GENEVA – William August Nadler, 94, formerly of Aurora, Lake Mills, Wis., and most recently Geneva, passed away peacefully, March 7, 2013, at the Tillers Nursing Facility in Oswego. He was born April 24, 1918, in Lake Mills, Wis., 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 U.S. 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 from 1946 until 1957, when he sold the business and briefly moved to Buffalo, N.Y. In 1959, he and the family returned to Illinois, opening Nadler Harley-Davidson Sales in Aurora. In 1963, he began his journey into golf cart 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, Wis.
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, David (Debbie) Nadler of Sugar Grove, and his daughters, Carol (Michael) Switzer of Indianapolis, Ind., and Karen (Keith) Baumgartner of Sugar Grove; 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; 10 great-grandchildren; his brother, Merlin Nadler (Vicki) of Dodgeville, Wis.; sister, Leila Washko of State College, Pa.; his sister-in-law, Mariana Buchanan of Lake Mills, Wis.; and nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son, Milo.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on March 11 at the Lake Mills Moravian Church with the Rev. Bruce J. Nelson officiating.
Burial, with military graveside rites will be held at Rock Lake Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Lake Mills Moravian Church Endowment Fund.
Friends may call from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at the Claussen Funeral Home in Lake Mills, with a Masonic service held at 5 p.m. They also may call after 10 a.m. on Monday at the church until the time of service.
For information, visit www.claussenfuneralhome.com.
Published in Kane County Chronicle on Mar. 9, 2013