Alvin "Bud" Springer
Nov 29, 1922 – Jan 27, 2019
11-29-22 to 01-27-19
Alvin “Bud” Springer was born in Murdo, South Dakota on November 29, 1922. His mother, Nora Perron Springer, died at his birth, so Bud and his three siblings – Art Springer, Evie Kossow and Maddie Schaefer – were cared for by their Aunt Alice and Uncle Wesley Smith. At age two, Bud and the others moved in with his grandfather, Richard Springer for five years. They then moved to Timber Lake, South Dakota. He moved in with his father Charlie Springer as a teenager. His stepmother Lena Kessler, stepsisters Norma Little and Hazel Pendell, and half-sister Nila Robbins joined his family when he was a young adult.
He married his sweetheart Alvina Schlecht on April Fools’ Day, 1943. They had three children: Gerrie (Dick) Peterson, Penny (Frank) Savage, and Rick Springer.
They moved to Seattle in 1945.
Bud loved his family, spending much time with his children, 9 grandchildren, 11 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild. He was especially happy when each new child was born, and most recently found joy in the birth of great granddaughter Nora Jane Gaborit, named after his mother. The family has been privileged to have Bud at its helm. His love for all of us will be sorely missed.
Bud liked to have fun. He enjoyed traveling throughout 49 states in their Fifth Wheeler, camping, fishing, hunting, playing pool and dancing, especially to their favorite song, “Blue Skirt Waltz”. For over 20 years, the couple spent half the year at their home in Apache Junction, Arizona.
He was a great story teller. He loved to tell jokes, remember special times, and speak of family and friends, old and new.
Bud’s strong work ethic was evident in his many years as a truck driver, which he excelled in and enjoyed. He consistently maintained and improved their home and yard and kept all vehicles in good running order. Bud willingly helped family and friends, repairing cars and helping with home maintenance.
Bud and Alvina’s relationship was strong, and became stronger through the years. He looked out for Alvina and she looked out for him. They celebrated 75 years of marriage April, 2018. Bud was extremely proud of this accomplishment and enjoyed telling all he met about this joyous event.
Bud and Alvina were members of Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church for over 60 years. Bud was a proud member of the Teamsters Union.
Bud passed away on January 27, 2019 at Great Leaf Home Care, at the age of 96, of natural causes. The family wants to thank the staff at Great Leaf for their excellent care of Bud during the last several months.
A memorial is scheduled for Sunday, February 17, at 2:00, at Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church, 16919 33rd Ave S, Sea Tac, WA 98188. Reception will follow.
Because Bud loved fishing and loved children, in lieu of flowers, please consider donating to C.A.S.T. for Kids, a program that provides fishing opportunities for children with special needs. Click on https://castforkids.networkforgood.com/projects/68838-penny-savage-s-fundraiser, or mail to 297 SW 41st St., Renton, WA 98057.
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