Wade M. “Jackie” Eaglin, age 79, of Madison, Indiana formerly of North Vernon, died Wednesday, February 24, 2021, at 11:47 p.m. at the King’s Daughters’ Hospital in Madison, Indiana.
Born on September 19, 1941, in Madison, Indiana. He was the loving son of the late Jack M. and Laura Maxine Sherman Eaglin. He was raised in Jefferson County and graduated in 1959 from Dupont High School where he played baseball and basketball. He was raised in the Catholic faith and was Baptized at the St. Mary’s Catholic Church in downtown Madison. In 1963 Wade was united in marriage to Carolyn Lee Chilton. This union was blessed with a son, Anthony Wade and a daughter, Karen Lynn. Wade was inducted into the United States Army on April 5, 1966 in Louisville, Kentucky. He rose to the rate of Specialist Four serving in the HHC 16th Armor Group during the Vietnam War, having served two tours of duty. While serving those two tours he was exposed to Agent Orange which affected his health for the rest of his life. He was honorably discharged in April 4, 1968 from Fort Knox, Kentucky receiving the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. Wade was transferred to the Reserves and was discharged on April 4, 1972. He began working early in life on the farm and helping other farmers. Wade also worked for awhile for the Butler Dairy in downtown Madison. He then began a career with the Cummins Engine Company in 1965 working for 10 years in the Machine Shop and then 10 1/2 years in Supervision until retiring from that position in 1985. He then began a career with the Federal Government working at the Jefferson Proving Ground and the Blue Grass Army Depot from 1986-1997 working in explosives testing and demolition. He then worked for Heritage Community Bank working in purchasing for the 14 banks in Central and Southern Indiana. He last worked for Ace Hardware from 2006-2008 and retired. While living in North Vernon, Wade was a member and Past President of the North Vernon Senior Center. He held membership in the Madison Moose Lodge No. 765, the Madison VFW Post No. 1969, the Seymour American Legion Post No. 89 and the North Vernon Baptist Church in North Vernon. He moved back to his native Madison in August 2020 and was attending the Ryker’s Ridge Baptist Church. Wade’s “ I did it my way” could be seen through out his meticulous life. He was an honest, hard working, contributing man who loved his family, his community and his country.
Wade will be missed by his loving granddaughter, Heather (Josh) Purvis, grandson, Christopher Eaglin; his four great grandchildren; his brothers, Fred (Jeanie) Eaglin of Spring Hill, Florida, Vincent Eaglin of Madison, Karl (Sharon) Eaglin of Madison, Monte (Tina) Eaglin of Canaan, Myron Eaglin (Kim) of Madison; his sisters, Linda (Jim) Lohrig of Madison, Patricia (Clarence) Wullenweber , Clarence Jr., Marcella Brierly of Madison, Marilyn (Rick) Imel of Madison, numerous nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife , Carolyn Lee Chilton Eaglin Berry, son, Anthony Wade “Tony” Eaglin, his daughter, Karen Lynn Eaglin, his brother, Dr. Roy Eaglin, grandparents, Roy and Leona Sherman and Oliver and Sarah Eaglin, his brother in law, Bill “Bubba” Brierly, his uncle who was like his brother, Ronnie Sherman.
Funeral services were conducted Tuesday, March 2, 2021, at 1 p.m., by Dr. Kevin Crouch and Myron Eaglin at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana. Interment followed in the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery,1415 North Gate Road in Madison, Indiana.
Friends called Monday from 4 p.m. — 7 p.m. and Tuesday from 11 a.m. until the time of service at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, 325 Demaree Drive in Madison, Indiana.
A final salute will be conducted and military honors provided by the Major Samuel Woodfill Post No. 9 of the American Legion.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Senior Center at North Vernon or the Wreaths Across American Project for Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Cards are available at the Morgan & Nay Funeral Centres of Madison and Hanover. Online condolences, remembrances and memorials can be left at www.morgan-nay.com