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Doctor of Optometry MARTINEZ, Ga. - Entered into rest on Friday, November 25, 2005 at the Medical College of Georgia, Col. Edward F. "Doctor Buzz" Bzdula, 54, husband of the late Mary Jeneth Antonucci Bzdula. Dr. Bzdula was a native of Fiskdale, MA who obtained his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Optometry degrees from Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN in 1981. He entered the U.S. Army with his first assignment as staff optometrist at Kemner Army Community Hospital, Fort Lee, Virginia. He was the assigned as Division Optometrist for 7th Infantry Division (Light), Fort Ord, CA and completed Jungle Warfare School at Fort Sherman, Panama. During his military career, he served as Division Optometrist for the 1st Armored Division, Furth, Germany and then Chief, Optometry Service at Dewill Army Community Hospital, Fort Belvoir, Virginia. During Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm, Col. Bzdula served with the 1st Infantry Division (Mechanized) in Saudi Arabia. He was then assigned to the 2nd Infantry Division, Tongduchon, South Korea. In 1995, he was assigned to the Academy of Health Sciences at Fort Sam Houston, TX as an instructor in the Physicians Extenders Branch for the Eye Specialty Course. He completed the Air War College Seminar Program at Lackland Air Force Base, Texas in 1997. His next assignment was Chief, Optometry Service at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital at Fort Polk, LA, followed by Chief, Optometry Service, William Beaumont Army Medical Center, El Paso, TX. He was currently serving as the Chief, Optometry Service, Eisenhower Army Medical Center, and the Optometry Consultant for the Southeast Regional Medical Command. Dr. Bzdula's awards included the Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (5 Awards), Army Commendation Medal, Meritorious Unit Citation, Combat Medical Badge, the Expert Field Medical Badge, the Order of Military Medical Merit, and the Surgeon General's "A" Proficiency Designator, the Army Surgeon General's highest recognition for clinical excellence. He was a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, was board certified in optometry and held a state optometry license in Tennessee with therapeutic certification. He was a member of the American Optometric Association, the Armed Forces Optometric Society (past President), and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Family members include his mother, Mary Bzdula of Evans, GA and his sister, Gloria Bzdula Gillespie and her husband, Robert of Massachusetts. He was also preceded in death by his father, Edward Bernard Bzdula. Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, November 30, 2005 at 10:00 A.M. at St. Michael's Catholic Chapel, Fort Gordon. Interment will be held at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery. The family will receive friends tonight, Tuesday, November 29, 2005 from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Thomas Poteet & Son Funeral Directors, 214 Davis Rd., Augusta, GA 30907 (706) 364-8484.

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Published in The Augusta Chronicle from Nov. 27 to Nov. 29, 2005.
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August 7, 2016
I had the privilege and honor to work with Dr. Buzz at Ft. Ord in the mid to late 80's. Always a Soldier first and Optometrist second, I always held high admiration for this wonderful man.
Peter Nelson
May 28, 2007
"COL B" AKA "Doctor Buzz", it was a really great honor and pleasure to met you and your wife, Jen back in 1981-2 as *we* started our Active Duty careers. We knew that Jen's passing was very hard on you but now you both are together again. And it is now *US* that miss you BOTH so!!! May GOD rest with you both now.

Margie & Bill Johnston
Margie & Bill JOHNSTON
December 25, 2005
Dear Mama Buzz, We lift you in prayer during this most difficult time. We are "Tattoo" Kelly and "Officer" Karen's parents. We enjoyed Buzz's graciousness and sense of humor whenever we visited Kelly. His faith was an encouragement; may it comfort you now. Dan and Elaine Lewis
Elaine Lewis
December 19, 2005
I met Buzz through his wife, Jen, over 25 years ago when stationed in Washington, DC. Pound for pound, he had more enthusiasm for taking care of soldiers and for his profession of optometry than anyone I have ever met. Buzz's view on assignments was to "send me where you can't fill, where noone else wants to go". He would then perform magnificently. He showed up at my unit in Saudi Arabi during Operation Dessert Storm, covered in dust. I didn't recognize him until he took of his SWD goggles and broke out the Bzdula smile. He had driven several hours across the dessert to get supplies for "his soldiers".

