Harold "Bud" Gentz

Funeral services were held on March 11 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg for Harold "Bud" Gentz of Grafton. Bud died at the age of 86 on Tuesday, March 6, 2007 at the Cedar Springs Health and Rehabilitation Center. The Rev. John Bischoff officiated the funeral service. Visitation was held at the church prior to the service and interment took place at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg. Mueller Funeral Home served the family.

Bud was born on Feb. 9, 1921 in Milwaukee, son of Walter and Adelaide Gentz. He graduated from North Division High School in Milwaukee. Bud married the love of his life, Rose "Jo" Habich on June 19, 1943 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg.

Bud was a member of the Grafton Fire Department for over 64 years and played an intricate part in the building of the new fire house in Grafton. Bud served on every committee for the fire department and was also a member of the Grafton Rescue Squad. Besides his love for the fire department, Bud enjoyed golfing, bowling, hunting and fishing. Back in the day, Bud used to be known as a great pitcher when playing baseball.

Bud is survived by his wife Rose "Jo" Gentz of Grafton; his children Kim Gentz of Belgium and Diane (Michael) Cefalu of Sturgeon Bay; grandchildren Carrie (Craig) Nicholsen, Stephanie Gentz, Nicholas Gantner, P.J. Gantner and Alex Gantner; sisters Dolores Fredericks and Betty (Earl) Winter; sister-in-law Lillian Schreiner; and brothers-in-law George (Lucille) Habich and Howard Kreiser. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and his sister Arlene Kreiser.

Memorials to the Grafton Fire Department or Immanuel Lutheran Church in Cedarburg are appreciated.