Sunset Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens

8800 North Alpine Road, Machesney Park, IL


Francis W. Wade

March 25, 1928February 7, 2020

Francis Warner Wade was born on March 25, 1928 to Alma Elizabeth (nee Keller) and Francis Edward Wade in Richland Center, Wisconsin. Francis graduated from R.C. High School in 1946 and went on to enlist in the United States Army that same year serving in the office of General Patten as an aid. On June 30, 1951 he married the love of his life, Marilyn Joyce Kolley. Francis became a Chaplain for River Bluff Nursing Home and the Winnebago county jail. He joined the auxiliary police in 1975 and went on to become a paramedic. Francis was a proud veteran, an avid photographer and camper, and a very active member in New Life Bible Church. Above all, there was nothing he loved more than his family. Francis passed away February 7, 2020.

Francis is Survived by seven children; seventeen grandchildren; forty-one great grandchildren; two great great grandchildren. Francis was predeceased by his wife Marilyn and his brother and five sisters.

A Celebration of Life Visitation will be Friday, February 14, 2020 from 9am until the time of service at 11am at New Life Bible Church (US Route 20 & Hoisington Rd, Winnebago, IL 61088). Private Entombment. In lieu of flowers the family asks that memorials be made out to New Life Bible Church.


  • Celebration of Life Visitation Friday, February 14, 2020
  • Celebration of Life Funeral Service Friday, February 14, 2020


Francis W. Wade

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Kevin Wichman

February 14, 2020

Francis was a mentor and a friend to me. He was the first one to greet me and pray for me at New Life. He is an example for all of us to live by. His love was never questioned. Saddened by his passing but so happy for him that he is in the presence of his Savior. Rest in peace brother. I'll see you again.

Danyelle Arbour

February 12, 2020

Grandpa was a kind man with a big heart. He always greeted everyone with the biggest and truest smile. He loved telling stories of his time as a paramedic or of my dad growing up. He was a wonderful grandpa and he will be missed. We love you, Grandpa! Your stardust shines bright!
Love Danni, Tim, Brandon, and Genevieve

Chris Mulkins

February 11, 2020

To know this gracious and grateful man
of God has been a true blessing. Being able to give back to him by arranging his Honor Flight to Washington DC was a true joy. It took everything not to cry as this man thanked me time and time again. Thank you Francis.

Ralph Carr

February 11, 2020

Francis said he had the tenacity of a Banty Rooster . I suspect he did. More than once he got knocked down, but he got back up with resiliency and tried something new. There is much to admire in such a person. I trust him into the hands of God.

God is the God of all comfort . Jesus,as a comforter, promised another abiding comforter, the Holy Spirit. May those who know loss and grief know also Gods Comfort..
Amen, Ralph Carr