Remembering Meinhardt “Mike” Bader
Meinhardt Bader, 82, of Grand Forks, died on Thursday, Aug. 18, at Valley Eldercare in Grand Forks.
Meinhardt was born on Nov. 16, 1928, the son of John and Julia (Weller) Bader in New Leipzig, N.D. He grew up in New Leipzig and graduated from high school there in 1947. Meinhardt graduated from UND in 1951. He married Delores Wolf on April 18, 1954. Meinhardt served in the U.S. Air Force from 1951 through 1971 and retired at the rank of major. He served in the Korean and Vietnam conflicts and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. Meinhardt earned his masters in accounting from UND in 1972 and earned his CPA certificate in 1973. He taught in the Accounting Department at UND from 1972 through 1991.
Meinhardt was an avid fisherman and enjoyed playing golf during his retirement. He was an active member of Calvary Lutheran Church for nearly 50 years. He was also an avid supporter of UND athletics. He was a devoted husband to his wife, a loving father to his sons, and the best grandfather ever to his grandchildren. Faith, family, and friends were the most important things in Meinhardt’s life, and he will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved him.
Meinhardt is survived by his wife, Delores; sons: Michael (Mary) Bader, Minneapolis, Minn., and Keith (Karen) Bader, Modesto, Calif.; sister: Elaine (Harry) Hanson, Edina, Minn.; and five grandchildren: Kenneth, Steven, Lauren, Catherine, and David.
Meinhardt was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Robert, Ray, and Marvin; and sister Alma Mueller.