Lester C. "Bud" Saverda, 85, of Marshall, died Friday, Dec. 31, 2004, at Big Bend Retreat in Slater.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2005, at Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home in Marshall. Rev. Pam Sebastian will officiate. Pianist Julie Lewis will play "In the Garden" and "Wind Beneath My Wings." Pallbearers will be Dean Latimer, John Wilhite, James Riley, David Duffer, Bobby Ashford and Jay Baxter. Honorary pallbearers will be Woody Odell, Ralph Malan and Tom Meads. Burial with military rites will be in Veteran's Cemetery in Higginsville. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Schepens Eye Research Institute of Boston in care of Campbell-Lewis Funeral Home.
Born May 31, 1919, in Baraboo, Wis., he was the son of the late Anton J. Saverda and Bertha C. Matsen Saverda. On Aug. 30, 1952, in El Dorado Springs, he married Lorna June Eason, who survives of the home. He was a graduate of Baraboo High School and attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for three years before accepting a position as an accountant with International Shoe Company in 1940. He worked as office manager for that company in Sullivan, Fulton, El Dorado Springs, Searcy, Ark., and Marshall from November 1956 until 1973, when he took disability retirement. He served in the Army Signal Corp from October 1942 to October 1945 in Africa, Italy and France. He entered service at Jefferson Barracks, trained at Camp Crowder and was discharged at Camp McCoy, Wis. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Marshall, serving as a deacon. His Masonic affiliation included Trilumina Lodge 205, A.F. & A.M. for over 50 years, the Sedalia York Rite Lodges, Ararat Shrine in Kansas City, Knights of the York Cross of Honor and Marshall Chapter 408, Order of the Eastern Star for over 40 years.
Additional survivors include one daughter, Judith Saverda-Allen of Olathe, Kan.; two granddaughters, Amanda Clark and husband Jason of Dallas, Ga., and Andrea Lane and husband Aaron of Fostoria, Ohio; two great-grandchildren, Lauren Clark and Cannon Clark of Dallas, Ga.; and one niece, Sheila Callaway of Tucson, Ariz.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Elizabeth Riggert and Margaret Farrar.
Additional information provided per family recompense.