David Laverne Bubolz, age 82, of Wisconsin Rapids, passed away peacefully at home on November 10, 2021; surrounded with love in the weeks leading up to the moment he passed.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be 11:00 A.M. on Thursday, November 18, 2021 at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church in Wisconsin Rapids, Rev. Alan Guanella will officiate. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at Herman-Taylor Funeral Home and from 10:00 A.M. until the time of services on Thursday at the church.
David was born on September 12, 1939 in Oshkosh WI, the son of Norman and Lucille (Horn) Bubolz. Weighing 11+ pounds, David proudly told his children he was the largest baby born at Oshkosh Memorial Hospital at that time. He attended eight grades of school at Turner Grade School in Vesper, and graduated Rudolph High School in 1957, where he was an athlete, active in FFA and band, student council member and homecoming king. David enlisted in the Army and served two years (which included 18 months in Germany). He married Rose Marie Linzmeier September 17, 1960 at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church in Milladore; and not long after their marriage he and Rose were Polka Champions at a dance in Ripon, Wisconsin for their skillful polish hop.
David and Rose began their life together in Ripon, Wisconsin. David worked at Speed Queen 1959-1965 and 7-up Company in Oshkosh 1965-1966. In 1966 David became a sworn officer of the Ripon Police Department and worked there three years until accepting employment with the Port Edwards Police Department 1969. He retired as Chief of the Port Edwards Police Department in 1992.
David was a man who loved to travel, including many annual trips to Las Vegas with close friends, a trip to Europe to visit their two sons stationed at RAF Lakenheath, and several cruises. David also enjoyed camping. Weekend camping trips were a routine family outing, and later after his children moved on he and Rose traded in the frequent travels for a seasonal campsite at Deer Trail Park in Nekoosa. After selling their house, he and Rose gave up the seasonal site and traveled throughout 46 of 50 states (their only treasures were those that fit within the travel trailer). Eventually they settled down to winters in Las Vegas and summers in Wisconsin until 2009 when they sold their camper and returned to Wisconsin permanently.
David was a member of the Ripon Eagles, Jayco Camping Club, St. Alexanders Catholic Church, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Port Edwards Volunteer Fire Department, and the Wisconsin Professional Police Association.
His children could always count on him to be at their events and cheering them on (whether it was in person or watching from a distance in the police squad); and when on their own they could count on him to help with projects like building garages and clearing land for new home construction. He was always there to lend a hand (or more) for his children.
David is survived by his wife of 61 years Rose Bubolz; children, David Lee Bubolz, Kathleen (David) Alft, Michael Bubolz, Jean (Tom) Biel, and Patricia Bubolz; daughter-in-law Cyndi Bubolz; grandchildren, Jessica (Brandon) Holtz, Justus (Ashley) Arendt, Dennis Bubolz Jr, Sabrina Biel, Allison Alft, Emily Bubolz, Shelby (Ty) Bernarde, Jacob Biel, Nick Bubolz, Colton Bubolz, Skylar Westrum, and Tucker Westrum; great-grandchildren Liam Biel-Biesek, Violet Bernarde, Tyson Holtz, Bruce Biel-Young, and Ellie Holtz; siblings Norman (Elaine) Bubolz, Anna Binger, and Orville (Linda) Bubolz; sister-in-law Carol Wiskerchen; brother-in-laws Leonard (Betty) Linzmeier and James Linzmeier; and many extended family and lifelong friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Dennis James Bubolz, parents-in-law Ulrich & Bernice Linzmeier, sisters Lois Peplinski and Luann Bubolz, brother Donald Bubolz, and brother-in-laws Bill Binger, Clarence Peplinski, and Ed Wiskerchen.
The family would like to extend a special note of thanks to the Aspirus Cancer Care-Wisconsin Rapids and Aspirus Comfort Care & Hospice Services.
In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be designated to the Wood County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit.
Herman-Taylor Funeral Home is honored to be assisting the family.
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