We will miss you, Buzz. You were an original and a class act. Our only consolation is that you have been reunited with Jen. God keep you together forever.

Hooah!
COL (Ret) James and Tamie Kluckman
December 19, 2005
COL "Buzz" Bzdula
Dr. Buzz could never hide his love of the Army or its soldiers. I knew COL Buzz, like many, while stationed at Fort Polk, LA serving with CAJUN DUSTOFF. You are in our prayers.
MAJ Dirk LaFleur
December 13, 2005
Dr. Buzz, you will sorely be missed. Our deepest prayers and condolences.
Wesley Pickens
December 13, 2005
It was a privilege to know Dr. Buzz. He was a very wonderful man of good character. He will be missed.
Aurora Baca
December 13, 2005
I met Dr. Buzz at FT. Polk in 2000 and was instantly impressed by his humor , kindness and humility. He soon introduced me to Honey, Gypsy and the two labs. His friendship helped me through some difficult times. What a dedicated professional he was as well as a generous and true friend. He touched so many lives. I know he is now united with his beloved Jen.
Angela Schoenfeld,DVM
December 12, 2005
Colonel Bzdula was a dedicated and professional clinician and Medical Service Corps Officer. He will be missed.
Major Rob Letizio
December 12, 2005
I met Buzz at Fort Bliss. He instantly became my friend and over the years, family. I will never forget and always cherish the times we had together - riding, movies, and dinners at The Edge of Tx. I miss you, Buzz, but I know you're with Jen and I will see you again. God Bless
CPT Kelly Lewis
December 11, 2005
It is so hard for us to realize he is gone. He was the brightest light shining. His smile, good humor and gentle way is missed. He always signed off "Buzz Out", I pray he will know that "Buzz" will always be "in" our hearts.
Elizabeth Gibson
December 9, 2005
I met COL Bzdula when I was a 2LT at Dewitt Community Hospital. He was a funny and intelligent officer who taught me that when working with people, a smile goes a lot further than a scowl and positive attitude will get you through the most difficult of times. Unfortunately, he will never know how appreciative I was of the kind words of encouragement he gave me as I fumbled through my first job in the Army. COL Bzdula, may your soul find eternal rest and peace in the Kingdom of Heaven.
MAJ David Johnson
December 9, 2005
The first time I met COL Bzdula. I was a newly deployed reservist seeking a bit of home at the riding stables. We were visiting after the club meeting and he looked at me and asked, if I knew the difference between a Reservist and a puppy? Puzzled by the question (and not knowing yet about his sense of humor), I said "No." He quickly stated that the puppy grows up and quits whining! I immediately felt more at home. His kindness was extend further when he offered to let me ride Gypsy and ride the trails with him, Honey and the two labs. I think somehow he knew how much riding meant to me. He will be missed by those he knew and by those whose lives were never touched by his gentle nature. I never met Jen but he talked about her fondly and I know that he missed her. I hope... I know that they are riding the beautiful trail ride in the sky together. I offer my condolences to his family. May their spirits be lifted in this time of sorrow.
Lavona Smith
December 9, 2005
Although I barely new Dr. Buzz, he has set the mark for which I will try to emulate as a leader and friend.
Keith Wagner
December 7, 2005
It seems like yesterday that Elisabeth and I joined Buzz and Jen listening to the Windsbach Boys Choir while we ate dinner in Germany... Time flies... Buzz and Jen are once again together. Buzz always brightened the world in which we live. We have lost a good friend and a great person. We hold many fond memories in our hearts and minds.

