Waltrip Funeral Directors

1415 Campbell Road, Houston, TX


Joseph "Rick" Erick Wade

September 16, 1948April 26, 2020

Joseph "Rick" Erick Wade, 71 was born on September 16, 1948 in San Francisco, California to Doyle and Jean Wade. He passed away in Houston, Texas on April 26, 2020. Rick was born into a military family and traveled the world. He spent his younger years in the Philippines, Texas, France, Montana and California. He learned to speak fluent French.

Rick graduated from the Air Force Academy and proudly served his country during the Vietnam war, primarily in Thailand. He received his Masters from CA Berkley and was accepted to the PhD program at Berkley. Instead, he chose to follow his lifelong dream of being a musician. He was an excellent guitar and keyboard player as well as a great singer and harmonizer. Rick loved to entertain and was always the life of the party. He was the best friend anyone could have. Later he moved to Houston to become a mortgage loan officer and to marry his high school sweetheart from Montana.

Rick is survived by his loving wife, Judy; his father, Chief Master Sgt. Doyle Wade and Matt Pierce and family. He passed on his musical talents to his beloved granddaughter Grace who he loved and adored. He will be missed by family and his many friends.

A Celebration of Life service honoring Rick will be held at a later date. Service information will be announced when it becomes available.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Charles (Chad) Cohoon

May 5, 2020

I only had the honor of knowing Rick for a few weeks but was already looking forward to a long relationship. Rick's financial VA expertise connected us and to our amazement we found that we had in his words an amazing "synchronicity". We both had been USAF "Missileers", had lived in Panama City, Montana, Sacramento, and now Houston, were both Guitarists & Keyboardists with a passion for music, and both Taylor Guitar aficionados. Our birthdays were even 5 days apart. I am so truly sorry for this loss and am praying for Rick's family and friends that I know will so keenly feel his vacancy in their lives. I feel I have missed out on gleaning from a man worth having as a mentor. May God bless the Wade and extended families and rain down His care upon you in this season. Rick seemed to have lived a life both worth emulating and celebrating.

My sincerest condolences and respect.

Capt. Chad Cohoon & Family


May 5, 2020

Judy & Family - Thinking of you during this sorrowful time. I'll always remember Rick with a big smile and sense of humor, always great with a story. Working with Rick the last 10 years or so has been a true joy and he will be deeply missed. We shared an immediate bond through our military service and desire to assist Veterans with home purchases. What a passion he had for VA loans! Was lucky enough to "tag" along on a couple of his presentations in Real Estate offices around Houston and he could certainly hold court like no other. May your memories bring you peace, comfort, and strength.

- Mark Thaler

Mike Venable

May 2, 2020

I met Rick in the summer of 63 at GAFB in Montana. The start of a strong and long lasting friendship. Many many funny and great memories shared over the years. I last spoke with Rick the Friday before he left us. He was as always himself, concerned about Judy, the recovery efforts from the tornado, and my health. Quick with a smile, always positive, and full of life, that was the Rick I knew. My prayers will continue for Judy and his family. Rick thanx for your service, faithfulness and friendship. I'll miss you buddy and especially our remembrances of your famous " hanging curve ball". RIP peace MY BROTHER, we will see each other again.

Tilford Harp

May 2, 2020

Rick was my classmate (Class of 1970)---he lived around the corner of our dorm---he was in CS-21, and I was in CS-22. Great guy and classmate! RIP. My condolences to the family.

terry petrzelka

May 2, 2020

Joe was a great friend and a fantastic classmate at the Academy. I have not seen or heard from Joe since graduation. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family and with Joe may he rest in peace and look over the family from above...

God bless!!

Dianne & Terry Petrzelka

Joan Potter

May 2, 2020

i knew Rick, mostly through the eyes - and heart -of Judy, as we worked together in our very small office as teachers in Houston. They let me be an honorary member of the Glascow AFB group., and i enjoyed seeing pics of them as kids. I enjoyed the pics and videos of Rick and his protege, Grace, as they jammed together on guitars. Hopefully he took a nap and woke up in Paradise.

Tom O'Meara

May 1, 2020

So happy to know Rick at US Air Force Academy. Many accomplishment there, especially his grades and creativity. We will be missing his great music. Tom O’Meara, USAFA Class of ‘70.

Jeffrey Krauser

May 1, 2020

I knew Rick at the Academy. We had numerical classes together. He was just an acquaintance but what I remember was he was a person who was easily to be friends with. My condolences to his family. And it sounds like he had a life well lived. RIP.

Walter Fey

May 1, 2020

At the Academy, I know Rick as Joe, and we would frequently find time to pull out our guitars and sing and play together. We particularly liked the songs of Mason Williams, and would loudly belt them out. He had a wonderful sense of humor and an engaging smile. After one of our Academy Class reunions, we reestablished contact and later spent a wonderful afternoon in San Francisco, remembering times past and reinventing what we had forgotten. He will be truly missed. Wally

Rick Ratliff

April 30, 2020

So saddened to hear of Rick's passing on, he will be missed and remembered, especially when we GAFB friends and family gather and recall the good ole days at GAFB. Rick was the next to BEST paper boy on GAFB and delivered the 2nd BEST newspaper... after me (HA)…. but the BEST looking of the 2. May the family feel our LORDS's love and strength during this period of adjustment to the loss of Rick's presence. May you have HIS joy and peace; and know you/we will see Rick again. Wishing you happiness, health and love.


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