Aude, Donald "Don' Herman
April 24, 1924 -
June 27, 2014
Donald "Don" Herman Aude, 90, Tampa, FL, passed and entered his heavenly home on Friday, June 27, 2014. Born in Kewaunee on April 24, 1924, he is the son of the late Erwin W. and Regina Matilda (Heider) Aude. He lived most of his childhood years in the Rostok and Ellisville areas. Don married Janice Mae Aude on October 4, 1958 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Kewaunee: they celebrated 35 happy and wonderful years together in marriage until she passed on November 6, 1993. They enjoyed many traveling adventures together in their motor home.
Don was a graduate of Kewaunee High School, the U.S. Army Cooks and Bakers' School, and the Chicago Institute of Horology. He began his career in the U.S. Army and served In combat during World War II. Don was one of many American soldiers who marched clown the Champs Elysees for the Liberation or Paris. He was a prisoner of war for 7 months at Stalag ILA in Neubrandenburg, Germany. He and his fellow troops were liberated by Russians who also celebrated the moment with singing, dancing, and accordion music while riding on the back of a truck arid enjoying sausage and vodka. For his courageous service, Don was awarded a Purple Heart, European African Middle-Eastern Campaign Medal, American Campaign Medal, and a Good Conduct Medal. He also received a special award of appreciation from the French government for his role in its liberation from Nazi forces. After an honorable discharge from the Army on October 28, 1945, Don worked In a variety of occupations including paper mill worker, funeral director, watchmaker at Katch's Department Store, arid owner arid operator of Aude's Alaska Resort. In 1970. Don and Janice founded Aude Jewelers of Luxemburg, which they successfully owned and operated together for more than 22 years. Don was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Luxemburg and also belonged to several veterans and business organizations throughout his life. He enjoyed helping others by offering his gifts of humor, compassion, kindness, and encouragement, Don's love of laughter and sense of humor made a lasting impact on man lives. He was passionate about polka music:, playing several instruments. Don is survived by his sister, Grace (Robert, deceased) Ehle, Amarillo, TX; his sons, Don (Susanne) Aude, Ruskin, FL; Dean (Paula) Aude, Trophy Club, TX; and Mike (Maryl Rude, Tampa, FL; his daughters, Sherry Ewaskowitz, Glendale, WI; and Sheila (John) Nimmer, Luxemburg, WI; and grandchildren, Melissa (Kyle) Nimmer Charnetski, Mirabel Rouze, Sophia Rouze, Luke Aude, Angela Aude Webb, Arlo Arnie, Adriana Aude Cooke, Alexis Aude Hinsz, Lyrinette Aude Cody, and Chad Aude. His great-grandchildren are Megan, Cameron, Eva, Fiona, Hunter, Caleb and Cayden, He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Janice Mae Aude (1993), mother, Regina Aude (1987), father Erwin Aude (197I), sister, Dorothy L. Aude (1920), and son, Mark Aude (2008).
Published in Kewaunee County Star-News on Aug. 9, 2014