Duane L. Bruder, 84
Nov. 6, 1931 — May 23, 2016
Duane L. Bruder, 84, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at The Kathy Hospice in West Bend. He was born in Burke County, North Dakota, on Nov. 6, 1931, to Edward and Anice (nee Roestel) Bruder. At a young age, he lived in Cle Elum, Washington, for a short time and moved to Mayfield in 1941 where he attended the one-room school. He moved to West Bend in 1950 and attended West Bend High School. On Oct. 17, 1953, he married Evelyn Bartelt at Immanuel United Church of Christ.
Duane retired in 1993 from Bend Industries and drove bus for the Threshold for a few years until his heart surgery. He enjoyed hunting and belonged to the Ashford Sportsmen Club for years. In fall, he loved going to Rapids Resort in Athelstane for grouse hunting and deer hunting with friends and his dog, Boots.
He served in the U.S. Army on the fire department. He belonged to the VFW and the American Legion. Duane was also a former member of the Moose Lodge.
He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Evelyn (nee Bartelt); children, Jeanne (Luke) Weninger, Beverly (Charles) Claflin, Mary (Gary) Kapal, Dale (Sheila) Bruder and James (Cyndee) Bruder; grandchildren, Brett (Anna) Weninger, Stacey (Kevin) Kimmel, Ashley Weninger, and Julia and Kayla Bruder; and great-grandchildren, Sam, Adam and Alex Weninger and baby Kimmel on the way. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Duane is preceded in death by his parents; in-laws, Emil and Catherine Bartelt; and sisters- and brothers-in-law, Marion (Lawrence) Krueger, Marlene (Paul) Matenaer, Earl Bartelt, Harold (Margaret) Carlson and Carol Bartelt.
A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 28, at the Phillip Funeral Home in West Bend (1420 W. Paradise Drive). The visitation will be held at the funeral home Saturday from 11 a.m. until the time of service. Entombment will follow at Washington County Memorial Park with full military honors. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to Immanuel UCC (501 Walnut St., West Bend, WI 53095) or The Kathy Hospice (St. Joseph’s Community Foundation, 3200 Pleasant Valley Road, West Bend, WI 53095).
The family would like to thank Marlene in ICU, Dr. Sawas at St. Joseph’s and the staff at The Kathy Hospice for their loving care. Also, special thanks to family, friends and neighbors for their help in caring for Duane.
The Phillip Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family: 262-338-2050 or www.phillipfuneralhome.com.