and all the games and activities that got organized for 75th Street.

  • Pamela Epstein Posted January 13, 2021 9:25 am

    My condolences to the entire Wade family. I grew up living next door to the Wade family on Fontenelle Blvd in Holy Name parish.. I have so many fond early memories growing up when Paul would toss the ball around with us younger kids. We have always had a special bond with the Wades! Prayers for strength at this most difficult time. Paul left a wonderful legacy with his children and grandchildren!

  • Helen C (Shea) Mueller Posted January 13, 2021 10:43 am

    So sorry to here about Paul’s passing. Now God has him in his arms

  • Sue DeVetter Posted January 13, 2021 4:31 pm

    To the Wade Family: I knew Paul from his court security days at the Hruska Federal Courthouse. He always had a smile and was fun to chat with. I am so sorry for your loss.
    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him.

  • Linda Wiegel Posted January 13, 2021 6:03 pm

    I am so sorry to the Wade Family for the loss of their brother, dad,& uncle! I grew up on the blvd! Playing with Liz & Jane & yes with Terry! I have to say Paul scared the crap out of me! He was always a little upset with us kids for some reason! I woul love to be there with you but getting over covid so I will stay in my room! My prayers are with all of you!

  • John Ursick Posted January 14, 2021 6:38 am

    We are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for you and your family.

  • John and carol Hemmersmeier Posted January 14, 2021 10:15 am

    Connie, Our sincere condolences go out to you and all the Wade family. Rest assured we will all miss cousin Paul. John and Carol Hemmersmeier

  • Tom & JoAnn Fretz Posted January 14, 2021 11:02 am

    Connie, We cannot adequately express our sorrow at Paul’s passing, and we offer you our most sincere condolences. It is especially painful that we could not be with you in Omaha for Paul’s services. Paul was not only a life long friend, but he was the best friend a person could have. Paul was always there to offer support and help throughout our lives, and he is someone we will never forget. We are so blessed to have so many wonderful memories of times with Paul from grade school days all the way to our last phone conversation several weeks ago. Please know that we are thinking of you and praying for both of you.


    Tom & JoAnn

  • JoAnne (Kruse) Jessen Posted January 14, 2021 12:05 pm

    Connie & Family, Since it’s been since after high school we talked. My sympathies to you. I read the obit from the funeral home. I remember the name from high school reunion. You have been so blessed with a wonderful family and life. Memories will keep you going. I lost my husband 8 yrs ago. We didn’t have any children, but were blessed with nieces and nephews and friends children we were always a part of. God Be with you and your family.

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