Henry F Bader

September 8, 1927July 26, 2011

Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes obit for: Sunday 7-31-11 Long Notice – Lansing State Journal w/ Photo Washington Post w/ Photo

Henry F. Bader Okemos, Michigan

Born September 8, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York to Frederick and Eleanor Bader, passed away July 26, 2011 at the age of 83. Henry served as a Navy Seabee from 1944-46 during WWII. He was a Detective Sergeant for the Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Dept and retired after 23 years of service. He and his wife moved to Okemos in 1994. Henry loved his boys and felt that the value of a college education was of utmost importance. His pastimes included a love of American history, western movies and his grandchildren. Henry touched many lives with a sincere, simple smile and his favorite saying “Don’t take any wooden nickels.”

Henry was preceded in death by his wife of 57 years, Annette in 2008. He is survived by his sons, Richard (Kathy) and Robert (Karen); grandchildren, Christine, Kimberly, Travis, Jeff, and Krista.

The family will gather privately in September to celebrate and honor the lives of Henry and Annette Bader. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, 3816 Paysphere Circle, Chicago, IL 60603 or the American Cancer Society, 3100 West Rd, Bldg B, Ste 110, East Lansing, MI 48823 in Henry’s memory. The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing. On line condolences may be made to


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American Heart Association

August 1, 2011

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

John Milks

July 30, 2011

Rich, I'm so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing this week. And to read your Mom passed away 3 years ago. I have fond memories of meeting them both during the time I was helping you and Kathy purchase your first home in Okemos. I had to smile when I read his favorite saying: "Don't take any wooden nickels"! Even after 17 years I still remember him saying that when we finished a showing appointment. I really liked both your parents very much. My thoughts will be with you both in the days to come.... I consider 'thoughts'as prayers, so you'll have lots of those from me in North Carolina. Love the photo of him too, as I can see the "smile in his eyes"! Take good care, my friend!