Byron & Elisabeth Bracey
Byron Bracey
December 7, 2005
My deepest condolences to the Bzdula Family. I was blessed to serve with DR Buzz at William Beaumont Army Medical Center, in El Paso, TX. A great friend, mentor,and professional soldier always willing to help someone else. DR Buzz will be greatly missed by all that he came in contact with. My family and I thank you for being a great American. I use to enjoy my visits to the EENT Clinic just to chat with you and get lifted from your humor and positive outlook. This to shall Pass. TJP
CSM(Ret) Terry J. Porter
December 6, 2005
COL Buzzz -- a great pal while stationed at Fort Polk. His infectiously good natured spirit and dedication will be missed. Lots of good horse-riding and great conversation. A snappy salute to you, Buzz.
Alicia Bengs
December 6, 2005
Buzz...You know how much I admired you and your indelible spirit. The passing of Jen on my watch in Washington, DC, was the only time I ever saw your shoulders sag. What I would have given to see the expression on both of your faces when you met again! Buzz and Jen will remain in my thoughts as the ultimate Army optometrists as long as I am fortunate to remain on this earth. They were not just optometrists in the Army, but Army Optometrists - a minor distinction to some but a large difference for many who wear the uniform. A fond farewell and a loud standup HOOAH. Bill
Bill Hately (USA Ret)
December 6, 2005
We first met Buzz at our sons wedding five years ago in Eau Claire, Wi. He at once became a friend, with his humor and just great guy ways. When we visited our son and his wife at Ft. Polk. We renewed that friendship. he invited us to his home for dinner, introduced us to cajun food,(crawfish) and made us feel right at home, we promised we would visit him in El Paso, but we never made it there. Buzz will always be a part of our hearts, and our lives are better for him having touched them. Our Deepest Condolences to your Family Buzz. May you be with your Wife, and in a better place now.

Jack & Dana Barnhardt,
Eau Claire, Wi
Jack & Dana Barnhardt
December 5, 2005
COL Buzz was a dear friend and touched every person who ever met him. His energetic, can do attitude always put you in a good mood. His laughter was contageous and the halls of our clinic are now quiet without him. We will all miss him dearly. I miss you Buzz and promise to look after Mary and keep cooking pierogi's for her.
Dr. Diane Brady, AuD
December 5, 2005
Buzz and I were a great team here at Eisenhower Army Medical Center. I will think of him and miss him very much every day as I pass by his empty office. May you rest in peace, my friend.
Luke
Luke Solverson, OD
December 2, 2005
My deepest sympathy in the loss of Buzz. We spent a lot of time on the trails together in El Paso with friends. Buzz never met a stranger and always had the time to talk about horses and friends. He will be greatly missed by all he touched. I know I am already missing my friend and fellow rider.
Respectfully,
Jim Edinger
Jim Edinger
December 2, 2005
Doctor Buzz was such a beautiful person that he will always touch our lives no matter where he is.
Connie Gould
December 1, 2005
It is with sadness that I took this news. "Uncle Buzz" like he wanted me to call him and I met at Fort Polk and it was instant friendship. Not a hard thing to accomplish with such a noble human being. Always in "good spirit" and a funny remark... you will be greatly missed. GQ
Guillermo Quiles, Jr.
December 1, 2005
Buzz,
Although you and I never worked
together, I always knew of your
dedication to Optometry and the Army. It reflected on all of us.
God bless you and your wife Jen.
Dale Patrick
Bayville12@aol.com
Dale Patrick
December 1, 2005
I knew "Buzz" as a student at Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, when I was a medical student. He was a genuinely good, kind person.
Sharon Smith, MD
November 30, 2005
Condolences to the family and the U.S. Army for the loss of a fine soldier and friend.
CSM(R) Pat Ballogg
Kandahar, Afghanistan
Patrick Ballogg
November 30, 2005
Dr. Buzz was a great American and will be missed. I still remember that hot sunny day riding horses at Fort Polk. What a memory! God bless, we miss you!!!

Love LB
Leslie Burks
November 30, 2005
Buzz will always be remembered for his energetic response to any assignment he was given. Losing Jen was devasting but he kept his career goals up front and made a smashing success of his Army career. He left his mark on Army Optometry and friends worldwide.
John Leddy
November 30, 2005
COL Buzz -- my favorite "Combat Optometrist". The news really brought me down. But the memories picked me right back up. My condolences to the Bzdula family.

