Wayde Drysdale, 93, of Sunnyside left this earth on Thursday, April 4, 2013, to enter into eternal rest with our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
He was born in Kingsburg, Calif. to Joseph and Frances Drysdale in 1919. His family moved to Sunnyside in 1929, where Wayde spent most of his life.
Wayde graduated from Sunnyside High School in 1937. He was active in basketball, swimming and tennis. He played piano, sang in the choir and was in the senior class play.
He worked in his father's cannery, a local bank, and attended Oregon State University and Central Washington State before the war. He enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1942. He subsequently transferred to the Army Specialized Training Program and studied Russian at New York University to serve as an interpreter. He was subsequently attached to the Fighting 69TH Infantry Division and fought in several major engagements including the Battle of Leipzig. His unit attacked pillboxes and other emplacements and was one of the first elements to linkup with the Russians. Wayde received the Combat Infantryman Badge, Bronze Star and a Purple Heart.
After the war, Wayde obtained a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon in 1948. Here he also met and married Marcia Leslie. They were married 48 years before her death in 1997. They enjoyed travel to the Oregon Coast and attended several 69th Infantry reunions.
Wayde worked in sales most of his life. He also owned a furniture and appliance store and several taverns. He bought many rental properties over 40 years and managed them until his death.
Wayde was a devoted and active member of the VFW, Sunnyside Masonic Temple and the Republican Party.
He enjoyed playing tennis into his 80s and was an avid sports fan.
Wayde is survived by his children, Nancy Drysdale Moore of Spokane Valley and Scott Drysdale of Houston, Texas; four grandchildren, Connor Drysdale, Krista Drysdale, Rogina Moore Whittaker and Stan Moore; three great-grandchildren, Marine Lance Corporal Jack Lynch, Erika Whittaker and Mallory Whittaker; his brothers, John Drysdale and Rev. Douglas Drysdale.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brother, Donald Drysdale.
Wayde was very loved by his family and friends and will be greatly missed.
The family thanks the staff at Sun Terrace, Sunnyside Community Hospital, Dr. Madej and Prestige-Care for their caring service.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Wade's name to the VFW.
Visitation will be held Thursday, April 11, 2013, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m., with Reverend Drysdale officiating.
Those wishing to sign Wayde's on-line memorial book may do so at www.funeralhomesmith.com
Smith Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.