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Robert Deane "Bud" NEFZGER(08/17/1950 - 11/27/2013)

NEFZGER, Robert Deane "Bud" Bud flew into the arms of Jesus in Spokane, Washington at Sacred Heart Medical Center November 27, 2013, from complications from a TBI that left him in a coma for the past eight years. He was born August 17, 1950 in Wolf Point, Montana. He is survived by his wife Catherine (Cathy) of 37 years; son, Kalem and grandson Kanin, Spokane, Washington. Other surviving family members include his father BJ Nefzger, Vida, Montana; sister, Kristie (Rex) Zimmerman, Ankeny, Iowa; brother Scott (Kim) Nefzger, Circle, Montana and brother-in-law Paul Robinette (Pat), Billings, Montana. He was preceded in death by his mother, Patricia "Patsy" and sister, Lonna (Lonnie) Robinette. Bud grew up on the family farm in Vida, Montana. He loved farming and riding his horses and working the cattle, a Montana man though and through. Attending schools in Vida, Circle and Wolf Point, Montana. Graduating from Billings West High School, Billings, Montana 1968. Serving in the US Navy during the Vietnam War, 1968-72, aboard the USS INGERSOLL (DD652) AND USS EPPERSON (DD719). Growing up in agriculture instilled in him an incredible work ethic and an entrepreneurial spirit. After leaving the farm he became routes man for Deli Express during the boom of the early 80's, covering Eastern Montana. He then opened Full Line Computer Supply in Billings and later opened his own route business, Mountain Goodies, in Spokane, WA. At the time of the accident he was a truck driver for Combined Transport-Glass Division, out of Central Point, Oregon. For all they have done before and after his injury, we are eternally grateful. "Budsy" was the calm that balanced his loving wife, and was everything a father should be for his son, whom they adopted. He was an old school country boy who honored a handshake. He taught us never to panic or dwell on the "what if's". He was loved by everyone and was the greatest father to his son and others. The world is a better place because of him. He passed on a love for the outdoors. We shared wild rides on snowmobiles and motorcycles and pleasure cruises on the Gold Wing, over the plains of Eastern Montana or the mountains of Priest Lake, Idaho. Backpacking in the Beartooth Mountains or camping, he left us with a lifetime of fantastic memories, and we are going to miss him. Forever in our hearts. To those who treated and cared for him with dignity and compassion like he was family our sincere gratitude. To everyone who has stood with us throughout these eight years it means so much, bless you. For Bud Isaiah 40:31, also a Facebook page for Bud Nefzger and email page budnefzger@yahoo.com has been set up. A celebration of Bud's life will be held Saturday, January 11, 2014 at 2pm at Foothills Community Center, 11100 N. Forker Road, Spokane, WA. (Corner of N. Forker Rd. and N. Peck Rd). Followed by a potluck reception, (bring a side dish of your choice). In lieu of flowers, donations in Bud's name to charity of your choosing, OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital, in Portland, Oregon or the Gideon's International. Please visit Bud's online memorial and leave a message of condolence at www.hennesseyfuneralhomes.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to:

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Hennessey Valley Funeral Home
1315 N Pines Road Spokane, WA 99206
(509) 926-2423

Published in Spokesman-Review on Dec. 22, 2013
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