Norbert "Bud" Lucius
September 2, 1944 - December 15, 2020
Kuna, Idaho - Norbert Francis (Bud) Lucius was carried home on December 15, 2020, to be with his beloved wife, Ann Marie (Nana), parents; Edmond Francis Lucius, Pauline Frances (Grojean) Lucius, and sister Rosemary.
Bud was born in Flint, Michigan on September 2, 1944 and grew up with four sisters and a brother. While attending Clio High School he ran cross country track, receiving medals throughout and graduated in 1964. Raised Catholic, he later became a member of the Order of the Knights of Columbus.
Bud served with distinction in the United States Air Force from 1965-85. During his twenty-year career he was deployed to Vietnam and Korea. He had been stationed at various locations including RAF Upper Heyford, England, Mountain Home AFB Idaho, RAF Lakenheath, England, and Holloman AFB, New Mexico. Most of his career was spent as an Aircraft Armament Systems Specialist for the F-111 Ardvark. He was a team leader and enjoyed training new airman on weapons systems to far exceed expectations. During his career he also loaded ordnance on F-4's, and F-15's. September of 1985, he retired as Master Sergeant.
While stationed in Denver, Colorado, prior to going away to Vietnam, Bud was set-up on a blind date where he was introduced to the future love of his life, Ann Marie Adargo. When he was deployed their relationship grew through regular correspondence. Upon his return they were married on January 27, 1968. Together, they raised three daughters and a son. This past January 2020, they celebrated 52 years of marriage.
After his military retirement he enjoyed working at Idaho Sporting Goods and Boise Town Square Mall. In 1998 he was transferred to Kelso Washington to be head of mall maintenance. Once that mall closed, he pursued working for an over-50 apartment complex. In 2017, after full retirement, he and Ann returned to Boise Idaho to be near their family.
His entire life, Bud was an avid sports fan. He was an enthusiast of college and professional basketball and football. His favorite professional teams were the Denver Broncos, and of course from Idaho, the Boise State Broncos. Bud wore blue and orange everywhere he went. Perhaps coincidentally, his license plate read, NFL (Norbert Francis Lucius).
Throughout his life he enjoyed fishing and big game hunting. Not long after Anne Marie's passing in August 2020, he purchased a pontoon boat just as he had told her he would. A few months before his own passing, he took the family out on the new boat for adventures with abundant excitement. Bud was smiling ear-to-ear as he baited everyone's hooks and pulled in the catch as quick as it hit. Truly a memorable time for everyone who shared those last few days with him and his new toy. Mom was watching.
He is survived by his sisters; Cecilia, Norma, Catherine, and brother Donald, children; Carrie Thacker, Allison Nottingham, Kimberly Lucius, and Aaron Lucius as well as their respective families, which include eleven grandchildren, and twenty great-grandchildren.
You were taken from us far too soon, and while we mourn your passing, we know you are walking hand in hand with our beloved Nana. Rest in peace "Papoo".
Published by Idaho Statesman on Apr. 17, 2021.