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Carl "Bud" Bong

Oct. 12, 1926 to June 19, 2014

Carl "Bud" Bong from Poplar, WI died on June 19, 2014, in San Diego after five years of Lewy Body Dementia.

He earned his BS and MFA at UW Superior and taught art in Osseo, Wis. for many years. He chronicled the life of his brother, Major Richard Bong, America's Ace of Aces, in two books: Ace of Aces: The Dick Bong Story, co-written by Mike O'Connor and Dear Mom, So We Have a War.

He is survived by the love of his life, his wife, Anna (Niemi), three children Wade, Richard and Jody, and sisters Geraldine Fechtelkotter, Barbara Peterman and Joyce Erickson.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Deborah "Jill" who died on April 22, 2013, after a long and valiant fight with brain cancer, his parents Carl and Dora, brothers Dick and Jim, and sisters Nelda Peterson, Betty and Sue.

Please send memorial donations to The Bong Heritage Center, 305 Harbor View Parkway, Superior, WI 54880