Wade Werner

Born in Greenbay, WI on September 28, 1958

Departed on March 1, 2017 and resided in Greenbrier, TN

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Wade Corey Werner, passed away on Wednesday, March 1, 2017, in his Greenbrier home. He was 58.
After nine months of battling lung cancer, treatment failed Wade and he is resting pain free in heaven. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Mrs. Sally Werner (Gandt); two sons, Wade Corey Werner II (wife Christy), Matthew Werner (wife Terri); eight grandchildren, Makayla, Jaydon, Colton, James, Aniston, Jazzi, Maddex, and Dirk.
He is also survived by his eight siblings, Wendy Gandt (husband Herman), Wayne Werner, Wanda Wasurick (husband Wayne), Ward Werner (wife Lynell), Wanita Frederick (husband Mica), Waylene Santspree (husband Mike), Winette Werner, and Wesley Werner (wife Misty). Four sister-in-laws, Donna Gandt, Mary Ann Schelk, Helen Raddant, and Janet Gandt. Two brother-in-laws, Herman Gandt (wife Wendy), and Richard Gandt (wife Kari). Along with many, many nieces and nephews.
Born Sept. 28, 1958, in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to the late Douglas and Betty Werner. From his youth, Werner learned from his father how to build and create and fix things. He developed a passion for golf while playing/competing with/against his father and brothers. His childhood home in Abrams, Wisconsin was filled with much love. While in high school Wade played iron-man football and was a four-year letter winner for Oconto Falls (the Panthers). He went on to serve in the United States Army from 1977 to 1985. Wade served multiple tours overseas in Germany and was taught how to operate heavy equipment as a trade while in the service.
In the spring of 1974, at the age of 15, Werner met and fell in love with his soulmate; Sally Gandt of Gillett, Wisconsin. The two would marry on Sept. 24, 1977 and begin an amazing love story. While traveling (stationed) around the United States and abroad together, Wade and Sally (Sal) brought two sons into the world; Wade Corey (in 1980) and Matthew (in 1983). After exiting from the Army, Werner would become a very skilled and sought after heavy equipment operator in Northeast Wisconsin thanks to his military training and drive for excellence. Werner would eventually move to Joelton, TN in the fall of 2004 where he quickly became the Superintendent of Sessions Paving in Nashville, TN. Werner was a dedicated employee and proudly served Sessions for over a decade.
Big Wade truly had a larger-than-life personality and a very generous heart. He would help anyone including strangers at the drop of a hat. He would light up a room with his smile and silly personality. He wouldn’t just play games or spend time with people, he would compete and love people. His drive and passion to support his friends and family was second to none and his greatest joy. His personality and competitive nature led him to be very active in competing in amateur golf events and professional bass fishing tournaments.
As a tournament bass fisherman, Werner won many tournaments. Most notably the 1996 Midwest Bass Classic Championship. He taught his son Wade Corey and his grandson Colton how to fish and they both competed in tournaments with him. He taught his sons and grandchildren how to golf and this was his true passion. Werner would golf competitively as much as possible and in his many, many years of playing golf he had five career hole-in-ones to go along with countless 2-man partner tournament victories with Wade Corey, Matthew, and Colton as his different partners. Lastly, he was the first ever inductee to the BRAG Cup Hall of Fame in February of 2017.
Werner was a devoted husband and soulmate to one woman his entire life. Tough but encouraging father to two sons that wouldn’t be the husband’s and father’s they are today without his guidance and example. Fun and helpful brother and brother in-law. Welcoming and lovable father-in-law to two special young ladies. And finally a compassionate, sweet, tender, supportive, available, and loving grandfather to all of his grandchildren. Wade Werner will truly be missed.
A celebration of his life will take place this Saturday, March 4th at Springfield Funeral Home. Visitation will be held from 10:00a.m to 2:00p.m with a funeral service to follow at 2:00p.m. Burial will be at Springfield Memorial Gardens. Paul Bearers will be; Wade Corey Werner II, Matthew Werner, Herman Gandt, Wesley Werner, Mike Santspree, and Nick Schreiter. Service will be officiated by Dr. Matthew Browning.
The family would like to thank Dr. Leora Horn, the entire medical staff at Vanderbilt Medical Center and Alive Hospice for their compassion and care during the past nine months.
Springfield Funeral Home and Memorial Gardens are in charge of all arrangement. 4005 Memorial Gardens, Springfield, TN 37172.

