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William A. Nadler

Nadler, William August 94, formerly of Aurora, IL, Lake Mills, WI and most recently Geneva, IL passed away peacefully, March 7, 2013 at the Tillers Nursing Facility in Oswego, IL. He was born April 24, 1918 in Lake Mills, WI to the late August and Clara (Stelse) Nadler. Bill was a graduate of Lake Mills High School, class of 1937 and was united in marriage to Beatrice Bare on March 1, 1941. They spent the next 72 years together enjoying life! He honorably served his country in the US Army European Theatre of Operations from 1943 through 1945 as a Sergeant Scout in Cavalry Reconnaissance and was awarded the Bronze Star for his meritorious service in a combat zone. Bill owned and operated a Harley-Davidson Agency in Elgin, IL from 1946 until 1957 when he sold the business and briefly moved to Buffalo, NY. In 1959, he and the family returned to Illinois, opening Nadler Harley-Davidson Sales in Aurora. In 1963 he began his journey into Golf Car distribution and continued until 1981 when he sold the business to three of his children (Keith, David and Karen). He and Bea then returned to Lake Mills to enjoy beautiful Rock Lake and retirement. Bill was a member of the Lake Mills Moravian Church and served on both the Board of Trustees and Endowment Fund. He was also a member of the Clarence Bean-Warren George Post #67 of the Lake Mills American Legion, Lake Mills V.F.W Post #10771, Jefferson County Masonic Lodge #9 Free and Accepted Masons, Zor Shrine Club, active with the Jefferson County Sahara Shrine Club, Madison Consistory, lifetime member of the American Motorcycle Association and member of Lake Ripley Country Club in Cambridge, WI. Bill loved life and lived it to the fullest, racing motorcycles in his younger years, extensive travels with friends and family, fishing, golf and his favorite past-time playing cards! Bill was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend. Bill never met a stranger and will be missed by many. Bill is survived by his loving wife, Beatrice; sons, Keith (Alla) Nadler of North Aurora, IL, David (Debbie) Nadler of Sugar Grove, IL and his daughters Carol (Michael) Switzer of Indianapolis, IN and Karen (Keith) Baumgartner of Sugar Grove, IL; his grandchildren, D'Wayne (Pam) Switzer, Dana (Paul) DeMarco, Eric (Sarah) Nadler, Heather (Scott) Woods, Lisa Nadler (fiancé Chris Halvorsen), Lindsey Baumgartner (fiancé Noah Bazis) Matthew (Bonnie) Baumgartner; ten great-grandchildren; his brother, Merlin Nadler (Vicki) of Dodgeville, WI; sister, Leila Washko of State College, PA; his sister-in-law, Mariana Buchanan of Lake Mills, WI; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his son Milo. Funeral services will be held at 11 am on March 11, 2013 at the Lake Mills Moravian Church with the Rev. Bruce J. Nelson officiating. Burial, with military graveside rites will be held in Rock Lake Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Lake Mills Moravian Church Endowment Fund. Friends may call from 2 to 5 pm on Sunday, March 10, 2013, at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills, with a Masonic service held at 5 pm. They also may call after 10 am on Monday at the church until the time of service. www.claussenfuneralhome.com

Published in Beacon News on Mar. 10, 2013
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