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Wade Garett Woxland, 49

Wade Garett Woxland, 49, passed away peacefully at home, surrounded by the love of his family on Dec. 28, following a valiant, extensive battle with cancer.

An avid cyclist, Wade counted the fight for his life another endurance challenge and he embraced it with courage and perseverance to the very end.

Born June 13, 1964, in Millington, Tenn., Wade was the son of Rushford, Minn., residents Gary and Mary Woxland, and he was an avid, life-long Vikings fan regardless of their win/loss record.

Upon graduating from Winona High School in 1983, Wade immediately entered the United States Navy, where he served as an Aviation Machinist Mate (Air crewman, Enlisted Aviation Warfare Specialist) until retiring from service in 2004.

Wade married Nicole R. Gitt nearly 18 years ago - a decision he called "among the best he ever made" in his life. The couple spent enough time residing in Nebraska to convince their three sons that they were official Huskers, but they relocated to Denver, Colo., in 2009.

Wade's indomitable spirit and lasting legacy lives on in the lives of Nicole and their three children, Garett, Connor, and Jakob. All boys are dedicated students and competitive gymnasts who share Wade's heartfelt compassion for others. Wade is also survived by his daughter Jessica Woxland of Massena, N.Y.; his parents; four siblings; and an extensive extended family - all of whom reside in Minnesota.

A memorial service will be held on Friday, Jan. 3, at Crosswalk Center (Denver Church of Christ officiating) located at 3651 S. Colorado Blvd., Cherry Hills Village, CO 80113.

In lieu of flowers or other tributes, the family requests donations are made to the Woxland Scholarship Fund at any US BANK.

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