Richard Harker Wade, 81, of Morgantown, died Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at JW Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, surrounded by his loving family.

Richard was born December 26, 1940 in Morgantown, the son of the late Efford Lemon “Bill” and Helen (Harker) Wade.

Richard was a graduate of University High School, Class of 1958. He was a member of the FFA and the school’s wrestling team and served as vice president of his class. After graduating, he earned his associate’s degree in business from WV Business College.

From an early age, Richard worked alongside his father and brother in the family business, Independent Dressed Beef. He spent many years as an insurance agent for People’s Life, doing what he loved, spending time and talking with people. He was an apprentice auctioneer from 1995 to 2013, working with his son in his auction business.

Richard dedicated his life to Jesus, and it showed in everything he did. He was a strong family man, a loving and devoted husband, and a longtime member of the Morgantown Christian and Missionary Alliance Church. He was a wonderful father who always cared for his children and did his best to teach and guide them and, above all, to make sure they knew the love of Jesus Christ. He was a loving grandfather and took great pride in caring for his grandchildren, teaching them life skills and instilling in them old-world values.

He enjoyed attending auctions, buying and selling Beagle dogs, and hunting. But above all, he loved visiting and talking with friends.

He is survived by two daughters and wives, Pamela and Bill Kessler, Deborah and Gene Wotring; one son and spouse, Thomas and Christine Wade; one brother and spouse, Ronald and Maxine Wade, of Morgantown; eight grandchildren, Savannah, Garrett, Logan, Chantelle, Miranna and Rennick Wotring and Tommy and Whitney Wade; and two great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 49 years, Shirley Jean (Merrill) Wade, and a brother, John Ross Wade.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Richard’s special friend, Agnes Horton, who was dear to him.

Friends are invited to share memories of Richard with his family during visits to Wade’s Auction and Event Center, located at 2330 Blue Horizon Drive, Morgantown, WV, 26501, from 5-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 5 and 9 a.m. at the hour of service at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, with the Reverend Dan Bayles officiating. Interment will follow the service at Cedar Grove Cemetery, 110 Hobbs Run Road, Mount Morris, Pennsylvania.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Morgan Funeral Home, PO Box 269, Reedsville, WV 26547-0269.