Jack Budreau, 82, Beaver Dam, passed away peacefully after an extended illness Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, at Clearview Nursing Home in Juneau.
Jack was born Jan. 27, 1931, in Boulder Junction, the son of Emil and Alice (Atkins) Budreau. He worked many odd jobs growing up but started in the grocery business in his teens. After he graduated from Woodruff High School, he married Gloria J. Radue in 1950. They would eventually have five children. Jack and Gloria spent their years together living in the Northwoods area of Boulder Junction, Merrill, and Rhinelander. Gloria passed away in 2004 of cancer.
After Jack attended business college, he worked his way up from a stock boy in Red Owl grocery stores to management until he became owner of his own Roundy’s stores. Jack moved to Mayville with his new wife, Bernadine, and purchased Mayville Food Lane in 1971, and sold it in 1982. They moved back to Merrill and bought the Merrill View Motel, and later moved to Fox Lake, where they purchased a mini-mart. Jack later began working for Gilmore’s Piggly-Wiggly of Beaver Dam, where it became his last employment. Jack will always be remembered as a respected businessman.
He was a member of the Lions Club and a chamber of commerce member and would eventually become president of both organizations. Jack was voted Business Man of the Year in Mayville in 1973 and received numerous awards and praise for his community involvement. He believed it was very important to give back to his community.
Jack is survived by his five loving children, Christine Budreau of Beaver Dam, Michael Budreau of Rhinelander, Brian Budreau of Fond du Lac, Jeff Budreau of Oshkosh, and Kay Budreau Schmidt of Beaver Dam; 10 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; one sister, Donna Grivicich, of Naples, Fla.; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; two brothers; one sister; and one son, Steven Jack.
A funeral service for Jack was held Thursday, Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., at Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services, 135 Keller Blvd., Beaver Dam.
Visitation was held from 2:30 p.m. until the start of the service.
Interment will take place Saturday, Feb. 23, 11 a.m., at Merrill Memorial Park, 201 Memorial Dr., in Merrill, WI. Memorials are preferred to the family.
Cornerstone Funeral & Cremation Services in Beaver Dam is honored to be serving the family.
You may send private online condolences or sign the family’s guestbook at www.cstonefs.com.