John Edward Shade

July 1, 1937 - January 15, 2023
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After being diagnosed less than a month ago with Stage 4 prostate cancer, John Edward Shade, 85, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2023, after a brief stay at The Springs in Lafayette. John was born on July 1, 1937, in Indianapolis, Indiana to Carl H. and Marjorie (Lackey) Shade. However, John was raised andContinue Reading

Aaron Miller left a message on January 28, 2023:
To all of Herr Shade's friends, family, and former students, I offer my sincere condolences. Like so many others, Herr Shade had a tremendous impact on my life. I took three years of German at WLHS. I had so much fun and learned so much. Herr Shade was certainly unique. He told great stories and had a great sense of humor. He inspired me to also be a teacher. I try to bring a little of Herr Shade into each of the classes I teach. Vielen Dank Herr Shade.
Trevor Kleineahlbrandt left a message on January 26, 2023:
It was through Herr Shade that I began my commitment to learning German. He was a great teacher and positive influence and inspired me to continue my German studies. While he would no doubt disapprove of my cavalier attitude toward proper gender categorization as well as my indifference to correct use of non-subject pronouns, I am sure he would be proud of my fluency regardless. Recht herzlichen Dank, Herr Shade!
Mandy Dinger Newman left a message on January 22, 2023:
Herr Shade was my German teacher at West Lafayette High School. He was one of my favorite teachers. He was engaging, used humor and in his class you learned to speak German. I still remember a little. Thank you Herr Shade for investing in your students. Auf Wiedersehen.
Silvia left a message on January 21, 2023:
Herr Shade’s German classes eventually led me to live in Germany for a decade. Back than, we didn’t believe his stories about the “schoene Maria”, and we laughed when he told us year after year that he was 39, but he did get us to speak German an awful lot. What a great foundation he gave all of us.
Scott Moore left a message on January 18, 2023:
Herr Shade was an amazing teacher that got everyone speaking and using German. His patience, positive demeanor and indeed showmanship taught West Side students the power of knowing and using another language.Many of his students, like me, went on to live, work or study in German armed with a fearless fluency that Herr Shade instilled in us. He changed the paths of generations of West Siders and his legacy and memory will live on!
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Scott Meyer left a message on January 18, 2023:
A remarkable teacher whose pursuit of excellence influenced his students to not only learn German, but to truly understand how well-spoken, educated Germans speak the language. It’s not an exaggeration to say that my career and life would not have been the same without him…my knowledge of German was so strong, I was hired as an intern at Colgate-Palmolive in Hamburg, which in turn was a unique differentiator that made the difference in my acceptance to Columbia University’s MBA program, setting me on a successful career path.Herr Shade’s humor was a constant presence in every class and made students want to learn; his was a class everyone enjoyed and looked forward to attending. Sadly, there are few teachers like him today who can be such a lifelong influence on their students’ lives. He is missed.Ruhe in Frieden.
Cathy Kolar left a message on January 18, 2023:
I had Herr Shade as a German teacher for three years in West Lafayette, and he has had a lasting impact on my life. He was a wonderful teacher and person, and will be greatly missed by so many, including thousands of students.
Dick Cupka left a message on January 18, 2023:
I truly enjoyed 4 years of High School German with Herr Shade. He was an excellent teacher and took time to know his students. Although my German is now rusty I have used it occasionally and think of him fondly when I do. auf Wiedersehen Herr Shade! Herr Cupka (WLHS class of 1975)
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