Richard P. "Dick" Bader, 75, of West Bend was welcomed home by his Lord on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2006 at Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, surrounded by his loving family.
Dick was born Nov. 2, 1930 to William and Victoria Bader in Kings-ford, Mich. He was raised in Carney, Mich. and was a 1948 graduate of Stephenson High School.
After graduating, he honorably served his country with the United States Marines during the Korean War. On Sept. 24, 1955, he dedicated his love and his life to his soul mate, Marlene S. Pearson in Menomonee, Mich. The couple resided in West Bend, where they raised a family of their own.
Dick was employed at Evinrude Motors in Milwaukee for over 37 years, retiring in 1993. He was a proud member of the West Bend Germanfest Comm-ittee and enjoyed polka music in addition to many polka festivals. Dick was a backyard inventor, who loved to build anything his imagination unraveled. In addition to his favorite pastime, his family was of utmost importance to him, especially his grandchildren, whom he loved to tease.
Dick has forever touched the lives and hearts of his beloved wife and best friend of 50 years, Marlene S. (nee Pearson) Bader of West Bend; his children, Jessica (Tim) Gintner of West Bend and Scott (Donna) Bader of West Bend; his adored grandchildren, Victoria (special friend Fred Betz) Gintner of Milwaukee, Christ-opher Gintner of Milwaukee, Sarah Gintner of West Bend, and Adam Bader of West Bend; his younger sister, Helen (Eldon) Carlson of Michigan; and his older brother, Earl Bader of Wyoming. Dick will also be missed by other siblings, nieces, nephews, other special relatives, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Howard Bader; and one sister-in-law, Marge Bader.
A funeral service to honor the life of Dick will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 at 5 p.m. at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Drive, West Bend, Wis. 53095), with Father Mike Moran officiating.
Interment will take place at Washington County Memorial Park on Tuesday, Feb. 28 at 11 a.m. Visitation with family and friends will be held on Monday, Feb. 27 at the funeral home from 3 p.m. until the time of the funeral service at 5 p.m.
The family would like to extend their appreciation for memorials that are donated in honor of Dick to the West Bend Germanfest Fund (Downtown West Bend Association, c/o: Germanfest Fund, 128 S. 6th Ave., Suite 1, West Bend, Wis. 53095) or the American Heart Association (795 N. Van Buren St., Milwaukee, Wis. 53202).
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family (262) 338-2050 / www.phillipfuneralhome.com.