It is with tremendous grief that we announce the sudden passing of our beloved son, father, grandpa, brother and loyal friend, Wade Gehl, 59, of Great Falls. Taken too soon from a heart attack, he will be forever in our hearts.
Born in Havre, MT on February 15, 1961 to William and Rose (White) Gehl, Wade’s family moved around quite a lot, owing to his father’s job. Wade graduated from CM Russell High School in 1979 and attended MSU where he earned a BS in Business Finance. He moved to California after graduation and worked as a recruiter for Universal Technical Institute then as an insurance agent with New York Life. He moved back to Great Falls where he became a mortgage lender for the next 18 years. In 2011 he obtained his real estate license.
Growing up he enjoyed playing baseball (pitcher in little league), basketball, football (quarterback) and track & field (high jump) –junior high and high school. As an adult, he loved golf and was very proud of his two hole-in-ones. He was forever an MSU Bobcat and a Green Bay Packers fan and even got to see a home game of his favorite team at Lambeau Field.
Chairman of the Danny Berg Memorial Annual Christmas Dinner, every year he helped to fulfill the founder’s mission that “Nobody should have to spend Christmas alone”. Wade spent countless hours fundraising and organizing volunteers, as well as working on the front lines as a cook, server, and meal deliverer.
Above all, Wade cherished his family and friends. He was a people person who loved to spread smiles and laughter. He cared enough to look you in the eye, shake your hand, and listen to your story. He was a loyal son, a loving big brother, a wonderful father, and the best grandpa. We are all better for having known and loved him.
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