CDR Jim Cole
November 30, 2005
Doctor Bzdula was fondly referred to as "Colonel Buzz" during the time he headed up the Optometry department at Baynes Jones Community Hospital on Fort Polk. As a care provider I can tell you that you could always depend on "Colonel Buzz" if you needed help in a pinch. No matter how busy he might have been he never said no. He will be sorely missed.
dennis sosenko
November 30, 2005
Members of American Legion Post 109 extend their deepest sympathy to the family and friends of our fellow veteran. A lot of us here knew Ed and his family from our days a Tantasqua High. May his soul rest in peace.
Bruce G. Lindsay
Chaplain & Sr. Vice Commander
A.L. Post 109
Bruce Lindsay
November 30, 2005
Virginia Thompson
November 30, 2005
For the past five years I have enjoyed the privilege of seeing patients in the Jen Bzdula Specialty Clinic here at Ft Myer, Virginia. I often feel her presence as former patients remember her warmth and graciousness. Now I have a second Bzdula looking over my shoulder, exhorting me with his gung-ho positive spirit. You’re right, Buzz. It is a great day to be serving soldiers and their families!
Fondly,
Dave
Dr Dave Gorski
November 30, 2005
Dr Bzdula had such a wit about him. You couldn't help but have your spirits lifted whenever around him. He was missed when he left William Beaumont and will continue to be missed. Ours prayers our with you.
Ronda Scriven
November 30, 2005
COL Bzdula was my optometrist in El Paso. He was the nicest doctor I have ever met. Even though I was just a young LT at the time I knew COL Bzdula, he always treated me with dignity and respect, and was kind and caring, and very funny. We need more like him. I was incredibly saddened to hear of his death. My condolences to his family.
Candy Boparai
November 30, 2005
We are so sorry for your loss. Buzz was a special friend or ours when we were at Ft. Bliss, and we have very fond memories of him. Our prayers are with you at this tragic time.
Ted and Kelly Cook
Ted and Kelly Cook
November 30, 2005
May God be with you all.
Tammy Williams
November 30, 2005
Dr. Buzz was maybe one of the funniest people in the world. I never went down to visit him that we did not exchange a cute joke. You just had to love his stories/jokes and his laughter.
He will be truely missed.
Robert Partigianoni
November 30, 2005
Deepest sympathy. The sting of death is painful at most. My family paryers are with you all. Hang on to the beautiful words, thoughts, and deeds to help you make it through these troublesome times. Prayer is important because our Heavenly Father (Jehovah) is not far off. Acts 17:17; Psalms 83:18; Exodus 6:3. Heartfelt prayers go out to you all.
J Whiteside
November 30, 2005
COL Buzz,
You will be missed greatly by all
Joshua Paulette
November 29, 2005
I am very saddened to learn of the recent death of COL Edward F. Bzdula. The first time I met Dr. Bzdula was when he attended the AMEDD Officer Basic Course at Fort Sam Houston, Texas in early 1982. The total enthusiasm for his service in the United States Army was reflected in everything he did. COL Bzdula will be greatly missed.
John T. Ryder
November 29, 2005
Buzz, you were one of the great ones. It has been years since we spoke, yet the knowledge that I won't ever again enjoy a chat with you at some future meeting is difficult and painful.
We will all miss you.
Larry
Larry Hampton OD (USA Ret)
November 29, 2005
COL Bzdula was a great mentor and a fine doctor and soldier. He always had a positive attitude about life. He will be greatly missed.
Jeff Tipton
November 29, 2005
Buzz… the spark at every meeting, the kindest man within any room, the most dedicated professional, the proudest soldier, the sound thoughtful advisor, and the most humble friend of everyone… you sir, will be forever missed. We know you made a contribution to this World each day you were here, and we take comfort in knowing that you are once again with the greatest love of your life.
Neil and Patricia Glenesk
November 29, 2005
I am a former Army optometrist. My wife and I knew Buzz and Jen from when we crossed paths in Fort Ord, California (1986), then later we saw them at Graves Mountain Lodge (Syria, VA), then later went to Jen's funeral.
It's so sad to see they are now both gone.
David Meinert
November 29, 2005
To Dr. Bzdula's family,
Please know, at this difficult time, that you are in so many thoughts and prayers.
Ing-Chyong Chen-Rawson
November 29, 2005
To the Family of Dr. Buzz...Please accept our deepest condolences from all the members at the Biggs Army Air Field High Desert Riding Club.
Dr. Buzz touched our lives with his cheerful nature and love of adventure. We will miss him.
Susan Tritch
November 29, 2005
On behalf of the Andrew Rader US Army Health Clinic, I would like to express the sincere sympathy of our entire staff. Our heartfelt condolences go to the Bzdula family.-- Van Coots, Commander, ARUSAHC
Norvell Coots
November 29, 2005
I only knew Buzz from professional meetings, but I never met a more upbeat, positive officer than Col Buzz Bzdula. He was a credit to military optometry and a true patriot. He will be missed.

