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David Alan Lade

July 23, 1955 ~ January 18, 2021 (age 65)


David Alan Lade was born to Orvil Ray and Margaret JoAnne (Tucker) Lade on July 23, 1955 at the Lutheran Hospital in Beatrice, Nebraska.  David passed away in Morgan, Utah and was found on Monday January 18, 2021.

He was raised on the family farm near Vesta, NE until the family moved into Tecumseh in 1959.  He spent the rest of his life living here.

David was baptized on August 21, 1955 by Rev. Paul Sellman and his sponsors were Ralph and Ruth Lantz.  He was confirmed on May 25, 1969 by Reverend Charles Piazza also at St. John's Lutheran Church in Tecumseh, NE.  David attended Tecumseh Public Schools and graduated from Tecumseh Jr. -Sr. High School in 1973.

David was united in marriage to the love of his life Mary J. Laug on April 12, 1975 at St. Paul’s United Church of Christ (Maple Grove) rural Tecumseh by Pastor Leo Zillig. To this union two awesome, incredible sons were born Michael David and Chad Russell.

Dave drove a cement truck for many years for Tecumseh Concrete before becoming an over the road truck driver.  His career was spent driving for Bulk Carriers in Auburn, NE, Total Transportation, Crete Carriers and JTI for Robert & Connie Brown in Lincoln, NE.  In 1991, Dave decided to purchase his own truck and leased onto JTI until they were purchased by US Express in Chattanooga, TN.  Dave spent 38 years on the road and millions of miles with these companies.  He was very proud of his yellow Peterbilt's that he owned through the years. David & Mary traveled many miles through the years. He was not only honored with One, but also Two & Three Million Miles of Safe Driving through his career with JTI & US Express.  In 2019, Dave parked his beloved yellow Peterbilt and he and Mary started driving a truck for Schulz Transportation in Lincoln, NE.  Dave was delivering a load for Schulz and doing what he loved when he passed away while in his semi.

He loved spending time when he was off the road with his grandchildren and watching them in all their sporting activities.  Dave loved to fish with his sons, grandkids, and the rest of his family.  He also enjoyed gardening and loved his flowers.

David is survived by his wife Mary, sons Michael Lade and special friend Amy Hess of Waverly, NE and Chad Lade and wife Sarah of Lincoln, NE, grandchildren Grace Ryann, Addyson Nicole, Kael Michael, Isaac Dale and Savannah Mary Lade and Lakley Elaine, brothers and sisters-in-law, Steve and Mary Lade of Douglas, NE,  Les Lade of Sterling, NE, Ronald and Shirley Lade and Bruce and Christy Lade all of Tecumseh, NE, sisters and brothers in law,  Linda and Brad Meints of Cameron, MO, Sue and Jim Hill of Beatrice, NE,  Pam Plager of Table Rock, NE and Sarah and Dan Sears of Sterling, NE, step-brother,  Mitchell Howard of Kearney, NE.  

Sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Joyce and Roland Sporhase of Steinauer, NE, Nancy and Steve Sholin of Omaha, NE, Lyle and Tammy Laug of Tecumseh, NE, along with many nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

David is preceded in death by grandson Hayden Russell Lade, parents Orvil and Joanne Lade, parents-in-law Clarence and Merla Laug and brother-in-law Gene Plager.

David was cremated in Utah so that he could be brought home.  Part of the memorials in Dave's honor will be dedicated to Truckers Final Mile who assisted Mary, Michael and Chad with bringing David home on his FINAL MILE.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30, 2021 at St. Paul's United Church of Christ (Maple Grove), (723 Road/ 616 Avenue), rural Tecumseh, NE with Pastor Eric Biehl officiating.  The service will be radio broadcast on FM 88.7 for those choosing to stay in their vehicles and also livestreamed on the Wherry Mortuary/Wherry Monument Facebook page for those unable to attend in person.  David was a trucker and didn’t like to dress up.  He always wanted to be comfortable and always said he did not want anyone to dress up for his funeral, so casual attire is suggested. 

Register book signing will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, 2021 at the Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh, Nebraska. 

Inurnment will be held at a later date in the St. Paul's U.C.C. (Maple Grove) Cemetery, rural Tecumseh, Nebraska.  

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Register Book Signing
January 29, 2021

9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Wherry Mortuary, Tecumseh
202 N. 3rd Street
Tecumseh, NE 68450

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Celebration of Life
January 30, 2021

1:00 PM
St. Paul's United Church of Christ (Maple Grove)
72257 616 Avenue
Tecumseh, NE 68450

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