Joseph B. (Bud) Prew, age 76 of Prairie du Chien passed away Monday, February 21, 2022, at home surrounded by his family. He was born in Prairie du Chien on September 8, 1945, the son of Peter and Mildred (Phillip) Prew. He graduated from Seneca High School in the class of 1964 before serving in the U.S. Navy for four years during the Vietnam War. Joe married Joanne Snell on September 27, 1969 at St. John’s Catholic Church and together they raised their family in the Prairie du Chien area. He hauled milk for Eastman Creamery before going to work at 3M Company in Prairie du Chien until retirement. After retiring Joe worked part time for Aztec (Dillman Equipment) for 15 years. Joe was an active member of the Prairie du Chien Military Honor Guard, serving as commander for several years. He was also an active member of the American Legion Post 68, St. John’s Catholic Church in Prairie du Chien, the Knights of Columbus Campion Council #1840, and the Prairie Rod & Gun Club. Joe was an avid wood worker and loved the outdoors. He looked forward to deer hunting every year. He is survived by his wife Joanne; their two sons Tom (Malen) and Andrew (Kristina); brothers Peter (Carol Crusan), Raymond (Julie), Louis, and Ronald (Joanne) Prew; sisters Susie Thompson, Margaret Bishell, Jeanette (Roger) Head, and Marlene (Ken) Baker; grandchildren Trent and Maddison Prew and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Dorothy Marx and infant sister Edith.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be Friday, February 25, 2022, at 11:00 A.M. at St. John’s Church of the Holy Family Parish, Msgr. Charles Stoetzel officiating with inurnment in the Calvary Cemetery, both in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the Garrity Funeral Home on Thursday, February 24, 2022, from 4:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. and at the funeral home an hour prior to the Mass. Military honors will be accorded by the Prairie du Chien Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to GIST Cancer Research, the Prairie du Chien Military Honor Guard, or Prairie Catholic Schools.
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Prairie Catholic Schools
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Gist Cancer Research Fund
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Prairie du Chien Military Honor Guard
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