Duane S. “Bud” Dulek

Duane S. “Bud” Dulek

Duane S. “Bud” Dulek age 93, moved on to his next adventure on Friday, November 17, 2017.

He was born on May 20, 1924 in the Town of Harvard, IL to Stanley and Viola (White) Dulek. Duane was a proud naval veteran serving during WWII. He was married to Bernice Riphon on September 23, 1946 in Ellicott City, MD. He was employed at Wisconsin Telephone until retirement and was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America and former board member and past president of Telco Credit Union, now Heartland Credit Union.

First and foremost, Bud was loved by his family. Family was most important to Dad and celebrating holidays, birthdays and pontoon rides meant the world to him and a blessing for us to be included in his world. Through the years he taught his kids how to ride a bike and play baseball. He would take the family on fishing trips to Pardeeville and later, trips to Florida and camping out West. He enjoyed stock car races at the Columbus Speedway. He always had a fun-loving way about him.

Bud snowmobiled into his early eighties. He loved garage sales, bargains, home cooking and playing cards with his sons-in-law. He could rewire a house or build a porch or finish a basement and he did it humbly and with a hardworking ethic which was passed on to his children and grandchildren. He helped with many family building projects. His yard reflected his love of flowers. He took care of our mother for many years when she needed him and still he had the energy to attend the grandkids’ games and cheer them on. He loved new cars, dressing dapper and dining out with his wife, our mom. He liked meeting people and making them smile!

Survivors include three daughters, Luane (Gary) Switzky of Windsor, Sandra (Peter) Hafemeister of Juneau and Jaclynn (Michael) Kondziella of South Milwaukee; seven grandchildren, Michael (Corie) Switzky, Brett (Joanna) Switzky, Amy (Joe) Malaya, Wayne Hafemeister, Pam (Joel) Schmitt, Christi (Zach) Pulliam and Suzie Kottwitz; nine great grandchildren, Tyler Switzky, Ryan Switzky, Madison Hafemeister, Zach Hafemeister, Ethan Holfert, Adelina Schmitt, Helena Schmitt, Blythe Pulliam and Hazel Pulliam; other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife in 2004.

Private funeral services will be held at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday, November 21, 2017 at Jensen Funeral & Cremation, Columbus. Rev. Garrett Kau will officiate. Interment will be in St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery, Columbus with full military honors.

He will always be remembered for lighting up a room when he walked in and we will deeply miss his humor, hugs, wise advice and his loving personality. Our family has been changed with his passing but he will not be forgotten. Bless you dad; please wait for us on the other side with those twinkly eyes and loving smile.

Thanks to all the special people form Larson House and hospice for their caring ways along Bud’s journey.

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