GENESEE DEPOT |
Nov. 19, 1927 — July 12, 2017
Clarence Bundy was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 50 years, Dorothea J. (Bentley) Bundy and his son-in-law Donald Chaddock (Judith).
His is survived by his brother Donald (Rita) Bundy of Thiensville, brother-in-law Vern (Peggy) Bentley of New Berlin, five devoted children: Michael (Sally) Bundy, Patty (Curt) Robinson, Shelley (Bill) King, Judith Chaddock, Scott (Nancy) Bundy; and eight adoring grandchildren: Elizabeth (Luke) Warnes, Michael P. Bundy, Kathy (Greg) Pyzyk, Kenneth (Norma Robinson, Brooke Robinson, Jordan (Ryan) Robinson-Delaney, Bentley (Daryl) Reist, Hallie King; five great-grand children who always made him smile; and his wife, Patt (Schumacher) Bundy.
At the young age of 17, instead of finishing high school, Clarence served valiantly in Saipan, Tinian, and the occupation of Nagasaki in the United States Marine Corps, where he was responsible for saving the lives of many of his comrades. He was awarded the Purple Heart among other commendations. He rarely spoke of his service, but preferred to put the horrors of war behind him to build a life dedicated to his family.
When he returned from the war, He worked at Globe Steel in Milwaukee with his father but felt compelled to take control of his own destiny and started his own construction company. He continued to work the night shift at Globe, while building his business during the day. He and his wife Dorothea lived in the Quonset huts with their firstborn child, Michael. (Michael worked for the construction company throughout his teen years and went to law school to become a lawyer for the family business. He found corporate law did not appeal to him and instead he received a degree in criminal law. A constant source of pride to his father, Michael served in the District Attorney’s Office in Waukesha County for 35 years until he retired.) Clarence began building homes with his fledgling company. He dug the basement of his own home on the day is daughter Patty was born. It wasn’t long until he began bidding on commercial jobs. St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Margaret Mary’s Church, the State Office Building were just a few projects he completed. He was always a great leader and a source of inspiration to the men that worked for him. He never asked anyone to work harder than he was willing to.
He had many experiences in his 91 years, including delivering his daughter, Shelley, on the way to the hospital in the back seat of a taxi!
In 1960, Clarence discovered The Harry Horning Estate, on a hilltop that boasted breathtaking views of Waukesha County. He moved his family from Calhoun Farms in New Berlin out to the beautiful countryside in the town of Genesee. His youngest son, Scott, was born there. (Scott owned and operated the construction company after Clarence retired, along with his glass block company.) He fell in love with the beauty and the landscape of the town of Genesee and began attending the town meetings. He wanted all of the residents to have pride in the township. When he spoke up and suggested they “clean up and fix up” the buildings in Genesee Depot, one of the residents said “Bundy, put your money where your mouth is, why don’t you do it!” So he did.
He became involved in town politics and was elected to chairman of the town of Genesee for several terms. Due to his commitment to and love for the town of Genesee, he purchased and renovated many of the old buildings that were in need of repair and proceeded to renovate and rejuvenate them giving Genesee Depot a badly needed face-lift. (The Old Country Store was opened as a gift shop that was owned and operated by his daughter Judy and local resident Phyllis Sayles. The Union House Hotel, built in 1861, and was renovated and has been operated as a restaurant by his daughter Patty since 1989).
He built The Professional Building so there would be a medical doctor and dentist office for the convenience of local residents. A U.S. post office is still located in the building along with Crossing Community Church.
In the lower level of the Professional Building, several fledgling churches got their start due to his kindness and generosity; among them, All Saints Lutheran Church now located in Wales.
As town chairman, he orchestrated a donation of land to the Genesee Parks from Broadway legends and local residents Alfred Lunt and Lynn Fontanne.
He and his wife of 50 years, Dorothea, owned and operated seven successful corporations. They traveled extensively until she died tragically in a car accident. Several years after her death, he remarried.
Clarence was an active supporter of The Waukesha Symphony, The Waukesha County Republican Party and The Genesee Lions Club.
The world is a better place because of Clarence. He lived a life full of joy, has too many friends to mention too many accomplishments to list. He will be missed.
Memorial and Honorarium gifts to All Saints Lutheran Church, 705 W. Tomlin Road, Wales, WI 53183.