Wallace Ted Vogler Wade of Tucson, Ariz., and Traskwood, died March 10 at his home. He was 67.
Born Feb. 19, 1945, in Memphis, Tenn., Ted was the son of Lewis Arthur Wade Jr. and Dorothy Lorraine Casto.
He was the grandson of Lewis Arthur Wade Sr. and Alvina “Vernie” Ulmer of Shelby County, Tenn., and Ralph Bob Casto and Ethel Blassingame of Pulaski County.
Ted was a 1963 graduate of Hall High School in Little Rock, and while in school, was a member of the Naval Reserve. After graduation, he joined the Navy and served two years. While home on leave, he transferred into the Army and served another six years in the 101 Airborne Battalion, 506th Infantry, serving two tours of duty in Vietnam.
After being wounded in battle on his second tour, he received an honorable discharge and returned home. While in the service, he was awarded the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Bronze Star for Valor, Army Commendation Medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry Medal, Combat Infantry Badge 1st Award and Parachutist Badge.
After his discharge from the Army, Ted worked as a deputy sheriff for the Pima County Sheriff’s Department in Arizona and then went into business for himself refinishing furniture and doing antique restoration and upholstery. He also stood in as an “extra” on many movie sets. He enjoyed working with his hands, fishing and doing genealogy research.
In 2002, he retired to Fairfield Bay, where he met and married his wife, Deborah, and they made their home. He transferred his Veterans of Foreign Wars membership and became a life member of Fairfield Bay VFW Post 4513, over time holding the positions of senior vice commander, junior vice commander, quartermaster, adjutant, lounge manager and House Committee chairman and was voted Comrade of the Year.
He was very proud to be a member of this post and worked diligently to make sure that the post remained open during difficult times, even when his health had declined. He was also a continuous member of the Fairfield Bay American Legion since 2003 and a member of the Saline County History and Heritage Society.
In January of 2009, Ted and his wife relocated to Saline County, near his wife’s home town, and they settled in Traskwood.
He was preceded in death by his father; his stepfather, Edward Joseph Vogler Jr.; his stepmother, Lottie Louise (Hart) Wade; his grandparents; and one brother, Edward Frank Vogler. His mother, Dorothy Casto Irwin, passed away on the same day, March 10, later in the evening.
Ted is survived by his wife, Deborah Ann (Smart) Wade of Traskwood; his son, Orlando Anton Wade Vogler of Staten Island, N.Y.; three stepchildren, Joshua and Jessica Helton and Jarrod Robinson of Haskell; his grandchildren, Gabrielle Vogler, Brody McGinty, Cameron Walker and Kynley Helton, all of Tucson, Ariz.; his brother, Ralph Milton Vogler, also of Tucson; his sisters, Vickie Lynn Vogler of San Angelo, Texas, Carolyn Faye Moore of Tucson, Vernie Louise Kim of Ash Grove, Mo., and Bobbi Ruth Bart of Tucson. In addition to his vast family, Ted leaves behind a wealth of friends whom he adored and he takes with him a lifetime of memories from those he spent time with and loved. He will be dearly missed by everyone, who had the pleasure of knowing him.
Following cremation, a memorial service will be held 10 a.m. March 17 at Ashby Funeral Home in Benton. The family is at home at 2429 Holly Creek Road, Traskwood.
In lieu of flowers, Ted had asked that any memorials in his name be made to the Fairfield Bay Animal Protection League, P.O. Box 1460, Fairfield Bay, AR 72088.
Online guest book: www.ashbyfuneralhome.com .