Elvin grew up in the Slabtown and Raymondville area, graduating from Houston High School. He joined the Army, December 20, 1945 and honorably discharged December 7, 1946. Elvin taught school in Texas County until 1953, when he moved his new family to Taft, CA, to work in the oilfields. He spent the next 30 years working in the oilfield for Standard Oil Company, and then established several of his own businesses, while also working as the Production Superintendent for General Crude until his retirement in 1980.
After retirement, he and Ardith moved back to the Houston area, where they opened Wade Shoes for a short time, while Elvin built a house on what is now called the Rocking 4W Ranch, south of Houston because his first love – besides his family – was working with cattle and horses.
Elvin married Ardith Ann Hinkle, April 3, 1949. From that union, 4 sons were born: Tim, 1950, Paul, 1953, Mark, 1955, and Matthew in 1957. After 49 years of marriage, Ardith passed away. Elvin married Bernita Kauffman Liechty, July 1998, a wonderful addition to the Wade family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Azle and Evan and sister, Jeannette.
Elvin is survived by his wife Bernita, sons and families: Tim and wife Claudia, Cody, WY, and granddaughters Kristin Wade Hyatt (Ken), Highland Ranch, CO, and Adrienne Wade Contreras (Dan), Highland Ranch, CO and great granddaughter Kennedy Contreras. Paul and Mary, Bakersfield, CA, grandson Matthew (Lindi), Bakersfield, CA, and great grandson Dante and great granddaughter Presley and granddaughter Amy Wade Crosby (Ryan), Boise, ID, and great granddaughters Kate, Lola and Dagne. Mark and Cheryl, Fillmore, CA, grandsons Evan (Meagan), Dallas, TX, Grant (Brande), Fillmore, CA, Harrison (Karen), Fillmore, CA and granddaughter Ariana (Nick), Joshua Tree, CA, and great grandson, Jivan. Matthew and Judy, Taft, CA, and grandsons Ryan, Taft, CA, and great grandson Tristen; Jason (Camilla), San Diego, and great grandson Mattias. Also survived by brother Buck Wade, Houston, MO and sister Mildred Altman, Lakeland, FL and other family members.
Elvin will be missed by all that knew him. He loved the Lord and served in various positions at Faith Fellowship. He also enjoyed ministering to young men that helped work his cattle operation at the Rocking 4W Ranch, south of Houston.