Anthony “Tony” Wayne Budler, 61, passed away in his home surrounded by his family on the morning of June 9, 2018 after a courageous battle with cancer. Tony was born on January 8, 1957 to Bernard Budler and Patricia Hughes in York, Nebraska. He was number 6 out of 8 children in the Budler clan who were all raised on a farm in Bradshaw, Nebraska.
Very shortly after graduation from high school Tony’s oldest brother Pat helped him get a job working for NPPD as a lineman. There he found his niche. A self-taught man, Tony worked from being on the lines in Nebraska all the way up to Senior Power Marketer for AECI in Springfield, MO. The power industry not only gave Tony a career but lifelong friends who he loved like family.
While working in the power industry, Tony, very appropriately named after Saint Anthony, was a man of community and selfless service which is what brought him to the Central Nebraska Jaycees. Tony led both in his actions and his mentorship of future generations of leaders and is to this day a beloved member of the group.
While working on the powerlines he was introduced to Diana Maxfield through mutual friends at the Elk Club and the two were married on Tony’s property in Kentucky on September 26, 1984. Side by side, Tony and Diana built a life in Doniphan, Nebraska with their four greatest blessings, Nick, Mark, Erica and Tanya. In 2000 life brought the entire family to southern Missouri for Tony’s job and there they built their own little haven. Cows, llamas, endless gardens and plenty of space for the children to grow up in the country.
Tony loved many things—his farm, auctions, Nebraska football, chatting with his coworkers after shift, fixing any and everything, and doing little acts of kindness of all of those around him—but most of all he loved his family. He was the salt of the earth. Loyal, kind, goofy and full of integrity. To say Tony was loved by many is an understatement. He had a profound way of impacting every person he came in contact with. To quote a good friend of his, Ron Sampson, “Lots of times folks say the world is a little sadder or the sun doesn’t shine quite as bright when we lose someone very dear to us. I know this will not be your case Tony, because of you and the work you did on earth makes the sun shine bright and hearts full of joy and laughter.”
Tony is survived by his loving wife Diana and all four of his children and their families, Nick & Grace Budler and their three sons of Claremore, OK, Mark & Shapauni Budler and their son of Edmond, OK, Erica & Zach Ciurczak of Kansas City, MO, and Tanya Budler of Cambridge, MA. He is also survived by all of his 7 siblings and their families: Mary & Dave Morgan of Grand Junction, CO, Jane & Bob Patterson of Omaha, NE, Pat & Diane Budler of Kearney, NE, Tom & Barb Budler of Grand Island, NE, Bill & Barb Budler of Lincoln, NE, Jeff & Ann Budler of Columbus, NE and Lori & Phil Anderson of Aurora, NE. A man of community, Tony is survived by his cousins Liz & Kirk Ashton of Sante Fe, TX, Michael & Mary Budler of Lincoln, NE, David & Rose Wallman of Lincoln, NE, Jo Budler of Auburn, NE, Doris Yates of Conroe, TX, Maurice & Carolyn O’Brien of Kearney, NE, and Joanna Budler of Auburn, KS.
Tony’s family reached beyond direct relatives and is survived by his three exchange children, Chiara Casini of Italy, Enrico Pellegrino of Italy and Anna Hildebrandt of Denmark as well as numerous cherished friends in the Jaycees, NPPD, AECI, Henderson Baptist Church and the great communities of York, NE and Rogersville, MO.
Tony wanted to honor those who he is finally reunited with in heaven by having them as honorary pallbearers: Frederick Troutman, Jacob Budler and Rodney James.
Our hearts are heavy to say goodbye to Tony but our spirits are lifted knowing he was so deeply loved. Our sincerest appreciation to every person who has been on the journey with us the last year as our Tony fought: To all of the nurses and staff at Mercy Hospital in Springfield and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis for caring for Tony and our family this year. To Henderson Baptist Church who has been the epitome of the body of Christ as they have supported us with prayers, hugs, and food. To the Budler Family who helped raise the amazing man that Tony was and relentlessly supported him and us this last year. Thank you all for what you have done up unto this point and for helping keep the memory of the one and only Tony Budler, Budman, alive for many years to come.
In lieu of flowers make checks payable to:
Tony Budler Scholarship Fund
C/O Edward Jones
PO Box 298
Rogersville, MO 65742”