DEAN R. (BUD)
Dean R. (Bud) Breckenridge, son of the late William S. and Lola Roush Breckenridge was born February 10, 1925 in Tingley, Iowa and departed this life July 6, 2013. He graduated from Tingley high school in May 1945 with the distinction of valedictorian of his class and went immediately into the Air Force. He was proud to serve his country as a B-17 pilot with 38 missions over enemy territory. He received his wings at Marla Air Base in Marla, Texas and was commissioned first lieutenant. He was honorably discharged in December 1945 and returned to Tingley for a civilian life.
Any rule was made to be followed, whether you agreed or not. He was honest and direct with people and he expected no less from them in return. He took great pride in his ability to complete his job and know it scored perfection. This was attained by careful planning, determination, resourcefulness, precision and care. This was the plan, also, for his three sons who followed. His faith in God was private; his belief in eternal life was unshakable. God promised Bud a safe landing but the journey was anything but calm. His wife stayed beside him every step of the way. His love of golf, dancing and especially woodworking was very important to him, which became evident as his wood crafts became his lifelong profession and he built many homes in the surrounding area. Many of these homes surround Sun Valley Lake where he and Kaye also built their home. He met his wife at a dance in Creston, Iowa in 1948 and were married in April of 1950. They danced many a mile throughout their marriage.
Bud had an incredible love for his eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, watching them grow and develop. He truly loved being a grandparent.
He will lovingly be remembered by his wife and best friend of 63 1/2 years, Kaye; sons, Mike (Karen), David (Sylvia) and Dennis (Vicki); grandchildren, Ashley, Amy, Abby, Adam, Ryan, Kevin and Nathan Breckenridge and Tracey (Brent) Fees; two amazing great-grandchildren, Jacob and Katie Fees, and special friend, Sandy Breckenridge.
Adel Acres gave him constant loving care while he was a resident there. Private services and burial will be at the Tingley Cemetery.
Memorial services were Wednesday afternoon at the Tingley Community Building with Pastor Brent Fees officiating.
Condolences may be sent to 1600 SE La Grant Parkway, Waukee, IA 50263. Online condolences may be left at caldwellraddatz.com.