Roland J. Pruski, age 83, of Sheboygan Falls, formerly of Sussex, WI, passed away and joined his beloved wife in heaven on April 4, 2012. He was affectionately known to all as "Bud".
Bud was born in Milwaukee, WI on May 1, 1928, to John and Anastasia (Nakelski) Pruski. When he was a young child, after his father passed away, Bud’s mother married Martin Bilicki, who Bud adored as a father figure. He attended high school at Milwaukee Boys Technical School graduating in 1947.
On September 4, 1950, he married Gloria J. (Dotsy) Boetcher, daughter of Otto and Alice Boetcher of Sheboygan Falls. He always proclaimed she was the absolute love of his life!
Dotsy preceded him in death on June 12, 1998.
Bud joined the U.S. Army from 1951-1953. He served in the Korean War, during which he received the Korean Service Medal with 1 Bronze Service star, the United Nations Service Medal, and the Combat Service Medal. Following his military duty, he and Dotsy returned to Milwaukee. They then settled in their home in Sussex, WI, where he resided until 2006 when he moved to Sheboygan Falls.
Bud helped his family at the corner grocery store-butcher shop. He held many jobs. After he returned from the military, Bud was employed in supervision at Mead Containers and retired from Nelson Containers.
Bud was a very kind, compassionate, and gracious man, who was always there to lend a helping hand to anyone who needed it. He had a particular affection for animals. He and Dotsy had several dogs throughout their life. He turned his backyard in Sussex into a haven for all of his "critters" that enjoyed his feeders that were filled daily, and the multitude of scattered nuts he would spread. He was a jovial guy who enjoyed going out and socializing, greeting everyone with his contagious smile, a hug, and an invitation to "stop in sometime"! He had a great sense of humor and loved cracking jokes. In his younger years he enjoyed fishing and hunting. He often fondly reminisced about camping trips with the Boetcher Boys, always adding, "But Dotsy was my best fishing buddy". Bud was just an all around nice guy who will be sorely missed by many.
Survivors include: his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Bilicki, a brother-in-law, Fredrick (Virginia) Boetcher, his godchild and niece, Susan Bartol, and other nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife, parents, stepfather, sister, and brother-in-law, Geraldine (Jerome) Wiedmeyer, an infant brother, stepbrother, Robert Bilicki, stepsister and brother-in-law, Florence (Ben) Smerlinski, parent-in-laws, brother-in-law, Robert Boetcher, and a sister-in-law, Verda (Ginger) Boetcher.
Memorial services for Bud will be held at the Suchon Funeral Home, 1317 State Highway 67, Plymouth, WI 53073 on Monday afternoon (April 9) at 3:00 PM. Father Wayne Bittner will officiate. Friends may call at the Suchon Funeral Home on Monday from 1:00 P.M. until the time of services. In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in his name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com. The family would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to the staff of the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for their wonderful care and compassion given to Uncle Bud.
Services Rendered by: Suchon Funeral Home