Edward Buddrus passed away on February 15, 2014 at Saint Simeon’s in Tulsa, Oklahoma at the age of 92. He was the widower of Mary Elizabeth (Betty) Buddrus who preceded him in death in 1987. He was born in Muskogee, Oklahoma on November 22, 1921, and was the older of 2 children of Curt and Doris Buddrus, both of Muskogee. He was a graduate of Muskogee Central High School and attended Oklahoma A&M (now OSU) until the United States entered World War II. He enlisted in the Army and was a First Lieutenant, and met the love of his life Betty Buddrus while at Aberdeen training ground in Baltimore, Maryland. After the Armistice, he and Betty returned to Muskogee, and he became part of the management team at his father’s business-Acme Engineering & Manufacturing Corporation. At Acme he was President and Chairman of the Board and led the company to become one of Muskogee’s largest manufacturers. Ed worked at Acme for 65 years, and was an industry leader. He was a two time President of the Air Movement and Control Association (the industry’s trade association).
Ed is survived by his three children, Lee Buddrus and spouse Deborah, their children, Julie Brummett and spouse Troy, Jessica Buddrus; Nancy Stafford and spouse Charles, their children, Jimmy and Mary Elizabeth Young and spouse RJ; and Carol Carpenter and her child Connor. He has one great grandchild-- Jaxon Buddrus.
Ed was very much involved in St. Joseph Catholic Church and was a member of The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulcher of Jerusalem which traces its roots to the First Crusade, and was on the Board of Directors for Saint Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
Ed supported many Muskogee Charities such as the Boy Scouts, the Girl Scouts, Saint Joseph Catholic School, and Muskogee Little Theater; and he served on numerous state and local Boards including the Muskogee and State Chambers of Commerce.
He was a marathon runner and his record in the Orange Bowl Marathon in Miami was at the top of the 60 and over age group for many years for the state of Oklahoma. He had a love of golf and photography, and most of all he loved to travel with Betty, his children, and grandchildren. He was highly respected for his professionalism, integrity, and congeniality.
A Funeral Service Mass for Christian Burial will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church in Muskogee at 10am on Saturday February 22nd. Interment will follow at Memorial Park Cemetery in Muskogee. A Rosary service will be held at Saint Joseph Catholic Church at 7pm on Friday the 21st.
Please send memorials to: St. Joseph Catholic School, 321 N. Virginia, Muskogee, OK 74403 or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, 912 Killian Hill Road, S.W., Lilburn, GA 30047.
The family has entrusted Bradley Family Funeral Service with the arrangements. Friends may send condolences to the family at www.bradleyfuneralservice.com