Joseph F. Dudek, 88, of Coleman, passed away Wednesday, May 29, 2013, at Bay Area Medical Center in Marinette, following a short illness. He was born to the late John and Catherine (Chmielowiecz) Dudek on February 23, 1925 at home. He attended Coleman High School, and joined the Army shortly thereafter. He proudly served with the 1st Calvary Division in the Philippines and Japan during World War II. On October 27, 1951, he married the former Marion Meyer at St. Charles Catholic Church in Lena.
Joe had a milk route with Frigo Cheese in Lena, and worked at Coleman Parts and Machine Inc. with the Mongin boys for many years. He also enjoyed driving his school bus route for Camps for 50 years, never missing a day. Joe was an avid sportsman. He loved to hunt and fish - especially up north at "the shack" and at the farm. He loved gardening, helping out his brother Frank at the family farm, spending time with Marion and his family, and meticulously caring for his home, yard and cars. He was a 60-year member of the Kalbes-Seewald Legion Post #280, serving in many capacities. Nothing made him more proud to carry the flag in many local parades and Memorial Day services. He was a member of the Coleman and Klondike Sportsmen's Clubs, and life-long member of St. Anne Catholic Parish, Coleman-Pound.
Joe is survived by Marion, his wife of 61 years; two daughters: Mary Jo (Rick) Wickland of Coon Rapids, Minn. and Lori Ann (John) Marquardt of Oconto Falls; one son, Daniel (Judy) of Appleton; eight grandchildren: Aaron (Mallory) Wickland of Maple Grove, Minn., Andrew Wickland (Amanda Heiting) of Appleton, Adam Wickland (Melinda Clements) of Eau Claire, Gregory (Gwen) Marquardt of Abilene, Texas, Stephen Marquardt of Kenosha, Katie Marquardt of Oconto Falls, Audrey and Cameron Dudek of Appleton; many nieces and nephews; and his Schnauzer and constant companion, Abby. He was preceded in death by three brothers: John Jr., Anthony, and Frank; and four sisters: Anna (Leo) Hornick, Mary (Walter) Weber, Stella Dudek, and Bernice (Fred) Svejda.
Visitation will be on Saturday, June 1, 2013, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 228 E. Main St., Coleman from 9:30 a.m. until the time of Mass. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at the church at 11:00 a.m. with Fr. Robert Karuhn officiating.
Joe will be laid to rest at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Coleman. Rhodes-Charapata Funeral Home, Coleman is assisting with the arrangements.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the entire Svejda family, to Dr. Sakti Chakrabarti and the 2nd Floor East nursing staff at Bay Area Medical Center for their care and support.
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