20 Comments to Mr. Wade Werner

  1. Carole Chandler
    March 2, 2017 8:53 pm

    I shall always fondly remember how special Wade made anyone feel who ever crossed paths with him. His loving relationship with Sally was something that happens in movies. I feel so blessed for having the pleasure of knowing him. Sally, Wade, and Matt along with the entire family are in my prayers.

  2. Debra (Wermer) Senechal
    March 2, 2017 9:09 pm

    My deepest sympathies for this extreme loss. Only God knows why he needed this amazing husband, father and grandfather but He did. It says a lot about his character by the loving way his family talks about him and the way they honor him. As his aunt, I knew him all his life. We grew up together. I was 5 when he came along. I remember the first thing I wanted to do on a visit was hold him. Love to the whole family. Through the Love of God he well be blessed in eternity as he was here. God bless. Love aunt Deb

  3. Sue (Fischer) Ladwig
    March 2, 2017 9:36 pm

    Sorry for your loss, prayers to you and your family, my deepest sympathy a.

  4. Paul an LuAnn Stenstrup
    March 2, 2017 10:19 pm

    To the Wade Warner family,
    Paul and I are sending are prayers and are condolences in difficult time know that we are thinking of you

  5. Jeff &'Brenda Kadlec & family
    March 3, 2017 6:02 am

    So sorry for your loss! Our old neighbors our thoughts & prayers are with you! Gob Bless you all!??

  6. Cathie Jaeger Erdmann
    March 3, 2017 8:29 am

    Sally, I am very sorry for your loss. May God be with you in your time of sorrow

  7. Douglas and Frances Boyd
    March 3, 2017 9:17 am

    So sorry for your loss. We were only neighbors for a short time but Wade made us feel that we had known him forever.His outgoing personality and kindness will be remembered.

  8. Jennie and Dave Dirks
    March 3, 2017 9:53 am

    Sally, please accept my sincere condolences, if I were with you I would give you a huge hug. Pass on my condolences to the rest of your family. Love to you my dear cousin.

  9. Paul & Gail Yatso
    March 3, 2017 10:24 am

    Our deepest condolences to you and your family. May you find peace in the wonderful memories of Wade. Sending thoughts and prayers from Oconto Falls, WI
    Paul and Gail Yatso, class of 1978.

  10. Luanne Devroy Torre
    March 3, 2017 2:34 pm

    During Junior High and High School Wade was a kind, caring and happy young man. I was fortunate to call him my friend.

    My deepest Condolences to his family. You are all in my prayers and thoughts at this sad time. You will all be together again one day. Memories in your heart will keep him with you forever. God Bless.

  11. Dawn (Ashton) Schuessler
    March 3, 2017 4:02 pm

    With deepest sympathy, You will be in our thoughts today and during the difficult days ahead
    So very sorry for your loss
    May god hold all of you close

  12. Beth Buss
    March 3, 2017 4:03 pm

    My deepest sympathies on your loss…..

  13. Sandi & Bill Smith, Shawano , Wi.
    March 3, 2017 4:36 pm

    For the short time that we knew Wade, he was a wonderful person all around. He sold us a boat in 2004 before moving to Tennessee and we got to know the family man side of him, so devoted, so caring.. He will truely be missed by so many people.. RIP Mr Werner.. you were one of the good guys.

  14. Darri & Debbie Winans
    March 3, 2017 9:09 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to you Sally and your sons and their families! Such a sad loss and such a young age, Darri always talked about Wade and standing up for your wedding! So when I finally got to meet you both, I understood why he had so many stories. It’s been many years since then and we have often wondered about you guys and where the path had led you, his beautiful obituary says it all. So sorry for your loss of your best friend, husband and your forever! Please know you will be in our thoughts and prayers for a very long time to come.

  15. Murriel & Shirley Walker ~ Ashland City, TN
    March 3, 2017 11:56 pm

    Sally, so sorry for your loss, thinking of you and the family.

  16. Pam and Pat
    March 4, 2017 12:42 am

    Sal and family, so sorry to hear of Wade’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Sending. Love and hugs to you!

  17. Kelly Smith (Bill & Sandi Smith's daughter)
    March 4, 2017 8:44 am

    Sending prayers to the entire family during this difficult time. May the Lord comfort you all and keep you all close in his loving/caring arms.

  18. Tom and Karen Lutz - Oconto Falls, WI
    March 4, 2017 4:07 pm

    Condolences to Wade’s family. We are so sorry for your loss and sending prayers and hugs from Wade’s Abrams School teacher (Mr. Lutz)

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