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George J. “Bud” Sauer

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George J. “Bud” Sauer

December 29, 1927 ~ March 22, 2014

George J. “Bud” Sauer, a longtime Peshastin, WA businessman and community leader, passed away on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Tonasket, WA. Bud was born in Leavenworth, WA on December 29, 1927, to George A. and Dorothy Sauer. As the only boy in the family, he was proud to say that he was “severely spoiled” by his beloved older sisters, Jean, Dorothy, and lone. Upon graduation from Peshastin High in 1947, Bud began working full time at his father’s machine and automotive shop. In 1956, Bud and his brother-in-law, Charlie Springer, purchased the business. Bud’s career lasted nearly 60 years. In 1958, Bud and Lovetta Willsey were married. Their sons, George R. “Skip”, Tony, and Joe, were a great source of hope and pride for Bud. Whether a farmer had an emergency tractor problem, or whether a little boy had an emergency bicycle problem, Bud went the extra mile to help his friends and customers. Bud was a die-hard, never-give-up fan of the Peshastin Loggers and the Peshastin-Dryden Cougars. He rarely missed a basketball game and sometimes took his toolbox, just in case the school bus had problems. He loved attending the State B Basketball Tournament in Spokane. Bud didn’t vacation often, but when he managed to get away, he enjoyed his time with his family at Camano Island, fishing, bird watching, and catching an occasional ride on a Burlington Northern freight engine (don’t tell anybody).

Bud is survived by his sons, Skip (Dianna) of Tonasket, Tony of East Wenatchee, and Joe of Nebraska. He’s also survived by his beloved grandchildren, Aleshia, Krystal, Kellen, Hannah, Jordyn, Makenzie and David; and great-grandson, Hunter. He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters.

A Memorial Service for George J. “Bud” Sauer will be held at the Peshastin Legion Hall on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. Ward’s Funeral Chapel, Leavenworth, is in charge of the arrangements.

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