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Dwaine Traeder 01/09/2023

Dwaine Harley Traeder, age 95, passed away Monday January 9th, 2023 at the Deerfield Gables in New Richmond, WI after a long and happy life. Dwaine was born in Rome, WI to parents Albert and Elsie (Vinz) Traeder. He grew up on his family’s farm and enjoyed showing pigs at the fair through his 4H club. He would go on to be a 4H leader and dairy judge.
Dwaine served as a Navy Fireman 1st Class in the United States Navy during WWII. After the war he studied at the University of Wisconsin Madison and received a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture and a Master of Science in Meat and Animal Science. On May, 25th 1956 Dwaine married Maxine (Mac) Leone Diamond. They had one daughter, Heidi Beth. Dwaine worked as an Agriculture Agent in Sheboygan, WI from 1954-1964, Hayward, WI from 1964-1969, and Ashland, WI from 1969 until retirement. Later in life he would move to New Richmond, WI to be with his family, especially his three grandchildren.
Dwaine was a very social and friendly man. He had an amazing memory, was very articulate and enjoyed telling stories. He loved going on drives and looking at crops and farms. He enjoyed gardening and landscaping. Dwaine was a man of faith and attended services at First Lutheran Church in New Richmond, WI. He was a wonderful Grandfather who attended all of his grandkid’s sporting events, concerts, an any of their other interests. He also encouraged them to join Riverside 4H and was involved in all of their projects, especially when they showed cows. Dwaine was a kind, intelligent, strong, and hard-working gentleman who touched many people’s lives.
He is survived by his daughter, Heidi (Paul) Wefel; grandchildren, Megan, Keegan, and Max Wefel; and sister, Yvonne “Vonnie” Richard. He is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Maxine “Mac”; parents, Albert and Elsie Traeder; brothers, Howard and Gus; and sister, Corrine Shaw. If you had the pleasure to hear any of Dwaine’s stories or make stories with him, then you know how much of a great man he was. He was so loved and will be dearly missed.
Dwaine’s memorial service was held Saturday, January 21, 2023 at 3:00pm at Bakken-Young Funeral and Cremation Services (728 S. Knowles Avenue) in New Richmond, WI with a visitation starting 2 hours prior to the service. Interment will be at Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner, Wisconsin at a later date. Memorials preferred to Mayo Clinic – Cancer Research or given to the family, which will then be donated.
Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services.



  • Pamela Rehnelt Posted January 11, 2023 6:04 pm

    So blessed to have been a part of your loving family and happy to know you are at rest in your heavenly home! Always in my heart and know I will take care of Heidi! With gratitude & love! Pam

  • Dick Donatelle Posted January 15, 2023 7:02 am

    So sorry to hear of Dwain’s passing. I so enjoyed our visits over the years at the dealership. He would often stop by just to say hello, always interested in what I was doing, the car business and things around town, and of course Heidi and the grandkids. Just a real nice guy and he will be missed.

  • Stephanie Karno Posted January 15, 2023 5:40 pm

    We loved talking to your dad/grandpa and hearing stories. We’ve missed visiting as we walk by the house. Thinking of you all.

  • Paula Shores Posted January 16, 2023 1:22 pm

    So sorry to hear of Dwaine’s passing . I enjoyed having the pleasure of knowing Dwaine . Such a kind and caring man.

  • Janet Wallace Posted January 16, 2023 2:23 pm

    My deepest sympathy to you, Heidi, & your whole family. He was such a nice man.

  • Kari Solem Posted January 18, 2023 10:48 am

    So sorry for your loss Heidi. It was a pleasure knowing him, thanks for that honor.

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