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Wade (Kenneth) Wahlbrink

Aspen, CO ColoradoWade Wahlbrink was born on Feb. 7, 1967, to Arthur Wahlbrink and B. Joyce (Williams) Wahlbrink in St. Louis. He passed away April 22, 2007. He was 40 years old.Wade grew up in Marble, where as a child he gained an appreciation for the surrounding wilderness equaled by few. He remained in the Roaring Fork and Crystal River valleys for his entire adult life and 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, repelling 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. Even as young as he was, he spoke from a position of immense respect and wisdom gained from his years knowing the area combined with pure ways. He was as caring and giving a friend as one can have, but, he was also willing to help anyone with a problem if he had the means.Wade founded Building Integrity and built many houses throughout this valley. As a testament to his honesty and integrity, it is noteworthy that 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. Hangliding organization, and his true passion was to fly.Wade is preceded in death by his parents, Arthur and B. Joyce (Williams) Wahlbrink. He is survived by his wife of 20 years, Kristen (Edwards) Wahlbrink; son Erik Semrau and his wife Lila; daughter Nicole Marie Semrau; brother A. Paul Wahlbrink; sister Lynn Churchill and husband Ted; nephews and nieces Michael, Jordon, Landon, and Taylor Churchill; and many cherished friends.There will be a celebration of Wade’s life at 1 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the Marble Community Church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests and appreciates donations to the Marble Charter School, 412 W. Main, Marble, CO 81623.


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