Arthur J. (Bunkin) Wardelman
Arthur J. (Bunkin) Wardelman Evansville, Ind. Arthur J. (Bunkin) Wardelman, Associate Prof. Emeritus, Bradley University, of Peoria passed away at 11:06 p.m. on Sunday, February 12, 2017, at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria. He was born October 21, 1922, to Arthur M. and Elise (Alice) C. Wardelman, in Evansville, Ind. He married Selma F. Sorensen August 1, 1953, in Evansville, Ind. She passed away on July 22, 2007. Surviving are his two sons, Curtis A. Wardelman, of Peoria, Ill., and Dale (Rachel') A. Wardelman of Green Bay, Wisconsin; and his daughter, Barbara Jean Kirkpatrick, of Fox River Grove, Ill. He is also survived by five grandchildren, Tracy Sauerland (Steve), Todd Kirkpatrick (Tamra), Zachary Wardelman, Ross Wardelman and Aurora Wardelman; and five great-grandchildren, Taryn Sauerland, Amanda, Haley and Joshua Kirkpatrick and Walker Wardelman. Walker was born 30 minutes after Arthur passed. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and a daughter, Carole Ann. He was the first person in his family to attend college. While at Reitz High School in Evansville Ind., his English teacher asked him to enter an essay contest. He won the contest and the prize was a scholarship to the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind. He also was a veteran of World War II, having enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve, in 1942, while attending the University of Evansville. In May 1943, he was called to active duty and was assigned to the 95th Infantry Division where he served until he was wounded in action, in France in November 1944, while leading his platoon. He always said being wounded was the best thing to ever happen to him. The day after being wounded his entire platoon was killed in an ambush. After recovering, he was placed on limited duty and transferred to the Army Air Corps where he served until he was discharged in December 1945. He was awarded the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. He earned his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Evansville, in 1947, and his Master's Degree from Indiana University in 1955. He began his teaching career, in 1948, as Instructor of Accounting at the University of Evansville. In 1951, he accepted the position of chief accountant of the University of Evansville. In 1953, he accepted a staff accountant position with the CPA firm of Caddick, Gaither, and Horton. Upon receiving his CPA certificate from the State of Indiana in 1955, he resigned to open his own CPA office. In 1960, he rejoined the Faculty of the University of Evansville as an assistant professor of accounting. In 1963, he joined the Faculty of the College of Business at Bradley University as an Associate Professor of Accounting and served until he retired in 1988. He was a member of The American Institute of CPAs, The Illinois CPA Society, The American Accounting Association and The American Society of College Professors. The Illinois CPA Society named him as one of their "Distinguished Members in 1988". He attended Epworth Methodist Church in Peoria, Ill. Arthur's years in Peoria brought many memories. He raised his family in Peoria, with a son and granddaughter both graduating from Bradley University. He was extremely devoted to his wife, Selma, and both enjoyed going dancing every weekend, playing cards and traveling. His passion for bowling showed in the many years of leagues he played on, most recently in 2015, but it also resonated in his two sons who also loved the game. His grandkids visited often throughout their lives creating special memories for each of them. He was truly a wonderful man. Services will be held on Thursday February 16, 2017, at 2 p.m. at the Chapel in Alexander Memorial Park in Evansville, Ind. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Bradley University, Accounting Department Scholarships. To view Arthur's memorial page or to leave an online condolence please go to www.davison-fulton.com .
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