Rest in peace, Buzz.

Col Steve Reinhart
Commander, 75th Medical Group
Col Steve Reinhart
November 29, 2005
A truly funny man with a heart of gold. My first memory of Dr. Buzz was getting my eyes examined and looking around his office and having a discussion about John Wayne. He had me in stitches the whole time. I also remember that he was always available for his patients. He will truly be missed.
Lori Hood
November 29, 2005
I knew Dr Buzz when he kept his horses at the High Desert on Biggs Army Airfield. He was always upbeat and he took enormous pleasure in taking new riders into the desert. I am greatly saddened by his death, but I take comfort in knowing that not only is he in a better place, but he is also with his beloved wife, who preceded him.
God Bless and Keep you Buzz.
- Brad Guile
Army Range Rider
Fort Bliss, Texas
Brad Guile
November 29, 2005
Ed Bzdula or "Uncle Buzz" was a joy to work with in the EENT Clinic at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Fort Polk, LA. There isn't just a whole lot to do at Ft Polk. The folks there like to say it is a place where you make your own music. Well, Uncle Buzz was a symphony there. I still fondly recall the parties he held at "the ranch", his off-post home near Fort Polk. My oldest daughter was absolutely smitten by Ed's horses and loves riding horses to this day. I wish God had allowed Buzz to reamin on this earth longer to brighten the lives of all who came into contact with him, but if it was his time to "pop smoke" (Bzdula speak for leave or check out), well at least God allowed him to go out on top doing what he loved. Dr Buzz, you were a great American, and you will be missed. Give your best and loudest "Hooah" to saint Peter as you pass through heaven's gates.
Dr Joel Muirhead
November 29, 2005
Ed Bzdula or "Uncle Buzz" was a great American and a joy to be around. He was so much fun to work with in the EENT Clinic at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital, Ft Polk, LA. There isn't much to do around Fort Polk, LA, and as folks stationed there like to say, you "have to make your own music". Well, Uncle Buzz was his own symphony. I still remember the good times had by all at "the ranch" whenever Dr Buzz would hold parties at his house. My oldest daughter was absolutely smitten by Uncle Buzz's horses and still loves riding to this day. To know Dr Buzz was truly to love him. I wish God had left him on earth longer to brighten the lives of all who came in to contact with him, but it was truly time to "pop smoke" (Bzdula speak for check out or leave), well at least Ed went out on top. Saint Peter will be recieving a loud "Hooah!" any minute now if he hasn't already.
Dr Joel Muirhead
November 29, 2005
I just wanted to say that I loved going to see Dr. Buzz when he was the optometrist here. His good humor ensured that I always remembered my Dr's name, and he truly loved his work.
Heather Kemp
November 29, 2005
DR Buzz,
You will be missed. Thanks for Going and Staying Army......
1SG Fred Mumford
November 29, 2005
Dr. Buzz, you helped our son with his medical needs and we will be eternally grateful to you for that. You will be greatly missed.
Our prayers are with your family in this time of sadness.
CSM & Mrs. Gould
November 29, 2005
Buzz was a good friend and colleague. I always enjoyed seeing him at the optometry meetings. I'm going to miss hearing his "Hooah!" Go with God, Buzz.
Mary Bigelow
November 29, 2005
My deepest sympathy
Patricia Malone
November 29, 2005
Gay Corley
November 29, 2005
I had the great fortune to be stationed with Buzz at WBAMC and BJACH. He was always professional, approachable and a pleasure to be around. He is sorely missed.
Mary Dorschner
November 29, 2005
I never met a person who didnt think Dr Buzz was the greatest. What a good man we have lost.
Troy Bidez
November 29, 2005
A great teacher and mentor. Will be missed.
Fernando Morales
November 29, 2005
I worked with "Dr. Buzz" at William Beaumont Army Medical Center in El Paso, Texas. I always found him helpful and willing to take that extra step for both patients and employees. We have missed him since he left! He was a great person.
