Dale A. Wade, 91, of Cheyenne passed away Oct. 31.
Dale was born May 23, 1928, at the home ranch on Bull Creek near Buffalo, S.D. During the 1930s, several of the kids went to Portland, Ore., to live with other family members. Dale worked at a lumber mill until they found out he was under 16 and had to quit. He then worked as a welder for the Kaiser Company in the Portland shipyard for a while. A flood forced them to live in a tent for some time. Later, he returned to finish school in Buffalo, working at the family ranch as well as welding for Schwartz’s garage.
He met Annie Conrad in Buffalo when her family was in Harding County conducting seismic testing for the oil companies. They married in Buffalo and settled on the Bull Creek ranch until he was drafted into the U.S. Army from 1954-56. After six months at Fort Belvoir, Va., for training, he spent 15 months as a welder, mostly for the 57th Engineer Company at Kaiserslautern, Germany. He was also a member of the shooting team and won first place in at least one rifle competition. He returned home in 1956 and worked the ranch and sheared sheep. Come winter, he worked bridge construction in the 4 Corners area, as well, before moving to Cortez, Colo., in spring of 1960.
He returned to Dupree, S.D., in 1962 to work as a government trapper for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and decided to go to college in 1965. Graduating with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife management and a Ph.D. in physiology, he went to work for Colorado State University Agriculture Extension Program as a predator control specialist. He later transferred to UC Davis and then to the Texas A&M Extension Program. While at Texas A&M, he conducted extensive research in the use of 1080 for predator control and testified for various congressional committees on his findings.
He published a number of professional articles concerning predator control, traveled extensively documenting and photographing predation, served as the chair of several Western Hemisphere predator control conferences attended by multiple countries. His writings are still utilized today by professionals in many countries.
His knowledge and experience led to several invitations to take a position with the Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., and he finally relented in 1985 and spent four years working and dis’cussin’ with the federal bureaucracy before retiring in 1989 to Cheyenne.
In Cheyenne, he was a frequent visitor to local yard and estate sales, buying, fixing and selling anything with small engines. His children and grandchildren were the frequent benefactors of many great deals. He met many people and made a select few friends in the process. An avid reader, he accumulated numerous books of many genres including many Western history books.
Dale is survived by his loving wife, Annie; daughters, Jean (Warren) Montague and Linda (Bill) Boosembark; and sons, Jesse (Kathleen) Wade, Bill (Patricia) Wade and Jim (Cristy) Wade. In addition, he is survived by his grandchildren, Brian, Skylar, Kacey, Thomas, Daric, Kyle and Ryan; great-grandson, Jackson; and sisters, Ramona and Irene.
He was preceded in death by his mother, Rosella; his son, John Wade; one brother; and eight sisters.
He was a strong, honorable and humble man whose word was his bond, and he expected the same. His acquaintances were many, and a select few met his standard to be called friends. Most are now welcoming him to the big reunion where old trappers, ranchers and friends meet. Those of us still here will miss him greatly.
This is a paid obituary.