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February 20, 2014

Business leader Buddrus mourned

Ed Buddrus will be remembered as a significant man in many people’s lives in Muskogee.

“Mr. Buddrus was a big part of my life,” said Mike Voegeli of Muskogee.

“He was my sponsor when I got confirmed as a Catholic,” Voegeli said. “He gave me my first job out of high school.”

Buddrus died Feb. 15 at the age of 92. Born on Nov. 22, 1921, Buddrus lived, thrived and was loved in Muskogee. He was a graduate of Muskogee Central High School and attended Oklahoma A&M.

He entered the Army during World War II and was discharged in 1945. Before returning to Muskogee, he met his future wife in Baltimore.

“That’s where he met Betty, and she came back here to Oklahoma,” Voegeli said.

Buddrus worked for Acme Engineering, which his father, Curt Buddrus, started in 1938.

Edward Buddrus later became the president and chairman of the board of Acme Engineering and Manufacturing Corp.

A longtime friend and former neighbor, Joan Pierret, said Buddrus was looked up to in the business community.

“He was really highly thought of as a businessman here in town,” Pierret said.

Buddrus was a former president of the Chamber of Commerce, Greater Muskogee Development Corporation, Air Moving and Conditioning Association, Rotary Club, and Community Chest. He served on the boards of First National Bank and Trust Co. and the Catholic Foundation of Oklahoma.

Business was only one part of Buddrus’ life. He was a very active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church. Voegeli said Buddrus also was known as a disciplined athlete.

“He was a marathon runner all his life. He ate right. He was tall, lean, and mean,” Voegeli said.

Buddrus was active in his church and several charitable organizations. He was also involved with the YMCA, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and Muskogee Little Theatre.

Voegeli said that he spent summers at the Buddrus’ lake cabin fishing.

“He taught me how to ski,” Voegeli said.

Pierret said Buddrus was a man faithful to his services.

“What they asked him to do, he did,” she said.

Buddrus is survived by his son, Lee Buddrus, and two daughters, Nancy Stafford and Carol Carpenter, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Lee Buddrus said his father was a vital member of the community. “He worked very hard for the Muskogee community,” he said.

Rosary will begin at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph. Services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the church under the direction of Bradley Family Funeral and Cremation Service.

Reach E.I. Hillin at (918) 684-2926 or ehillin@muskogeephoenix.com.

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