Bruce R. Chatfield
Aug. 31, 1927 – Oct. 23, 2013
Bruce R. Chatfield, 86, of Wautoma, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013, at Berlin Memorial Hospital in Berlin. He was born on Aug. 31, 1927, in Waukesha, to the late Clarence and Gertrude (Buske) Chatfield. On Dec. 17, 1949, he was united in marriage to Iris Ball.
Bruce was a graduate of Waukesha High School in 1945. In his younger years, he was raised on Wern Farms, where his family was employed. In his adult working life, he was an over-the-road truck driver. His interests were bowling, basketball, baseball, go-karting, gardening, snowmobiling, camping, fishing and hunting.
Bruce is survived by his spouse, Iris (Ball) Chatfield of Wautoma; his children, Sherry (Jeff) Chatfield of Watertown, Melody (Larry) Buetow of Waukesha and Holly (Daniel) Holick of Hancock; grandchildren, Kathleen, Kelly, Mary (Cully) Schessler, Michael (Caroline) Buetow, Jaime Vincent, Steven Ruhs, Sarah Ruhs, Tara (Tyler) Vroman, Jaquelyn (Andrew) Walejko and Hailey Holick; eight great-grandchildren, Dylan, Michaela, Aaron, Charlotte, Ellie, Benjamin, Harrison, Beau and one more on the way; a sister, Delores of Waukesha; a sister-inlaw, Audrey Hoekstra of Fort Atkinson; one brother, Ronald Chatfield of East Troy; one brother- in-law, James Ball of Sparta.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Gertrude; brothers-in-law, Gerold Buchan, Robert Bartz, and Kenneth Hoekstra; sisters-in-law, Ruth Chatfield and Arlene Ball; a nephew, David Chatfield; and a granddaughter, Lisa Ruhs.
Visitation will be held from 1 p.m. until the 2 p.m. memorial service Saturday, Nov. 2, at Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home, Sparta, with the Rev. Cassandra M. Sauter officiating. Burial will be in Cataract Cemetery, Cataract.
Memorials may be given to Spina Bifida Wisconsin, 830 N. 109th St., Suite 6, Wauwatosa, WI 53226, or a charity of your choice.
The Lanham-Schanhofer Funeral Home of Sparta, 608-269-6666, is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at www.schanhoferfh.com.