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James "Bud" Sazama(1926 - 2012)

Sazama, James "Bud"

James J. "Bud" Sazama, 86, Marshfield, died on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at House of the Dove Hospice Home, Marshfield, surrounded and held by his family.

These are final sending words for a good and simple man. For those of you who knew Bud, you knew him to be a wise man of honest generosity, a man of old fashioned values and wanderlust, a fun man with a great gift for storytelling and a man who did right by those he loved---always. He will be deeply and dearly missed. Peace and a Toast to you, Bud!

Let us tell you a bit about Bud so you might wish him well on his journey. Bud was born on February 20, 1926 on the family farm in the Town of Frankfort, Marathon County, to John and Ida (Schilling) Sazama. He shared his home with one sister and two brothers. The farm is where Bud delivered his strong work ethic and respect for the land.

Bud was united in marriage to Jean A. Nikolay on September 10, 1952 and raised 4 children, Reed, Renee, Sheila and Ryan.

He worked his adult life as a cheesemaker along with Jean at Green Valley Cooperative, Rangeline, from 1948 until 1974. He also worked at Beatrice Cheese, Marshfield, until his retirement in 1988. He respected work, so did his job well.

He was a member of the Knights of Columbus John Eisen Council #1799 of Marshfield. Bud enjoyed traveling, reading, snowmobiling, new vehicles and John Deere tractors.

In the end we are our stories and Bud had a lot of them. We use them to define ourselves and others define us by them. One that particularly represents Bud, though he wouldn't admit it, comes from the cottage days on the Big Eau Pleine Flowage. Bud was boating and came across a stranded boater. Bud, always prepared for an emergency, quickly provided a quart of oil that the stranger needed to return to shore. At the stranger's offer of money, Bud declined, asking only that the stranger do something nice for someone the next day. That was the way Bud was. He was an example to all of us of paying it forward and doing the right thing even when no one is looking.

He is survived by his wife, Jean, and their children, Reed (Judy) Sazama, Renee (Jeff) Scheel, Sheila (Terry) Christensen, all of Marshfield, and Ryan Sazama of Sheboygan. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren, Adrian Sazama, Matt Scheel, and Hatley Christensen. He is further survived by 2 brothers, Sylvester and Leon (Pat) Sazama, all of Colby.

He was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Marie Umnus.

In lieu of flowers, do something special with your families. In addition, the family requests that memorial gifts in Bud's Sazama's name be sent to the House of the Dove Hospice Home, 1000 West 11th Street, Marshfield, WI 54449.

A celebration of Bud's life will be held on Sunday, November 11th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 400 West Upham Street, Marshfield, from 11:00 am until 2:00 pm. Please RSVP regarding a noon luncheon at 715-387-0139 or 715-387-3888.

Private family services will be held at a later date. Interment will take place in Hillside Cemetery Mausoleum, Marshfield, Wisconsin. Rembs Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Condolences may be sent online to www.rembsfh.com

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Published in the Marshfield News Herald on Nov. 5, 2012
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