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In Memory of
Richard Dudley Ladage
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Richard Dudley Ladage was sent from the Father’s Heart into this world on September 17, 1957, in St. Paul, MN., to his parents Dave and Mary (Siebert) Ladage. He was called home on December 2, 2021, in Houston, Tx., at the age of 64.
 
He is survived by his loving wife, Karen Ladage; his mother Mary Ladage; his siblings David Ladage, Linda Bailey, Susie Peters, Jim Ladage, Ron Ladage, Tom Ladage and Mary Martin, their spouses and many nieces and nephews. 
 
He was preceded in death by his father, David Ladage.
 
Richard grew up in White Bear Lake, MN. until his family relocated to Glendale, Ca. where he graduated from high school. 
 
Richard and Karen met at their church and were married on October 19, 1991. Papa first introduced Richard to Karen as His servant and that is so very true of him. There are two things that describe Richard: he loved and worshiped God, and he loved to serve others in any way he could. 
 
From the beginning of their relationship, they were involved in ministry together: feeding the homeless in a park downtown Houston; at homeless shelters where he led worship and preached; in prison ministry where he also led worship and taught the inmates to enter into the Presence of God; as well as leading worship at a retirement home. For the past 20 years he worked for Dr. Richard and Peggy Booker in their ministry, Sounds of the Trumpet.
 
It was his joy to serve at our church, Victory Christian Center, as the Men’s Ministry Worship Leader, and as a part of our main worship team. 
 
His calling was sharing the Heart of God with everyone he met, and he never met a stranger. He could strike up a conversation with anyone and have them feeling so relaxed and comfortable that before they knew it, they were sharing their life story with him. He loved having fun, and he loved helping others have fun. He will be so very missed!

Ode to My Beloved
By Karen Ladage 9.17.21
 
You are the Light in my darkness
You are the Son-shine in my day
You are my Hope when I’ve fallen
You bring me Joy in all you say
 
You are my Strength when I am weak
You are my Eyes when I cannot see
You challenge me to greatness
You push me out upon the sea
 
Your Spirit is unquenching
Your Life such a wonder
I am better when I am with you
So I can face ‘come what may’
 
You are my secret weapon
You’re the reason that I stand
You give courage to my weak knees
You put a Sword in my hand
 
I am so very grateful for you
My heart is healed in your love
Through your eyes I’ve seen a me
I would never have dreamed of
 
I thank God for who you are
And for gifting you to me
You are a very precious treasure
Sent to me from heaven above

 

Tributes

Message from
Bubbie aka Alex Low
Fri, 12/10/2021

Richard always always had a heart bigger than him for anybody and everybody. I was adopted as Karen's little spiritual brother but in turn got another big brother through Rick as a result that was family to me.

He would often kid around saying that "See this bubba stick.. if you do anything to hurt my Tweetie I will be so inclined to use it." Knowing how much they loved each other and the love he showed me was unmeasureable.

Thank you for sharing your heart and letting me know that love.

Last time I was in houston was right before Thanksgiving and was only there for a few minutes but got to see him on the platform doing what he loved doing which was worshiping on the keys.

Will truly miss a great worshiper here on earth but knowing that I will see him in heaven will be a great time.

Message from
Rozalie Jerome
Sat, 12/11/2021

Dear Karen,
May the Lord bless you and keep you may the Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious unto you may the Lord lift up his countenance upon you and give you shalom.

I couldn't imagine being without my husband and your hubby was very sweet and intelligent and the two of you loved one another so much it was evident I'm so sorry.
May the special mantles that he had be passed down to you and your family in the name of Yeshua

Message from
Tracy Trahan
Wed, 12/15/2021

To my dear brother-in-law, Richard.
An offering of love from my heart to yours.

I want to tell you how much I have admired your love and presence in Karen’s life and what it has meant to me. When Karen and I met you as a fellow cast member for the Transformation play at our church 30 years ago, I watched your interaction with her and how you were completely taken by her from the start. I saw THE LOOK in your eyes whenever you spoke with her. I know she didn’t see you at first, but I knew something was brewing. And I was right… soon the two of you became one… like a singular name… Karen n’ Richard.

It was so annoying to hear the cooing between the two of you with the constant TWEETIE. I thought it was a honeymoon phase that you would outgrow, but it only got more embedded in you both and became an anthem of your love, life, laughter, joy, adventure and faith in each other, knowing exactly who you were to and for one another.

You loved with such a tender heart. You loved with God’s heart. I am sorry that our relationship was not on that level, but I am understanding more and more about who you were and your heart for God and His people. It is so fitting that you played the part of Peter in the Transformation play, you were the embodiment of the servant’s heart of Peter.

Karen saw your true heart and her love gave you the confidence to believe in yourself and to dare to dream.

Throughout all the messy and challenging parts of life she was by your side, loving, caring, comforting, consoling, supporting your dreams and lifting you up. She called you her hero, but I know she was your warrior and champion.

I have no doubt your heart is saddened that you left her so suddenly and with so much sorrow, but I also know that you took her love with you, and your love is with her always.

You are with the love of your life, your Lord, your Savior, your Friend, and that brings her peace.

My heart for you grows as I am learning so much more about you and the lasting impact you have left on so many lives. You gave hope to the broken and hurting, because of the hope God gave you.

I love you for the way you loved my sister, and I love you for being my brother. I wish I said that to you more, but I hope you knew that.
Until we meet again.
Your sister, Tracy.

Message from
Karen Ladage
Wed, 12/15/2021

I wrote this poem for Richard for his birthday earlier this year. It expresses everything I have to say to you My Beloved.

Ode to My Beloved
By Karen Ladage 9.17.21

You are the Light in my darkness
You are the Son-shine in my day
You are my Hope when I’ve fallen
You bring me Joy in all you say

You are my Strength when I am weak
You are my Eyes when I cannot see
You challenge me to greatness
You push me out upon the sea

Your Spirit is unquenching
Your Life such a wonder
I am better when I am with you
So I can face ‘come what may’

You are my secret weapon
You’re the reason that I stand
You give courage to my weak knees
You put a Sword in my hand

I am so very grateful for you
My heart is healed in your love
Through your eyes I’ve seen a me
I would never have dreamed of

I thank God for who you are
And for gifting you to me
You are a very precious treasure
Sent to me from heaven above