Sarah Smith
November 29, 2005
Barbara Stinson
November 29, 2005
Buzz, It seems that all too often we don’t have enough time with those that make an impression in our hearts… I will always cherish the times we did have – with Karen and Kelly, at the barn with Honey and Gypsy, playing with Rocky and Angel… I remember you showing me a picture of your wife and it broke my heart seeing how much you missed her. Now you are again with her and it’s us who are left with heavy hearts.
It’s not often you meet someone and in that moment, realize how truly special they are.
I hope you realized how special are to all of us. I am truly blessed to have known you.
Bonnie Cuculich
November 29, 2005
Deborah South
November 29, 2005
It was my pleaseure to work with Dr. Bzdula. He had a very unique way of make sure that all of those who work with and for him to feel comfortable and at ease. He was an asset to the Department of the Army, especially providing Vision Conservation guidance to the Occupational Health Section at Fort Polk.
PARTHENIA DOUGLAS-BEAL
November 29, 2005
Dr. Buzz - - - Wishing you all the peace, joy, and "happy trails" forever that you anticipated and justly earned! You will be missed by all who worked with, served with, and were honored by your friendship!
BJ Kuhlow
November 29, 2005
We will miss you, Uncle Buzz. Thanks for always reminding us of the good things in life. We had some good times and belly laughs!
Jack & Diana Holman
November 29, 2005
Buzz, Thank you so much for being such a great friend and companion during our visits to El Paso. Thanks for being such a great friend to our daughters, Cpt Kelly Lewis,now in Iraq, and Karen Lewis. We will always treasure our great fellowship, our trail rides and happy times with you and your wonderful horses. God Bless, and rejoice in your blessed reunion with your wonderful wife in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family. Dan and Elaine Lewis
Dan/Elaine Lewis
November 29, 2005
Mark is always the eloquent speaker in the family, but he wasn't the one to get up with you at all hours of the morning to either "go long" or "go short". I still have you in my head every run up a hill, "Beat your booties hard, Beat your booties hard..." Never will I forget that classic day we were almost late for work because we were circling the track looking for your keys, that in the end, were in a very warm spot on your person. Buzz, you are a great friend, you will be truly missed, and always, always will have a place in my heart. Luv ya Babe.
Heather Williams
November 29, 2005
He gave me a gift that I can never repay him for; Thank you Doctor Buzz.
NAKIA RUDD
November 29, 2005
My memory of Dr. Buzz is one of great humor. I went to see him for an eye exam and I must've laughed throughout the entire appointment. It was such a joy to see someone love their job as much as he did. His loving and kind spirit will truly be missed.
Marvetta Walker
November 28, 2005
Colonel Buzz, a true friend and mentor to all. Buzz is at top of my list of outstanding military officers, living his life everyday for others and for our nation. Even though Buzz was an Army officer, he was truly a walking example of the Air Force core values: integrity, service before self, and excellence in all you do. I will miss his smiling face, “can do” attitude, and friendship.
“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for His appearing.” 2 Timothy 4:7-8
Rest in peace Buzz.
Tim and Kathy Ray
November 28, 2005
Buzz, it seems like only yesterday that I helped pin on your eagles and gave you the "key" to the executive latrine at William Beaumont. I enjoyed meeting the family and sharing the joy of your well-deserved success. I will sincerely miss your presence; you were a colleague and a good friend. I can only hope there is great fishing in Heaven. May God bless you.
COL(ret) Glenn Mitchell
November 28, 2005
Dr. Buzzhoooooah! had been my "e-mail pal" over the years after Jen's illness and passing away.

