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Hafeman, Arnold
Arnold “Bud” Hafeman, 89, of Wausau, passed away on Tuesday, January 2, 2018 at Evergreen Place at Northcentral Health Care Center.

Bud was born in the Town of Wausau on March 2, 1928 to the late Arnold and Hazel (Kaufman) Hafeman. He married Ruth Ann Zillman on September 22, 1951 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, Wausau and together they worked on the family farm.

Bud loved to travel locally. He especially loved taking rides on his Honda Goldwing. He enjoyed spending time with his grand dog Oscar or going to visit his Amish friends and taking time to sit and chat.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann; son David (Char) of Wausau and his grand dog, Oscar.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents and his two sisters, Audrey Zahrt and Shirley Zahn.

A memorial service will take place at 11:00 am on Friday, January 5, 2018 at St. Paul United Church of Christ, 426 Washington Street. Visitation will take place from 10:00 am until the time of services at the church.

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  1. Dan Westaby

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dear Dave and Char,

    Sorry to hear about your Dad, you are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Dan and Holly Westaby

  2. Sandra Burger

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Ruth Ann and David..very sorry to hear about Bud..he was an awesome man who had a gift for making anyone laugh! I will never forget him. My Dad and Bud were great friends. He always made him laugh and smile!! Sandra Burger

  3. Char hafeman

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Bud was an amazing man. A kind ,compassionate,hard wrking,loving husband,good father and a true friend to all that knew him. A man of few words who wanted no big fuss over his passing and certainly no praise of his accomplishments. So in honor of those wishes I will say only this, you made a difference in my life dad.You made me want to be a better person,and to enjoy the small things in life. Like sitting outside and and appreciating all that God has given us. You lived a good life with an amazing woman always by your side. You were loved by many and gave love and friendship to many as well. Thank you dad for being you and being part of my life. God has taken you home and if he needs help farming he picked the right guy. You will always be loved and missed and thought of with utmost fondness,by me.Your daughter in char

  4. vinessa Marlys Zillman

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Dear Ruth, Just heard of your husbands passing. My condolences to you. Vinessa Marlys Zillman.

  5. Cindy Weinkauf

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    We want to send our condolences on your loss.

    Dennis & Cindy Weinkauf

  6. Wendy Gohdes

    01/02/2018 at 12:00 pm

    Ruth Ann… So sorry to read of Bud’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Glenn and Wendy Gohdes