Joe Wade - 1963
Bio & Picture from 40th Reunion
graduation from Hickman High School in 1963, I attended the University
of Missouri for two years prior to going to the Army. I entered the
service of Uncle Sam in March 1966, Went to Vietnam in September 1966.
Spent one year in Vietnam and was released from tthe Army in March 1968.
After the Army, I returned to Columbia Missouri, went to work for State
Farm Insurance in the Data Processing Department. I was able to work
at night and continue my education during the day on a part time basis.
I graduated from Columbia College in 1974 with a degree in business.
I got married in 1971 to Nancy Fisher who grew up near Centralia, MO and
graduated from the Centralia High School in 1965. Nancy and I had
two children, Pat who is now 32 and Krista who is now 27. Pat works
for American Airlines in St. Louis and Krista is a Nurse at the Columbia
Regional Hospital. Pat has not married, Krista is married with two
I have continued my employment with State Farm holding
several different positions. For the past 20 years, I have worked
in the training department, most of which was involved in the training
of agents in the Missouri Region. At present, I am responsible for
both the agent training, and employee training as assistant manager for
the Central Zone. State Farm is going through lots of reorganization
pains at the present time, and I have elected to retire after 36 years
at the end of April, 2004. Nancy has worked for Stephens College
here in Columbia for the past 25 years, and she will retire at the end
of the school year at Stephens at about the same time that I do.
We look forward to traveling throughout the United States and enjoying
Picture from State
Farm files a few years ago
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