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Bruce Charles BADE

April 19, 1943August 20, 2020

Bruce Bade, Lieutenant Commander, US Navy (retired)

Bruce Bade, aged 77, was born in Wisconsin to Laverne and Lucille Bade. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, the former Virginia (Ginger) Luetzow, their daughter Catherine Bade, and his two brothers, Richard Bade and Charles Bade, and two sisters, Barbara Ingram and Mary Bade. He was predeceased by daughter Jennifer. Bruce graduated as salutatorian and president of his senior class at Lake Mills High School, where he earned four sports letters. He was commissioned in the US Navy upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 1965. He served in US Navy destroyers and an amphibious ship with home ports in Yokosuka, Japan, Long Beach, CA, and San Diego, CA and which were deployed to the Western Pacific and participated in the Vietnam War. Bruce went on to serve over thirty years in the Pentagon, first in the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations and subsequently as a Navy officer and senior civilian executive in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He earned a Master of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, completed the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI and earned a Master of Science degree from the National War College. He was a member of Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Interment will occur at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.


Bruce Charles BADE

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gene bosben

January 3, 2021

ginger- the news is so sad-i'm not good at talking this way-would you email me how to call you-again so sorry --your old friend-boz

David & Carole Whiteree

August 25, 2020

Friends since early 80’s, David wrote this poem in March, 2010 :-
When asked to travel widely in the service of the state
Bruce would girder up his sturdy loins & simply murmur “great”
No Journey was too arduous or far & wide the distance
He’d eat the miles with modest smiles in each & every instance
At the naval staff in London he would truly show his mettle
Fish, chips, warm beer & bangers & “Ginge, put on the kettle”
In navy days he’d ride the waves, stick firmly to his gun
This modus then continued when his service days were done
At home in every meeting place Manila, Sydney, Rio
He’d hold the floor sum up the score with panache, charm & brio
Clear, insightful commentary was his stock in trade
And subtle skilled persuasion was how the game was played
Prompt, precise & punctual, no time to dilly dally
Front of the line & right on time at every Porsche rally
You’ve come far from Wisconsin Lakeland of cheese & Packers
And, Bruce, all here, like Ginger, we are your long time backers.

Charles Taylor

August 25, 2020

I first met Bruce in 2006. While we worked for different agencies in Crystal City, Virginia, we would park our 356s in our building parking garage. He would drive his 356A Coupe or his 928 and I would drive my 356A cab or my 911. We would often gather at interagency meetings where we would find a moment to exchange the latest news or challenges about our Porsches. He was truly a great guy, always willing to share professional insights and tricks to keep the old cars on the road. I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the Bade family. May God be with you during these most difficult times. Bruce touched many of us both personally and professionally. He will surely be missed.