Donald Bade

Date of Death: May 06, 2021
Donald Bade

1931 - 2021

Donald H. Bade, 89, of Waupun, passed away May 6, 2021 at Hospice Home of Hope in Fond du Lac.


Don was born July 19, 1931, the son of Lawrence and Laura Daehn Bade. Don graduated from Brandon High School. On February 20, 1950 he married his high school sweetheart, Doris Henker. Don farmed his entire life in the town of Alto. He worked for the canning factory in Fairwater, part-time for years. Don drove school bus for many years. He was a member of Alto Fire Department for 40 years where he served as fire chief for 25 years.. He loved to bowl and work in the garden. He sang with Harmony Kings in Ripon. Most of all he loved it when the grandchildren were around. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater his whole life and he served on the council for many terms. Don played on the dartball team, and the chair of Zion Brotherhood. He served on the Shoreline Zoning Committee for Fond du Lac County.


Don is survived by his wife of 71 years, Doris Bade; three children: Ann (Michael) Giese of Waukesha, Jane (Dennis) Vellema of Waupun, and Tim (Sandra) Bade of Waupun; seven grandchildren: Heather Rodis (special friend, Jimmy Dimitriades) of Waukesha, Andrew Rodis of Waukesha, Kristie (Dan) Buwalda of Waupun, Ben Vellema (special friend, Tanya Hailey) of Fairwater, Matt (Tracy) Vellema of Waupun, Melissa (Gary) Stockwell of Wausau, and Brian (Ashley) Bade of Brandon; great-grandchildren: Grant, Alex and Rhett Buwalda, Luke and Willow Vellema, Garrison and Gaige Stockwell, Hannah, Kaelyn and Callie Bade, Blake Vellema; sisters: Grace Cluppert and Shirley (Clarence) Huenink; brother, Robert Bade; and many other relatives and friends.


He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Laura Bade; brother, Bernard (Darlene) Bade; and brother-in-law, Herb Cluppert.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Monday at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun from 4-7 p.m. and on Tuesday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Donald Bade will be held Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairwater with Pastor Kimberly Stowell and Pastor Dennis Nelson officiating.


Burial will follow at Fairwater Cemetery.

Memorial Contributions

Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or Alto Fire Department.

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  1. Betty Nitz Says: May 7, 2021 at 8:24 pm

    With deepest sympathy to Don’s Family. Doris I was deeply saddened to hear of Donald’s passing. My condolences to Ann and her family, Jane and her family and Tim and his family. Heaven just gained a guardian angel. Alto lost a wonderful man. Although I can’t attend the funeral please know my thoughts and and prayers are with you. Keep those memories close.

    Betty Nitz

  2. Marilyn Says: May 7, 2021 at 9:31 pm

    Thoughts and prayers are with you all at this most difficult time.

  3. Craig Kastein Says: May 10, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Wow,I was sad to hear of Don’s passing,he was such a nice man,he always had nice and kind things to say,I will miss seeing him at the Alto fair too! Bade family you have my deepest sympathies!! Craig Kastein

  4. Cathy Losenegger Says: May 10, 2021 at 11:48 am

    We are so sorry for your loss.

    Walt and Cathy Losenegger

  5. Marla Ziino Says: May 11, 2021 at 6:05 am

    Our deepest condolences to Doris and her family. You were part of our lives for many years. We will be back in Wisconsin next week but wanted to offer our sympathies now.

  6. william beier Says: May 13, 2021 at 5:24 pm

    don was a great man i enjoyed working with him as my field man when i farmed

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