Buford F. Luedtke
Buford F. Luedtke, age 95, of Watertown, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013, at his home.
Buford was born Sept. 19, 1918, in Baraboo, the son of William and Emma (Boettcher) Luedtke. He served his country in the United States Army in the Pacific Theater, serving in both the Philippines and later in Korea. He married Helen Lucille Lund on Oct. 10, 1940, in the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. Buford worked as a train conductor with the Milwaukee Railroad and Amtrak for 40 years, retiring in 1978. He was a member of First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Free Order of the Masons and a life member of the American Legion Post No. 189. He had a deep love for his family, animals and music.
Buford is survived by his two daughters Penny (Vern) Wegner and Pamela (Gary) Lohaus both of Watertown; four grandchildren, Kim (John) Jafferis, Kirk (Darcy Davis) Wegner, Dr. Kory (Christina) Wegner, and Tara (Jason Hale) Henschel; eight great-grandchildren, one greatgreat- grandchild, and also survived by a number of nieces, nephews and other relatives and friends. He will be deeply missed by all who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his wife Helen, parents and two sisters.
Memorials may be made to the Watertown Humane Society or to the First Congregational United Church of Christ.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday at First Congregational United Church of Christ, with the Rev. John Kennedy presiding. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery. A visitation will be from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday at the church.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home is caring for the family. Please visit www.pn-fh.com to leave an online condolence or to light a candle in his memory.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Home 213 S. Fifth St. Watertown
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