Kenneth "Wade" Wahlbrink
Wade Wahlbrink, 40, passed away April 22, 2007. He was born Feb. 7, 1967, in St. Louis, Mo., to Arthur Wahlbrink and B. Joyce (Williams) Wahlbrink.Wade grew up in Marble, where as a child he gained an appreciation for the surrounding wilderness. He remained in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys for his entire adult life.He met his wife Kristen on a spelunking trip, and quickly became a cherished member of her family. They married May 9, 1991.Wade was a devoted family man, always camping, climbing, rappelling and caring for his family who loved him deeply. Returning to Marble, he moved into the house he built for himself and his family. Through his many years in Marble, he emerged as a community leader in his own quiet, private way. He spoke from a position of immense respect and wisdom gained from his years knowing the area. He was as caring and giving a friend as one can have and was also willing to help anyone with a problem if he had the means.Wade founded the business Building Integrity, and built many houses throughout this valley. As a testament to his honesty and integrity, after his role of builder was completed he had lasting friendships with his clients. His craftsmanship was impeccable, but perhaps even more impressive was his ability as a teacher and he easily trained many apprentices.Wade was a member of the U.S. Hang Gliding Association, and his true passion was to fly.He is survived by his wife; son Erik (Lila) Semrau; daughter Nicole Marie Semrau; brother A. Paul Wahlbrink; sister Lynn (Ted) Churchill; nephews and nieces Michael, Jordon, Landon, and Taylor Churchill; and many cherished friends.Wade was preceded in death by his parents. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Marble Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be made to the Marble Charter School, 412 W. Main, Marble, CO 81623. Farnum Holt Funeral Home has been entrusted with the arrangements.
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