Alvin "Bud" Springer

Nov 29, 1922 – Jan 27, 2019

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Alvin “Bud”Springer

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,  or mail to 297 SW 41st St., Renton, WA 98057.


Eugene Schlecht
Seattle, WA
Feb 13, 2019

It has been my privilege to know this wonderful couple for over 70 years and I've never met more friendly and kind people. Whether you were a relative or friend building a structure, pouring a concrete driveway or working on an automobile, you would always find Bud there to offering to help and offer his skills, of which he had many, and never expecting anything in return. In the late 1940' and early 1950's I know of several young people who decided to relocate from Mobridge to Seattle. Bud and Alvina didn't hesitate a moment in welcoming you in while getting settled and finding work. I know first hand, because I was one of them. To this day, I'm still awed by their generosity when thinking back. All of this while raising a young family of their own. A true friend, Bud. You will be greatly missed and remembered by all who had the privilege of knowing you. Rest in peace.

Frank Savage
Tumwater, Wa
Feb 11, 2019

Bud was a great guy! He was a very good friend of mine and we enjoyed each other’s company. I feel blessed to have been a part of his family and his life. I thought of him as “Dad”.

Betty Miller
Maquoketa,, Ia
Feb 11, 2019

My heart goes out to Alvina and her family. Bud was a special person and always helped others in anyway he could.

we were blessed to know Bud and Alvina and had so many wonderful winters with them in Arizona . we went on trips, had meals, card games, dances and they came to Iowa to see us. We shared a chain letter for many, many years. Bless each one of you.

Michele and Les Rambousek
Feb 10, 2019

My dear Uncle Bud, what can I say about Uncle Bud? I can tell you how Uncle Bud was the neatest uncle ever. How I'll always remember how Uncle Bud and Aunt Alvina would always make it a point to come back home for all of life's big events. You could always count on them. I loved the way Uncle Bud could always make you laugh and put a smile on your face. I love the way Uncle Bud loved and cared for Aunt Alvina. I'll always have fond memories of Uncle Bud. One that comes to mind is when I was a little girl and we went to visit Uncle Bud and Aunt Alvina in Seattle and I ended up getting the mumps. Seattle was getting blasted with snow at the time and good old Uncle Bud didn't hesitate one minute to put chains on his car tires to take me to the doctor. God bless Uncle Bud and his family. May he now rest in peace and know that he did good with his time here on earth. .

Irene Goetz
Feb 10, 2019

I'm so sorry about the death of Bud. I will really miss him. I always enjoyed when Bud and Alvina would come spend time with me and the rest of my family. I'll never forget when Christie died how Bud and Alvina came and stayed with me and Bud helped with harvest by driving truck for the combiners. My thoughts and prayers are with Bud and his whole family.

Tammy Hicks
Aberdeen, Sd
Feb 10, 2019

Have many great memories of Uncle Bud and Aunt Alvina coming to visit. He was a great guy. Always had stories to tell. Will miss his visits over the 4th of July. Sending prayers to the family.

Mike Schlecht
Bonney Lake, Wa
Feb 10, 2019

Bud, thank you for such excellent memories. Fishing on your secret shoreline at Moses Lake, camping all around Potholes Reservoir and riding motorcycles with Rick at Soda Lake stand out in my mind and will stick with me for the rest of my days. You helped make all these things happen and I'm grateful for it. Most of all Bud, thank you for the kindness you and Alvina always showed me my entire life. Peace to you till the end of time-

Penny Savage
Tumwater, WA
Feb 9, 2019

Hey, Dad. We miss you like crazy. Thank you for always making me feel loved and telling me that in words and actions. Our times fishing together - just the two of us - are some of my happiest memories.

Jody (Peckham) Weber
Everett, Wa
Feb 9, 2019

Alvina and family I'm so sorry for your loose. I love you all and I'm praying for peace and comfort in this time.

chuck & Pat fenske
Mobridge, SD
Feb 9, 2019

I always remember when Bud would come over to our

house to visit when other relatives were at my grand parents

I always remember all the good times with Bud and Alvina.

Nora Candelaria
Henderson, Nv
Feb 8, 2019

Rest In Peace Uncle Bud, Prays for the family. I love you all

Peggy Beck
Federal Way, Washington
Feb 8, 2019

My fondest memory is when we were young and our families would get together, he would always break out the accordion and play it for us. To this day he is the only one I personally knew who played one. Bud and Alvina were personally responsible for us moving to Seattle in 1952. Dad always said it was the best thing we ever did. Bud was always here to help. He will be greatly missed.

Rod Schlecht
Denver, Co
Feb 8, 2019

Rest in peace godfather. Thanks for all the fishing, hunting and camping memories. You will be missed.

Stacie Baker
Long Beach, CA
Feb 8, 2019

Uncle Bud was deeply lived and will be greatly missed.

Carolyn Schmitz
Smiths Grove, KY
Feb 8, 2019

You will be missed. Prayers are going out to the family and friends. Wish I could be there to help. Love you all.

Kelly Thies
Las Vegas , NV
Feb 8, 2019

Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends!

Susan Fenske
Aberdeen, SD
Feb 8, 2019

So very sorry to hear of Bud’s passing .I always enjoyed when him and I’ll find out what come to South Dakota to visit! He loved life and was loved by many!

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