Contributed by Donna Hance
Friday, October 17, 2003
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Arnold W. Gadow, age 78, died Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003, at Heartland Nursing Home in Shawano.
He was born Jan. 13, 1925, in Barton, Wis., the son of the late Walter and Christine (Peterson) Gadow. He was united in marriage to LaVerne Strand on Oct. 5,1973. Arnold graduated from West Bend High School in 1942 and served in the United States Navy during World War II from 1943 until 1946. After his honorable discharge from the Navy he worked for the Milwaukee Fire Department for 30 years and also for the Coast Guard Reserves for 30 years. He retired from both in 1985. Arnold was a volunteer with the Barton and West Bend Fire Department and a charter member of Barton VFW Post 8658. He was a member of the Cecil American Legion, Shawano VFW, and St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cecil. Arnold was a good father, husband and grandpa as well as a talented cook and a lover of animals.
Survivors include: his wife and sons from a former marriage, Richard (Sandra) Gadow of Jackson, Wis., Charles (Janie Schmitt) Gadow of Ixonia, Wis.; grandchildren, Trent, Regina and Nicholas Gadow; step-children, Tom (Jean) Strand of Nekoosa, Patricia Strand of Menomonee Falls; step-grandchildren, Michelle (Eric) Stallings of Wisconsin Rapids, Angela (Chris) Kautzer of Nekoosa; step-great-grandchildren, Sean and Ally Stallings, Carson Kautzer. Arnold leaves: two sisters and a brother, Rhea Dricken of Lake Lenwood, West Bend, Kathryn (Fred) Reimann of Wabeno, John (Pat) Gadow of Madison; a cousin, Arnold Dorn of Kewaskum; god-daughter, Kay Dricken of West Bend; many other nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Arnold was preceded in death by: his daughter, Cynthia Gadow; a brother-in-law, Len Dricken; a step-mother, Marcella Gadow.
Funeral services will be held on Monday, Oct. 20, at 11 a.m. at St. Martin's Catholic Church in Cecil. Friends may call at Zastrow Funeral Home in Cecil on Sunday, Oct. 19, from 4 until 8 p.m. with military rites performed by the Cecil American Legion at 7 p.m. and a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue on Monday from 10 a.m. until the time of services. Interment will be on Monday in the Sacred Heart Mausoleum in Shawano.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be given in Arnold's memory.