Marvin O. "Bud" Schaffert - March 15, 2013
Marvin O. “Bud” Schaffert, 92, of Ogallala, Nebraska, died March 15, 2013 at Ogallala Hospital in Ogallala, NE after a battle with cancer.
Bud was born February 19, 1921 in Hayes County, Nebraska to Michael and Elizabeth Schaffert. He spent his youth on the family farm in Hayes County along with his 13 brothers and sisters. 18 children were born into the family however several died at birth or shortly after birth. He attended grade school in White, Nebraska and since he was the youngest in the family, he was needed on the farm and did not get the chance to attend high school.
On April 7, 1943 he married Florence Russell at the court house in North Platte. They lived on the Schaffert family farm in Hayes County and farmed for 9 years before moving to Curtis, Nebraska in 1952 where Bud did carpenter work and plumbing. He moved his family to Sidney, Nebraska around 1954 where Bud worked for the railroad a short time and then the ordinance plant. Around 1956 he was looking for better work to support his family, and he packed everything into a trailer pulled by their car and they traveled to Renton Highlands, Washington and later bought a house in Mount Lake Terrace. While living in Seattle, Washington area he worked for Boeing Aircraft. He was trained by Boeing and worked as a Expeditor in the plant.
Around 1958 he missed his home in the Midwest and moved his family to Berthoud, Colorado where he worked for a farmer in the summer and later in the fall, moved to Loveland, Colorado where he worked for Tri County Gas & Electric. It was around this time that Ward Bullock and Rick Fritsche called Bud and offered him a job at Bullock Hardware in Maywood, Nebraska. He would do all types of work there including, selling, installing and repairing appliances, lawn mowers, erecting gain bins, plumbing and electrical work. He worked for Bullock Hardware for many years, made many friends and had a reputation for doing good honest work. He was back home now and all his three children attended high school in Maywood.
In 1966 his son Harry returned from Viet Nam and Harry and Bud started up their own business in Maywood called Hi-Line Plumbing and Electric. He was doing about the same thing he did at the Bullock Hardware but he was self employed now. This was decided as the Bullock Hardware was being closed. Later his son got a job with the US Postal Service and Bud operated the business alone for many years. He sold his business in 1983 and he worked in the store for the new owner until he was 72 years old. In 1996 Bud and Florence moved to Ogallala, NE to be closer to their daughter Elaine. Bud was a member of the IOOF for over 50 years. He loved to tinker and build things. He built many bird houses. He also loved his garden.
Surviving are wife, Florence Schaffert of Ogallala, NE, son - Harry (Wilma) Schaffert of Alliance, NE; two daughters - Elaine (Don) Eggert, Charlotte Jones; six grandchildren; 6 great grandchildren; along with numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and friends.
Marvin was preceded in death by father, Michael Shaffert, mother, Elizabeth Schaffert.
Memorial services will be held at Maywood Methodist Church, Monday, March 25, 2013 at 2:30 pm with Pastor Tammy Aubushon officiating.
Inurnment will follow in the Maywood Cemetery, Maywood, Nebraska.
Memorials may be given to the Maywood Methodist Church, PO Box 87, Maywood, NE 69038 or the Sidney Regional Medical Center, 645 Osage St, Sidney, NE 69162.
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