Louis "Bud" Osterberger Jr. passed away Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2013, at the Monterey Park Nursing Center in Independence.
He was 83 years old, born in Milwaukee, Wis., on July 19, 1930, to Louis and Marie Osterberger. The family moved to St. Vincent, Ark., in 1946, where he met Dorothy Fay Swope. Bud served in the Navy from 1952-1956 and was honorably discharged with the rank of EN3 after a tour of duty that took him all over the Pacific aboard the USS Gardiners Bay. He returned to Arkansas and married Dorothy in Memphis, Tenn., in 1953. Bud and Dorothy moved to Independence and their daughter Deborah was born in 1956. The family built a new home at 1506 S.W, Clark Road in Blue Springs in 1960, where Bud lived the rest of his life. Their son, Neal, was born in 1961. Bud worked for 35 years as a lead man in the maintenance department of Allis-Chalmers Manufacturing in the agricultural machinery division. He had a life-long love of trucks, tractors and other farm equipment, owning several at his properties in Pleasant Hill, Mo., and Arkansas. After retirement, he joined his daughter and son-in-law in the grocery business as a partner in The Store Old-Fashioned Meat Market, where he made many friends while working the counter as a butcher alongside his family. He retired in 2010 and spent his time traveling between his farms in Arkansas and Pleasant Hill. He loved gardening, the Green Bay Packers, John Deere tractors, American made trucks, vanilla ice cream, and his family.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy; brothers, Bob, Dick and John; daughter, Debbie; son, Neal; grandchildren Tara, Chris, Kyle and Nathan; and many more family members and friends.
Visitation will begin at 10 a.m., followed by services at 11 a.m., on Friday, Oct. 4, at Chapel of Memories Funeral Home, 30000 Valor Drive, Grain Valley, 816-463-4030. Interment will be at Swan Lake Memorial Park, Grain Valley.