RACINE - Willard M. "Bud" "Grandpa" Banker, 97, passed away at Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant on Sunday, June 8, 2014. Bud was born in Racine on August 14, 1916 to William and Laura (née, Magnussen) Banker. He married the former Johanna LaBrasca on December 29, 1951. She preceded him in death on July 4, 1993. Bud retired from Walker Mfg. in 1978 after more than 32 years. Loving grandfather of Kim (Dr. David) Gabrhel, Sherri (Scott) Anderson, Debbie Aponte, Lori (Matt) Hustead and Mike (Susie) LaBrasca; twelve great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews, Helen Keller, Douglas (Delores) Just and Betty-Kay Schneider; and his daughter-in-law, Judie LaBrasca. Bud is also survived by other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his children, Pat (Ron) Kaplan and Jerry LaBrasca; sisters, Kathryn (Emil) Just and Elizabeth (Harold) Boutell; and his brother, Harold Banker. A memorial service for Bud with Full Military Honors will be held at Southern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery on Friday, June 20, 2014 at 9 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Hospice House in Mt. Pleasant. The family would like to thank the staffs at Hospice House and Bay Pointe for all of their care and compassion. And as Bud would say, "Thank you". Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory 3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402-3230 (262) 639-8000 www.purath-strand.com
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Purath-Strand Funeral Home & Crematory
3915 Douglas Avenue Racine, WI 53402
Published in Racine Journal Times on June 15, 2014