Victor “Doc” Felde

Victor D. “Doc” Felde of Grafton died Friday, Sept. 6. at home. He was 96.  

Mr. Felde was born on Dec. 24, 1922, in Milwaukee to David and Marie “Mary” Schneider Felde.  

In 1943, he was drafted into the U.S. Army and became a medic in the 101st Airborne division serving in the glider division in Europe.

It was there he became known as “Doc,” a nickname that stuck with him the rest of his life.

“He did not talk about the war very much, but he sometimes would show us pictures of guys he served with,” his son Jim said.

In 1948, he married Carolyn Raddu in Milwaukee.

After World War II, he got a job with the City of Milwaukee water works department, rising to the position of supervisor and staying there 33 years.

Mr. Felde grew up on Milwaukee’s north side near 34th Sttreet and Villard Avenue. After marriage, he and Mrs. Felde bought a house in the neighborhood and raised their family.

He was a founding member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6498 at 33rd and Villard. The VFW post later moved to Wauwatosa.

After he retired, the couple moved to Grafton in 1994 and some of their children, now grown, followed them.

He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Grafton.

Mr. Felde was a loyal daily customer at Flipside Café in Grafton, where he enjoyed breakfast every morning.

“The waitresses were very fond of him,” his son said. “If he missed a day, they would call the house to check on him. He didn’t miss many.

“He had a different breakfast for every day. I started meeting him on Mondays. That was blueberry pancakes day. The waitresses knew what he would order. He never got a menu,” his son said.

Mr. Felde also enjoyed fishing, video poker and traveling to Las Vegas.

Mr. Felde is survived by sons James “Flyer” (Mary Ellen) of Wauwatosa and Al, Steve and Jeff, all of Grafton; daughters Geri (Fred) Mac Donald of Port Washington andLori (J.R.) Martinez of Grafton; grandchildren Sara (Matt Scherrer) Felde, Michelle Felde, Bobby Lindbloom, Steve (Wendy) Felde, Pat Felde, James (Randi) Mac Donald, Ryan Mac Donald, Mike Merkel, Dennis Merkel, Sue (Shaun) Lieven, Andy (Andrea) Leonard and Nicole Leonard; and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife Carolyn and daughter Chris Leonard.

Funeral services will be held 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 14, at Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory in Grafton. The Rev. Scott Kruse of St. Paul Lutheran Church will officiate.

Visitation will be at the funeral home at 9:30 a.m. Saturday prior to the funeral

Interment at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grafton will follow with full military honors.

 

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