Bruce A. Budde

PORTAGE – Bruce A. Budde, age 94, passed away on Thursday, January 5, 2017, at Tivoli in Portage, surrounded by his loving family.

Bruce was born on October 16, 1922, in Portage, the son of Emil and Anna (Kopplemeyer) Budde. He married Ruth M. Abegglen on January 3, 1947, at First Methodist Church in Portage. Bruce lived in Portage all his life. He was a member of the CCC (Civilian Conservation Corp., at Devil’s Lake) from 1939 to 1940. He worked at Badger Ordnance and then Weyenberg Shoe Factory for 35 years, and lastly at Portage Schools before retiring in 1984. When Bruce was young, he spent many hours fishing and woodcarving, making many trips to South Dakota, Denver, Wyoming, Florida, North Carolina and Switzerland.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth; children, Nancy Ann Johnson of Greely, Colorado, and Larry (Marcia) Budde of Portage; grandchildren, Juli Marie (Don) Beason of Highland Ranch, Colorado, Jennifer Sue Kayartz (Josh Burns) and Timothy Johnson, all of Greely, Colorado, Jacob L. Budde (Jena LaVigne) of Poynette, Dione Schumann (Gino Reimann) of Portage; great-grandchildren, Brody Beason of Highland Ranch, Colorado, Coltan Myers of Portage, Kimee Johnson of Greely, Colorado; sister, Joan Kleist of Tomahawk; sister-in-law, Joann Budde of Neenah; other relatives and many friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, aunts and uncles; brothers, William Budde and Dean Budde; brothers-in-laws, John Kleist, Emil Abegglen, William Abegglen; sisters-in-law, Adeline Hume and Ida Janisch.

Memorial services will be held at Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage, Wisconsin, on Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 12:00 noon. Inurnment will be private. Visitation will be at the funeral home from 11 a.m. until the time of service.

The family would like to thank the staff at Tivoli for their care and support.


For information please call 608 742-2126 (Portage, WI) or 608 635-2763 (Poynette, WI)