Raymond P. Bade

Raymond P. Bade

Verona/Madison – Raymond Paul Bade, age 93, passed away on Thursday, July 3, 2014, at Sonrisas Adult Family Home in Verona after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease.

He was born on May 12, 1921, in Jefferson, to Anna Moser and Clarence (Pat) Bade. Ray was married to Eda Virginia Genske in 1944 and together they raised three children; Rose, Shirley and Bob.

Ray served in the Marines in his early years and later took to the skies flying a Taylorcraft airplane. He was also an avid roller-skater and a volunteer with the Monona Fire Department. His life-long passion was amateur “ham” radio with the FCC call sign W9NJH. With his sense of humor, he could be heard entering the airwaves as “Nice Juicy Hamburgers”. Ray was recognized for his volunteer work with MARS (Military Affiliated Radio System), relaying messages in 1964 after the Great Alaskan Earthquake from Truax Field military base to relatives & friends in Anchorage, Alaska. He was a member of several other amateur radio clubs, including QCWA (Quarter Century Wireless Association) and ARRL (American Radio Relay League). Ray loved music and loved to dance, even taking up square dancing at one time. He developed an interest in the banjo and enjoyed playing with a local banjo club, but his favorite music was polkas & waltzes. He was a regular at Madison’s Essen Haus, where his familiar face brought a smile to others.

For 35 years, Ray worked as a mechanic at Oscar Mayer, where he liked to talk about his work in the wiener tunnel. After retirement from Oscar’s in 1983, he made new friends at Monona Tube & Welding where he enjoyed driving around Madison making deliveries. For the last eleven years, Ray lived at Sonrisas Adult Family Home in Verona, where the owner and staff cared for him like he was their own father. He was treated to car rides (his favorite), airplane rides, boat rides, golf cart rides, picnics, social outings, holiday events and even a trip to the WI Dells water ski show.

The family cannot thank Kathy Hinzman and her staff enough for their incredible kindness and compassionate care.

Ray was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Roger Bade; and son-in-law, Lee Goldbin. Ray is survived by his former wife Eda Bade; his sister, Evelyn Mueller, nieces Jean (Dave) Decker and JoAnn Shaffer; three children: Rose (Paul) Schatz, Shirley Goldbin, and Bob (Winnie) Bade; four grandchildren: Steve (Jane) Wegner, JoRene (Mike) Burdgick, Vicki (Tyler) York, Criss (Will) Clement, and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at GUNDERSON EAST FUNERAL HOME, 5203 Monona Drive, Madison, at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, July 9, 2014, with Father Michael Radowicz presiding. Burial will be held at Highland Memory Gardens. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m., on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com.

Gunderson East
Funeral & Cremation Care
5203 Monona Drive