- 22 years old
- Date of birth: Feb 27, 1989
- Date of passing: Mar 9, 2011
|Let the memory of Andrew be with us forever|
Spc. Andrew Paul Wade of Antioch Spc. Andrew Paul Wade, 22, passed away Wednesday, March 9, 2011, while serving in the Army in Afghanistan. He was born Feb. 27, 1989, in Fort Hood, Texas, the son of Douglas and Elizabeth (nee Hagedorn) Wade. He grew up in Antioch and was a member of St. Peter Church. Andrew was a 2007 graduate of Antioch Community High School, where he was a very active soccer player. He started with the varsity team for two years; one of which he was one of the few juniors to aid the team in winning the regional and divisional championships including the North Suburban Conference Prairie Division crown, assisting on one of the two goals that led to the victory. He was named for All-Sectional Honors by the Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association and the Daily Herald All-Area Team in 2006. Andrew also played with the Chicago Kickers Soccer Club for six years. He joined the Army in September 2008 as a fifth generation soldier and completed his basic training at Fort Benning, Ga. Andrew was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, N.Y. In spring of 2010, he was deployed to serve in Afghanistan to support Operation Enduring Freedom. He earned many decorations and awards including the NATO Medal, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, and the Combat Infantryman Badge. Survivors include his parents, Elizabeth and Douglas Wade of Antioch; his sister, Alicia (Damon) Litchfield of Avondale, Ariz.; two brothers, Steven and Jonathan Wade, both of Antioch; his maternal grandmother, Mary Jane Hagedorn and his maternal grandfather, Richard Hagedorn; two nieces, Veronica Mauritz and Haley Braverman; and two nephews, Derrion and Dominic Litchfield. He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents, Paul and Deloriouse Wade.
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