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Wade F. Hampton Jr

May 24, 1931 - May 25, 2021


Wade F. Hampton JrSurrounded by family at home in Salem Oregon, Wade Firth Hampton Jr. passed away on May 25, 2021, at the age of 90.  He was born May 24, 1931, in Portland Oregon.
 
Wade is survived by his wife of 46 years – Beverly Hampton, his children - Wade Trey Hampton III, Kim Terry (Larry), Carolyn Van Dyke, Dana Waltrip (Jeff), and stepchildren Candie Schuh (Jerry), Karen Kilpatrick (Steve), Patti Moyer (Denny), along with 12 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren.  He’s also survived by his brother, Tom Hampton Laurene and former wife Shirley Hampton.
 
Wade attended Fernwood Grade School and graduated from Grant High School in 1949.  After graduating from Grant High School, he worked for a year before enlisting in the United States Air Force in 1950.  Discharged in 1955, he went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from the University of Oregon with an accounting degree.
 
As a CPA, he started his career working for William P. Hutchison whose firm later merged with Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. which later became KPMG.  He worked for them in Portland, McMinnville, and Salem Oregon and Orange County, California.  He retired from KPMG in 1985 and became the CFO for DEFT Paint Company in Orange County, CA.  He retired a second and final time in 2001 and moved to Bend, Oregon, with his wife Beverly where they lived for 14 years.  During this time, they enjoyed spending winter at their home in Palm Springs.  In 2015, they moved to Salem to be closer to their family.
 
Wade and Beverly loved traveling.  Their trips included Great Britain, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Turkey and Asia.  Wade was a fun-loving, happy go lucky guy who got along with everyone.  He was a dedicated friend who stayed in touch with many of the people he met over the years, including a few that he went to grade school with. 
 
He had the good fortune to be a member at several golf clubs over the years and made many of his friends doing what he loved most – golfing.  He could always be found at the golf course on men’s day playing golf and cards, enjoying himself to the fullest. 
 
In lieu of services, the family requests that donations be made in Wade’s name to one of his favorite charities:  Union Gospel Mission in Salem and The Heritage Foundation. 

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I am so sorry to hear of Wade's passing. My heart goes out to Beverly and his children. Some of my most memorable times were spent with Wade and Bev, we shared laughter, love for each other and a wonderful friendship.I will miss him. With my love, sympathy and care for all of you,
Alix



What a great friend Wade was to our father Ethan Dale. What story’s could be told of his golf and vacations with his buddy’s from the McMinnville area. He always stayed in touch with our dad and remained a good friend. Our condolences to Bev and the kids. He will be missed. I have a smile on my face thinking about him!