Dud Wasser, born Paul Dudley Wasser, 80, of Batavia, IL, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 29, 2012 at Rosewood Care Center in St Charles, IL, after battling pancreatic cancer. Affectionately known as “The King” to his children, he will be deeply missed by his family. Dud was born October 23, 1932 in Milwaukee, WI. He moved to Batavia, IL with his parents as a young boy. He was a 1950 graduate of Batavia High School and a long-time employee of Rachielles’ Pharmacy also in Batavia. He worked at the family-owned business, Batavia Soil Builders on Nelson Lake Road in Batavia, during his high school years, until the business was sold in the mid 1970s. After high school, Dud attended Purdue University and Worsham College of Mortuary Science. Later, he served as a sergeant in the USMC Recon, while stationed at Camp Pendleton, CA and Hawaii. In 2008, Dud retired from Carlson Hardware in Wheaton, IL. Dud’s passions included a love of flying small airplanes, photography, reading, fishing in Wisconsin and Canada with family and friends, hunting and sports. He coached and umpired little league and high school baseball games for many years, and he was an avid Chicago Cubs, New York Yankees and Green Bay Packers fan. He will be remembered by his family for his sense of humor, and for establishing the family traditions of taking yearly vacations, attending Cubs games together, tobogganing in the winters, and playing cards, including weekly poker games. Dud leaves behind his brother Fred Wasser of Rhinelander, WI; his three children, Pamela Wasser Muse (Dan) of Memphis, TN, Patricia Wasser Brock of Batavia, IL and Paul G. Wasser of Batavia, IL. He is also survived by his five grandchildren, Kelly Swayne of North Aurora, IL, Steven Brock of Sammamish, WA, Christopher Brock of Renton, WA, Tina Wasser Drakeford of Lawrenceville, GA, Jason Wasser of Sterling, IL; and his great-grandson, Caidoc Brock of Renton, WA. He was preceded in death by his parents, LaVona and Paul A. Wasser of Batavia, IL. A visitation and celebration of his life will be held from 4-8 P.M. on Wednesday, January 2, 2013 at Moss Family Funeral Home, 209 S. Batavia Ave., Batavia, IL A funeral service will be held at 10 A.M. on Thursday, January 3, 2013 at the funeral home. Interment will be private.
Contributions may be made in Dud’s name to the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502 OR www.pancreaticcancerfoundation.com.