Bud was born December 31, 1926, in Denver, Iowa, the son of Otto and Frida (Arns) Schaefer. He graduated from Waverly High School in 1945. He immediately entered the United States Army where he served until his honorable discharge in November of 1946. On September 13, 1947, Bud was united in marriage to Ella Mae McMullen in Waverly. He was employed with Carnation and Swiss Valley Dairies as well as at the Carnation Plant. Ella Mae passed away in 1975. In 1978, Bud married Helen Ann Ellsworth in Waverly, Iowa. He retired from Carnation in 1987. Helen passed away in 1995. He continued to live in Waverly until entering the nursing home in 2012.
Bud was a fun loving man who always wore a smile. He was a member of the Amvets Post #79 and American Legion in Waverly. He enjoyed camping and traveling, especially to his winter home in Fort Pierce, Florida. He loved cars and was known to trade up to a different model every few months. He kept a close ear on the police scanner and wasn’t afraid to venture out and see what was happening around town.
Bud is survived by his daughter, Susan (Richard) Stoffregen of Waverly; a sister, Shirley Heine of Waverly; step children; Cathy Shaw of Boone, Iowa, Chris Marsh of McAllister, Oklahoma, Cheryl Valentine of Jackson, Michigan, Claudette Ellsworth of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Collen Campbell of Paris, Kentucky and Charles Elsworth of McAllister, Oklahoma; 2 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren, and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Ella Mae Schaefer, wife Helen Schaefer, and a special friend, Mabel Bockholt.