Bud & Sharon Loomis

2004 Commodore

Bud Loomis and First Mate Sharon Loomis

Commodore Career: Supervisor at Trane Company; retired 1997

Commodore Date of Birth: 10.29.1937

Commodore Hometown: La Crosse,WI

Siblings in order: Richard (2 years older) Lois (1 year older)

First Mate Career: Registered Nurse; retired 2010 First Mate Date of Birth: 4.27.1946
Hometown: Cashton, WI

Siblings in order: Shirley (2 years older) Jerry (4 years younger) Bob (11 years younger)

Children 1: Susan (1968)
Spouse: Ron Raedeke; Afton, MN

Grandchildren: Olivia (1991), Will (1995), Maggie (1999), Stella (2004)

Children 2: Barb (1970)
Spouse: Michael Wettstein; Holmen, WI

Grandchildren: Abiel (1997), Molly (1998), Ezekiel (2000), David (2002)

Date of Marriage: 3.9.1968
How did you and your partner meet? Introduced through

friends. Met in August 1967 and married 7 months later.

Commodore Hobbies and Interests: Sports: Packers, Grandchildren sports: Aquinas basketball, Badger football and basketball, fishing, and playing cards.

Commodore Community Involvement: Fundraiser
for CMN for 20+ years with Oldtimers’ 16″ tournament, Oktoberfest Parade Marshalls (Parade Marshal 2000), Blood donor (over 100 pints donated), Riverfest volunteer activities.

First Mate Hobbies and Interests: Knitting, reading, cooking, and playing cards.

First Mate Community Involvement: Volunteer Hamilton School, 1 day/week; funeral luncheons and other duties as needed at our church SEAS; Riverfest volunteer activities.

Interesting Family History: Both daughters and one son-in-law graduated from UW-Madison. Both daughters have Masters degrees in education. Both sons-in-law are engineers; one chemical and one electrical. Bud and I each experienced very serious health issues in 2003; Bud had surgery (with success) for lung cancer and I had an aortic valve replaced. Have been truly blessed! As of September, 2018, we will have 3 granddaughters attending UW- Madison.

Tell the story of how you were asked to be a Commodore and First Mate: Invited to Sullivan’s home to discuss
how Commodores could help Bud with his Oldtimers’ tournament. Surprise!

One thing on your Bucket List: Our dreams are to remain active as long as the Lord allows and to enjoy each beautiful day with family, friends, and fun!

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