Edward "Bud" Ptacek (1921 - 2017)

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Edward "Bud" E. Ptacek
October 25, 1921 - April 28, 2017
Our Dad went to play his first round of golf with Mom in nearly 20 years, on Friday, April 28th at the age of 95.
Bud was born October 25, 1921 at New Prague, Minnesota of Czech immigrants John and Anna Ptacek. He moved to Nampa, Idaho with his parents and sister Ann in 1925. He graduated from Nampa High School in 1939 and attended Los Angeles City College while working the swing shift at Lockheed Aircraft Company.
At the outbreak of World War II he enlisted in the Army Air Corp. He served as a C-47 Pilot in both the 5th and 13th Air Forces in the South Pacific. While overseas, he flew over 1,500 hours with 719 combat hours. Bud was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross twice, six Air Medals, and three Unit Citations, two for the squadron and one for the group. He also received the Southwest Pacific Ribbon with five Battle Stars, Philippine Ribbon with one Battle Star and the Philippine Liberation Medal from the Philippine government.
Bud married Dorothy Grove on March 4, 1951. Their family grew with the addition of two sons, John and Ron. Together they enjoyed many years of bowling, playing golf, and four exciting cruises with family and friends.
He worked mostly in the grocery trade. The last eleven years he worked for the State of Idaho Liquor Dispensary retiring in 1983.
Bud enjoyed bowling for many years, serving as president of the Idaho State Bowling Association in 1958 and again in 1968. In 1965 he won the State Singles Title in both scratch and handicap divisions, with at the time a state record 699 series. He was inducted into the Nampa Men's Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1973. Bud was a 71 year member of the American Legion, a 72 year Life Member of the Nampa Elks Lodge and a member of Broadmore Country Club.
Bud is survived by his son John and his wife Julie of Boise and their two children Kimberly and Scott. And his son Ron and his wife Carol of Oro Valley, Arizona and Boise.
He was preceded in death by his parents John and Anna, his beloved wife Dorothy, and his sister Ann and brother-in-law Art Jacobson.
There will be a service at the Idaho State Veteran's Cemetery on Wednesday, May 24th, at 11:00 am. For a more complete history of Bud's life please visit the website of Alsip and Persons Funeral Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.alsipfuneralchapel.com.
Donations may be made to the Warhawk Air Museum, American Legion Post #18 in Nampa or the Nampa Elks Club #1389.
The family would like to sincerely thank the wonderful doctors and nurses with Encompass Hospice and the very special caregivers with Trusted Care for the love and compassion they showed Dad in his last months.

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on May 5, 2017