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Mader, Robert Eugene

Robert Eugene Mader, 85, of Naples, FL, died Saturday, July 19, 2014. Formerly of Ft. Wayne, IN, he had been a Naples resident since 1992. He was born August 29, 1928 in Tigerton, WI, the son of Gerhard and Ida (née Ahrens) Mader.

Bob Mader demonstrated his strong work ethic at an early age by twice earning all state basketball honors as a high school player for the Wisconsin Rapids Red Raiders in the mid 1940's. He then took his talents to the University of Wisconsin where he was a four year letterman and captain of the 1950 squad.

While serving in the National Guard from 1950-1953 he coached high school teams at Sparta and Antigo, WI and in 1954 was an assistant basketball coach at Marquette University. In 1955, he joined the business world working for Sears, Roebuck & Co. His leadership skills were quickly recognized and he rose through the ranks of store management culminating as Group Manager of the Ft. Wayne, In group. He retired from Sears after 33 distinguished years in 1988.

Through his business years he was also a champion of civic causes serving in local leadership positions with the Salvation Army, United Way, and Chamber of Commerce.

Bob will be remembered as a caring and loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and friend.

Mr. Mader is survived by his loving wife, Jeanenne (née Breece); his loyal sons, Jeffrey (Debrah) Mader of St. Charles, IL, Thomas (Rondi) Mader of Algonquin, IL and Michael (Susan) Mader of Alpharetta, GA; brother and sisters, John (Barbara) Mader of Henderson, NV, Betty (the late David) Welch of Aurora, CO, and Marilyn (the late Herb) David of Minneapolis, MN; six cherished grandchildren, Andrew, Bradley, Samantha, Corbin, Danny and Alison; and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Addilyn. He was preceded in death by his beloved first wife, Patricia L. (née Bronson) in 2000.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the Salvation Army.

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Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune on July 22, 2014
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