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 to places like Las Vegas, Texas, Arizona, California, Florida, Vancouver, and Nova Scotia.
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 down the Champs Elysees for the Liberation of Paris. He was a prisoner of war for 7 months at Stalag IIA 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 and 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, and owner and 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. Throughout his life, he enjoyed helping others by offering his gifts of humor, compassion, kindness, and encouragement. Along with his helpful nature, Don’s love of laughter and sense of humor made a lasting impact on many lives. He was passionate about polka music, playing several instruments including the saxophone, trumpet, clarinet, accordion, organ, harmonica, and devil’s fiddle. Don was a member of many polka bands including Tiny Thor and the Grenadiers, the Two Creeks Farm Hands, Veronica’s Two Tones, Joe Delleman, Rick Kinstetter, Ken Tebon, and many more.
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 (Mary) Aude, 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 Aude, Adriana Aude Cooke, Alexis Aude Hinsz, Lynnette 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 (1971), sister Dorothy L. Aude (1920), and son Mark Aude (2008).
Visitation on Wednesday, 4-7pm, at Buchanan Funeral Home, Kewaunee. Funeral service on Thursday morning at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Luxemburg, with visitation at 9:30am and service at 11am. He will be laid to rest in Riverview Cemetery, Kewaunee with full military rites.
The family would like to thank all members of the hospice staff at the James Haley Veterans Hospital (Tampa, FL) for their exceptional, loving care. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established to support Hospice and Alzheimer’s research in his name.