The most memorial event with Buzz: When I was at USACHPPM, upon his request, we made a special trip one evening to Jen's grave site. Since that was before 9/11, we scaled the low wall, entered the cemetery, visited Jen, scaled the low wall to exit, had dinner and headed back to Aberdeen without anyone noticed. It was a rainy night but our spirit was high! Not to then COL Kluckman's worry, we didn't make the Washington Post head line, "Two Army Lieutenant Colonels trespassed Arlington Cemetery in a dark and stormy night."

Buzz, soon, you don't have to scale that wall anymore
David Hsieh
November 28, 2005
Dr. Buzzhoooooah! has been my "e-mail pal" over the years after Jen's illness and passing away.

The most memorial event with Buzz: When I was at USACHPPM, upon his request, we made a special trip one evening to Jen's grave site. Since that was before 9/11, we scaled the low wall, entered the cemetery, visited Jen, scaled the low wall to exit, had dinner and headed back to Aberdeen without anyone notice. It was a rainy night but our spirit was high! Not to then COL Kluckman's worry, we didn't make the Washington Post head line, "Two Army Lieutenant Colonels trespassed Arlington Cemetery in a dark and stormy night."

Buzz, soon, you don't have to scale that wall anymore
David Hsieh
November 28, 2005
COL Buzz - your kind ways and heartfelt humor will be greatly missed at EAMC. Our loss is heaven's gain.

May God's love comfort and sustain the family over the coming days.
Kathleen Haskell
November 28, 2005
Buzz was a true friend to me and many others and touched the lives of everyone that he met. We first met at Ft Polk and spent a lot of time together. My wife, Heather Williams, and I will miss him on a very personal level. We know he is in a better place now. God Bless You, Buzz.
Mark Barnhardt
November 28, 2005
My heart is definitely heavy today with the news of our dear COL Buzz. Scott and I will cherish our fond memories of Buzz, who always was looking out for me and giving me pearls of wisdom. I will cherish his sincerity, because I think that was one of his strengths, along with his big heart. I am thankful that my life was touched by him, and how he continued to always be a great motivator and a personal mentor. We find strength knowing that he did the things he loved, lived life to the fullest and now can rest in peace with his loved ones. Buzz…there will be no one who will fill your boots, but thank you for filling our hearts….
Carol, Scott and Quinny Rymer
November 28, 2005
COL Buzz
you were a great human being. I will always remember your kindness and positive attitude. I know you are with your wife now and will continue your beautiful love story. You will always be remember here. My heart felt condolences to your family.
Ivonne Caraballo
November 28, 2005
A wonderful friend and a great Army officer. Always smiling and a kind word for everyone. COL Buzz- you were a fine man and most certainly will be missed. Our sympathy to the Bzdula family.

Joe and Glenda (Cooper) Hallam
San Antonio, Texas
Glenda (Cooper) Hallam
November 28, 2005
We will always remember Buzz as a Great American.
Michael Kaminski
November 28, 2005
Dear Buzz,You were a BLESSING to all humanity. You made whatever corner of earth that you lived in, a little bit brighter, by the love that came from your heart. I will never forget your wonderful parties and horse rides for the children and of course your excellent eye examinations. You were the first doc to give me bifocals. You still shine in my heart. Love, Debbie Jolissaint
Deborah Jolissaint
November 28, 2005
Col Buzz you will continue to be an inspiration to all of us to live life to the fullest. I am thankful and honored that I had the opportunity to work with you as a student and a NCO. You are truly one that may be gone but will never be forgotten. God Bless You.
Sonya Turner
November 28, 2005
Dr Buzz:
You've been a great soldier, a super clinician and a wonderful friend. Go with God.

Hooah, Buzz!

