OFFBEAT: Legendary losses: Radio's Don Wade and physician husband of Seattle Sutton

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2013-09-10T00:00:00Z OFFBEAT: Legendary losses: Radio's Don Wade and physician husband of Seattle SuttonBy Philip Potempa, (219) 852-4327

Don Wade, the longtime Chicago morning radio personality who shot to fame as a talk radio host opposite his wife Roma, died Friday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 72.

WLS-AM announced his death Sunday on its website, explaining Wade died Friday in Florida with his wife, Roma, at his side.

Listeners woke up to their husband-and-wife show "Don Wade and Roma" for more than two decades on WLS, with web site ranking the couple's 23 years on air as "Chicago's longest running Chicago morning team." In 2011, as Wade's health declined, the station tapped former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, following his impeachment, as a guest host in the couple's WLS broadcast slot.

When the couple briefly returned to the airwaves last year, Wade was very public about his battle with brain cancer and the reason why their morning show had been on hiatus at WLS-AM 890 since September 2012.

In December, they released a statement announcing their decision to not return to the airwaves. Cumulus Media, the station's parent company, also confirmed the couple's contract would be expiring at the end of 2012.

"The daily stress of rising each day at midnight to prep for our 5 a.m. show does not help the healing process," Don and Roma said in the brief statement released last year via their agent Eliot Ephraim.

"So we are choosing a different path and focusing on what's really important for us right now."

A great man

The life of a country doctor is a busy whirlwind of many patients with many varied needs.

I was told over the weekend Dr. Kelly Sutton, 84, the physician husband of nurse-turned-provided dietary meals program founder Seattle Sutton, passed away peacefully at his home in Marseilles, Ill. on Sept. 5.

As a dedicated physician, I'm told he always wanted to give back to the medical field. And in keeping with his request, his body will be donated to medical science. The family is honoring his request of a private celebration of his life to be held at a later date. If desired, donations may be made in Dr. Sutton's name to the 1st Congregational Church of Marseilles or to the City of Marseilles.

He was born on July 2, 1929, in Eldorado, Ill, to Herman and Viva Irene Sutton. His mother died when he was 5-years-old, and he was raised by his father and special aunt, Neda Kane.

A graduate of the University of Illinois, he later obtained his medical degree in 1954 from the University of Illinois School of Medicine. On Aug. 23, 1954, he married Seattle Remboldt, and after a one-year medical internship, he served two years as an officer in the United States Air Force. In 1957, the couple moved to Marseilles, and he began his practice in family medicine which lasted until his retirement in 1996.

It was in 1985, while Seattle was working at her husband's medical practice, the idea was born for creating a new career of providing clients with healthy prepared meals. When Type 2 diabetes patient Rodney Juergensen was handed a list of "foods to eat and not to eat," his reply was: "I will follow your plan if you cook the meals for me." The result became today's Seattle Sutton's Healthy Eating empire.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the writer. He can be reached at or (219) 852-4327.

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