Kenai resident Paul Leonard Quade, formerly of Swisshome, Ore., died Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010 at Central Peninsula General Hospital after a long three-year battle with melanoma cancer. He was 61.
Private services will be held at a later date.
Mr. Quade was born on May 30, 1948, to Theodore and O'Della Quade, the day of the Vanport flood, in Oregon City, Ore. His family moved to Wecoma Beach, Ore., where Paul was raised along with four brothers and three sisters.
Mr. Quade received medical care from the Veteran's Administration in the final months of his life after serving in the United States Navy from 1965-1969 during the Vietnam War.
In 1988 Mr. Quade graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with top honors in architectural studies; again in 1990 Mr. Quade graduated with the same Summa Cum Laude honors at Kenai Peninsula College with Petroleum Technology degrees. He developed, patented and sold his invention, "Handy * Tape" to Sailor Pen Corp. of Japan.
In 1998, Mr. Quade discovered kicksleds from Scandinavia. He purchased sleds from Finland and Norway for his family. His love of the sport later developed into an import business, AlaskaSparken. Mr. Quade hosted several "Peninsula Winter Games" kicksled races, henceforth renamed, The Paul Quade Memorial Kicksled Races. A genuine highlight in Mr. Quade's life was an article about him, kicksleds, and racing, profiled by Associated Press writer Dan Joling, that was picked up by many newspapers around the United States in the spring of 2004.
"He died holding hands with his best friend of 21 years, Jared Minkler. Teresa Werner, his former wife of 20 years and mother of his children, was attentive to his needs during the months preceding his death. He had only kind words for the VA. His sense of humor was sometimes misunderstood, however, he was easily able to see his own faults and find humor in them," his family said.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Della, sister, Joanne Quade, sister-in-law, Dina, and niece, Susan Quade. Mr. Quade is survived by his former wife and the mother of his children, Teresa Werner; children, Wesley Wade-Theodore, Wyatt Will-Simon, and Hetta O'Della-Susan Quade, all of Kenai; sisters and brothers, Andrea Zimmerman of Yuma, Ariz, Neil Quade of Lincoln City, Ore., Harlan Quade of Newport, Ore., Arthur Quade of Rose Lodge, Ore., Brian Quade of Waldport, Ore., and Janice Erickson of Swisshome, Ore.; and numerous nieces and nephews throughout Oregon.
Condolences may be sent to P.O. Box 1544, Kenai, AK 99611 and P.O. Box 235, Swisshome, OR 97480.
Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.
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