The Eiteljorges
E.J., Caroline & Evin Eiteljorge
November 28, 2005
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family in this time of loss. My son and I met Dr. Buzz and started doing his yard work about a year and a half ago. During that short period of time he became much more than a client, he was our friend. We will miss him.
Ronald and Jacob Crouch
November 28, 2005
There will never be a more "HOOAH" optometrist than Colonel "Buzz". He was always the one to call to get a bright prospective on life. He was a dedicated soldier, optometrist and friend. His career, his faith as a Christian and his patients came first. Our prayers are with his family.
Patti Palmer
November 28, 2005
Doc Buzz you will be missed by all, but we know you are smiling down on us. We love you.
Linda Williams
November 28, 2005
A great man and role model. He will truly be missed.
Melanie Schultz-Ruoff
November 28, 2005
My heart felt sentiments go out to the family of one of the nicest men I have ever met. Thanks for the motivational kick in the pants when I needed them most. You make me proud to be a soldier's eye doc!!
Hutch
November 28, 2005
Buzz I also was one of the fortunate ones to have crossed your path. Although I too am a SCO Alumni we didn't meet until 1992. Your humor, love of life, Optometry, the Army and America, and particularly your love for Jen was ever present in your eyes and made an indelible impact on those who knew you. Time flows by all to quickly and we never know whats in store, I take comfort in knowing you valued life and lived yours as a model for others every day. We have all benefited from your presence and kindness, I was honored to know you, you have been a trusted friend, mentor and leader. We miss you already, I know you are resting in peace and happiness with Jen at your side forever. God Bless
Col Mike Chyrek, Travis AFB
Michael Chyrek
November 28, 2005
What a tragic loss to humankind! Buz was a soldier's soldier and a great human being. I had the pleasure and honor of "recruiting" Buz and Jen when they were students at Southern College of Optometry. When Buz was selected for promotion to Colonel, I sent him a pair of my "eagles" because I knew he would wear them as proudly as he wore his uniform. My condolences to his mother, sister and family. Arthur R. Giroux, COL, USA RETD.
Arthur Giroux
November 28, 2005
Dr Buzz was the most high speed Optometrist in the Army. I will miss you My Boss, My Golf Buddy, My Friend. I'll see you on the other side.

SFC(P) George
SFC(P) Donald L. George
November 28, 2005
COL "Buzz" was a tremendous champion of Army Optometry. He was a great mentor, leader, and friend. He loved Soldiers. He loved his fellow colleagues and friends. He loved life. He is now happily reunited with his dear companion. His enthusiam for living was contageous and was a bright light to all around him. Long will the great memories of his friendship live in the hearts of each who had the privilege of knowing him.
Scott Melling
November 28, 2005
Don Bagwell
November 28, 2005
Dr. Buzzhoooooah! had been my "e-mail pal" over the years after Jen's illness and passing away.

The most memorial event with Buzz: When I was at USACHPPM, upon his request, we made a special trip one evening to Jen's grave site. Since that was before 9/11, we scaled the low wall, entered the cemetery, went to see Jen, scaled the low wall to exit, had dinner and headed back to Aberdeen without anyone notice. It was a rainy night but our spirit was high! Not to then COL Kluckman's worry, we didn't make the Washington Post head line, "Two Army Lieutenant Colonels trespassed Arlington Cemetery in a dark and stormy night!"

Buzz, soon, you don't have to scale that wall anymore.
David Hsieh
November 28, 2005
COL Buzz, you will be greatly missed here at Eisenhower. I find great comfort knowing you are once again with your wife, who I know you missed dearly. I will always treasure my memories with you of horseback riding, the rodeo and The Dukes of Hazzard. You were my "red-neck friend", as you would say. God bless you for your loving kindness to everyone you encountered.
Susan Campbell
November 28, 2005
I offer my condolences to the family of such a respected man, doctor, and Army Officer. COL Bzdula was a mentor and friend to many people inside and outside of his chosen professions. His positive attitude and can-do spirit were infectious to all those around him. He was a man of great integrity and will be missed and remembered by many.
MAJ Jim Elledge
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