Aden Earl Bankord

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  • Name: Aden Earl Bankord
  • Location of Birth: Pengilly, Minnesota
  • Date of Birth: March 8, 1925
  • Date of Death: March 5, 2018 (92 years old)
  • Parents: William Bankord and Ellen (Johnson) Bankord
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  • Branch: Navy
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  • Military Awards:
    Aden received unit commendations for his bravery in four major battles.

  • Military Highlights:
    Aden proudly served in the Navy aboard the USS Hudson (DD-475) in the Pacific in World War II.

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    World War II

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  • Civilian Life:
    Aden married Ruth M. Thies on June 16, 1945, in Rockford, Illinois after serving in the military.

    Aden and Ruth had been residents of Lake Mills, Wisconsin for over fifty years, first building a lake cottage on Elm Point.

    Aden and Ruth were especially proud of their daughter, Barbara.

    He owned and operated Forest City Floors in Rockford, Illinois after the war. Later Aden and Ruth created Silver Needles, Inc., in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and were distributors for electric knitting machines, yarns and their creation, the electric cone winder. Aden also drove a school bus for Lake Mills, Wisconsin schools for thirty years.

    Aden was an avid sailor in the Rock Lake Yacht Club, enjoyed golfing, skiing and bowling. Aden was very skilled in carpentry, woodworking, tile work, masonry, wallpaper, metal machining and fabrication along with repair and maintenance of all things electrical or mechanical.

    He was a member of the Lake Mills United Methodist Church in Lake Mills, Wisconsin. He was a regular supporter of numerous local service groups and charities.

    Aden was beloved by those whose lives he touched and will be sorely missed, especially by his dog, Lester.
    Survivors include his son-in-law, Scott Sperl; sisters, Beatrice, Betty, and Bonnie; brothers, Eugene (Cleo) and Larry (Pat); along with many nieces and nephews, other relatives and friends, including longtime friend, Evelyn Williams.

    He is preceded in death by his wife, Ruth; daughter, Barbara; brothers, Howard, Gordon, and Wilbur; and sisters, Beverly and Hazel.

    Aden passed away at his home in Lake Mills, Wisconsin and is buried in Rock Lake Cemetery at Lake Mills, Wisconsin. (Section 14-027)

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