Bob Buddenberg, 92 - June 21, 2012
It would have tickled Bob Buddenberg that it rained the night before he died, Thursday, June 21, 2012. Rain in June—to a lifelong farmer—means a chance to rest.
Inurnment is planned at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, July 7, at Peckham Cemetery. Memorial services will follow at 11 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Matt Coplen officiating.
Register book signing will take place on Friday, July 6, from 1 to 8 p.m. with family members present from 6 to 8 p.m. at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel.
Robert Cole Buddenberg, 92, was born Sept. 7, 1919, at the Ottawa, KS, fire station, the eldest of three sons of Rahi Stanley and Ruth (Cole) Buddenberg, who moved their family in 1924 to a farm southwest of Gothenburg.
Except for his last year at the Wisner Care Center, and the years he spent in Europe with the Army during World War II, Buddenberg lived in Gothenburg his entire life farming, feeding beef cattle and raising a family of seven children.
He graduated valedictorian from Gothenburg High School in 1937, and attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln studying engineering and music. He played with the university band that went to the Rose Bowl in 1941.
His education was interrupted by World War II, and upon returning to school, he earned a master’s degree in math and music from the University of Michigan, again marching in the Rose Bowl.
It was while at the University of Michigan that Buddenberg met Phyllis Fischer whom he married on June 20, 1948. They moved to a life as musician-farmers in Gothenburg.
Buddenberg and his wife taught music to their seven children, played in countless community music productions in Gothenburg and helped found the Sandhills Symphony, an orchestra based in North Platte in 1961. For many years he played Taps at graveside for fellow veterans as part of the Gothenburg Honor Guard.
He served for many years in leadership posts for the Extension Service, from 4-H club leader to the Lincoln and Dawson Counties’ 4-H Councils to the advisory board at the University of Nebraska’s North Platte Experiment Station. At Gothenburg’s school system, he served multiple terms on the school board and for years drove bus loads of athletes to away games.
Buddenberg’s wife preceded him in death in 1983. He was united in marriage to Janice Lacey Williams on Oct. 26, 1985, retired from farming, shifted his membership from Banner United Methodist Church to the First Presbyterian, and for the first time in his life moved to a permanent urban address in Gothenburg. She too, preceded him in death in 2004, as did his brothers, William and Frank in 1980 and 2006 respectively.
Survivors include: his children—Rex (MJ) Buddenberg of Monterey, CA, Ann (Rich) Norgard of Wisner, Robert J (Pam) Buddenberg of Gothenburg, Betsy (Bruce) Crabtree of Creston, Roger (Laura) Buddenberg of Omaha, Roz (Denise) Buddenberg of McCook and Carol (Bill) Rosenau of Blair; step-children—Jan (Larry) Gill and Matt (Sue) Williams, all of Gothenburg; 19 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven step-great-grandchildren.
Memorials are suggested to the Sandhills Symphony and the Gothenburg Community Playhouse/Sun Theatre.