Duane S. “Bud” Dulek, 93, Columbus, moved on to his next adventure Friday, Nov. 17, 2017.
He was born May 20, 1924, in the town of Harvard, Illinois, to Stanley and Viola (White) Dulek. Duane was a proud naval veteran serving during World War II. He was married to Bernice Riphon Sept. 23, 1946, in Ellicott City, Maryland. 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 children 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 80s. 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 energy to attend the grandchildren’s 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; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and his wife in 2004.
A funeral service was held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 21, at Jensen Funeral & Cremation, Columbus. The Rev. Garrett Kau officiated. Interment was 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.
Jensen Funeral & Cremation, Columbus, is serving the family. Visit jensenfuneralandcremation.com.