W.K. "Bud" Rynearson, 90
W. K. "Bud" Rynearson was born May 27, 1921, to William M. and Elberta (McGehee) Rynearson at Madison. He passed away March 14, 2012, at the Ainsworth Care Center in Ainsworth, at the age of 90 years, 9 months, and 16 days.
Bud was baptized into the Methodist faith at Madison, in 1933. He received his elementary and high school education in the public schools of Madison.
It was in 1939, when serving in the Civi1ian Conservation Corps, that he discovered the need for the out-of-doors. The education he received there eventually led to a career with the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conser-vation Service. Because of health reasons, he retired from this career in December, 1976.
He was united in marriage to Edryce "Dee" Carr April 28, 1943, at Grand Island. During World War II, he served in the United States Navy aboard the Light Cruiser U.S.S. Brooklyn and at the time of his death, was an active lifetime member of the U.S.S. Brooklyn Association Historical Society and a member of the U.S. Navy Cruiser Sailor Association.
He joined the Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790 in May, 1958. He served as Exalted Ruler in 1965. He was appointed District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler Nebraska Central in 1966. His interest in Elkdom resulted in his election to State President in 1972. He later served four years on the Elks Grand Lodge Youth Activities Committee. Bud was made an Honorary Life Member of the Ainsworth Lodge in 1973, and was an Honorary Founder of the Elks National Foundation.
Bud and Edryce moved from Lincoln to Ainsworth in 1947. They resided there until his work required them to move to Broken Bow, for 12 years. Bud was a member of the Ainsworth Volunteer Fire Department for a number of years, a member of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars. He served several years on the Ainsworth Planning Commission and the Cemetery Board, and was a member of the Brown County Foundation and Keya Paha County Foundation.
Bud was a strong supporter of the development and preservation of our natural resources. He was active in the Soil Conservation Society of America and the Organization of Professional Employees of the United States Department of Agriculture. An article he wrote for an Elks publication, in part, read:
"I am among the fortunate persons who have had the opportunity to 'gas up' at one-pump stations and to meet and visit with Nebraskans on their own ground. I climbed the rugged canyons of the Niobrara and marveled at the beauty which Mother Nature laid down; walked mile after mile through the Sandhills which opened up like the ocean of waves, all covered with native grass; rubbed dust from an eye caused by earth moving equipment as it re-shaped the surface of the earth and made it more attractive; struggled through what was once a dusty field now moist as a result of irrigation water; planted 8" seedlings and later saw them mature in nature's fullest glory - a tree." The preceding article is included in a Time Capsule at the President Ford birth site in Omaha. It will be opened in 2076.
He was preceded in death by his wife Edryce; his parents; brother, William L. Rynearson and wife of Omaha; sister-in-law, Bonnie Bellin of Ainsworth; brother-in-law, Jack Carr of Springview.
He is survived by one nephew, Scott Rynearson and wife Nina of Folsom, Calif., and niece Gay Pomidoro and husband Frank of Omaha; sister-in-law, LouAnn Carr of Springview, and other nieces and nephews and friends.
Funeral Services were March 19, 2012, at the Hoch Funeral Home in Ainsworth. Special music was offered by Linn Baxter and Dottie Arent. Elks Eleven O'Clock Toast was offered by Rick Goochey with Ainsworth Elks Lodge 1790. Pallbearers were Jeff Carr, Russ Richey, Mark McNally, Rick Goochey, Roger McCoy and Everett Densberger. Honorary bearers were all of Bud's other family and friends. Burial was held at the Ainsworth Cemetery with full military honors by the Ainsworth American Legion # 79. Memorials were suggested to the Brown County Hospital or to the donor's choice.
Published in Custer County Chief, March 22, 2012