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William J Bader

January 07, 2020

William J Bader of Norwalk, Ohio (formerly Saginaw, Michigan) passed away early on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 94 years of age. He was the oldest of five children, born on September 18, 1925, to William S. Bader and Helen M. (Schultz) Bader in Saginaw, Michigan. He grew up in the Carrollton area and graduated in 1943 from St. Andrew High School where he was both senior class president and captain of the football team. He was the Junior Michigan State Archery Champion in 1936, 1938 and 1939 and enjoyed this sport all of his life. Bill was extremely proud to have been an Eagle Scout and remained active in scouting his whole life.

In 1943, he began studies at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), completing one semester before being called into the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the Blackhawk 86th Infantry Division. He served three years in the European and Pacific theaters of operation during World War II, achieving the rank of Rifle Platoon Sergeant. His awards included the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star and two Battle Stars before his honorable discharge in 1946. Returning to his studies at GMI, he graduated in 1951 with First Honors in Industrial Engineering.

In 1950, he married Doris J. Schroeder of Harbor Beach, Michigan and they had three children. Bill and Doris were married 64 years before the passing of Doris in 2014. Also in 1950, Bill began to work with the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation. He was transferred to the New Departure-Hyatt Division in 1969 where he completed forty-four years with General Motors before retiring in 1987.
Bill was a nature enthusiast, outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and an avid birdwatcher. For years, his woodworking hobby produced many well-designed items such as bluebird houses and fine inlaid wood cutting boards for family and friends. He was also an accomplished pianist and encouraged his children to study and enjoy music. His devotion and love for his family was unparalleled and an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

Survivors include three children: Cynthia J. Bader, Norwalk, OH; Audrey A. (Michael) Kostrzewa, Carmel, IN; Gregory W. (Jacque) Bader, Martinsville, IN. Also, surviving are three sisters and one brother: Ruth H. McDonald, Saginaw, MI; Constance A. (Jack J.) Rehmann, Saginaw, MI; Barbara J. (Jack) Eastman, North Canton, OH; Thomas E. (Bethany) Bader, The Villages, FL; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk, Ohio on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church to allow family and friends to visit and share memories. Interment will take place in Harbor Beach, Michigan at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his memory to St. Paul Catholic Schools, 93 E. Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

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William J Bader of Norwalk, Ohio (formerly Saginaw, Michigan) passed away early on Wednesday, December 18, 2019 at 94 years of age. He was the oldest of five children, born on September 18, 1925, to William S. Bader and Helen M. (Schultz) Bader in Saginaw, Michigan. He grew up in the Carrollton area and graduated in 1943 from St. Andrew High School where he was both senior class president and captain of the football team. He was the Junior Michigan State Archery Champion in 1936, 1938 and 1939 and enjoyed this sport all of his life. Bill was extremely proud to have been an Eagle Scout and remained active in scouting his whole life.

In 1943, he began studies at General Motors Institute (now Kettering University), completing one semester before being called into the U.S. Army where he was assigned to the Blackhawk 86th Infantry Division. He served three years in the European and Pacific theaters of operation during World War II, achieving the rank of Rifle Platoon Sergeant. His awards included the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Bronze Star and two Battle Stars before his honorable discharge in 1946. Returning to his studies at GMI, he graduated in 1951 with First Honors in Industrial Engineering.

In 1950, he married Doris J. Schroeder of Harbor Beach, Michigan and they had three children. Bill and Doris were married 64 years before the passing of Doris in 2014. Also in 1950, Bill began to work with the Saginaw Steering Gear Division of General Motors Corporation. He was transferred to the New Departure-Hyatt Division in 1969 where he completed forty-four years with General Motors before retiring in 1987.
Bill was a nature enthusiast, outdoorsman, fly fisherman, and an avid birdwatcher. For years, his woodworking hobby produced many well-designed items such as bluebird houses and fine inlaid wood cutting boards for family and friends. He was also an accomplished pianist and encouraged his children to study and enjoy music. His devotion and love for his family was unparalleled and an inspiration to everyone who knew him.

Survivors include three children: Cynthia J. Bader, Norwalk, OH; Audrey A. (Michael) Kostrzewa, Carmel, IN; Gregory W. (Jacque) Bader, Martinsville, IN. Also, surviving are three sisters and one brother: Ruth H. McDonald, Saginaw, MI; Constance A. (Jack J.) Rehmann, Saginaw, MI; Barbara J. (Jack) Eastman, North Canton, OH; Thomas E. (Bethany) Bader, The Villages, FL; eight grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and numerous nephews and nieces.

A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Paul Catholic Church in Norwalk, Ohio on Saturday, February 1st at 11:00 a.m. A luncheon will follow at the church to allow family and friends to visit and share memories. Interment will take place in Harbor Beach, Michigan at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in his memory to St. Paul Catholic Schools, 93 E. Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio 44857.

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Dave Vail

Columbus, IN, US
December 22, 2019

Greg and family, Karen and I are sorry to hear of your family's loss. We pray that the peace and comfort of God surrounds you.