Buddy Gene Hughes
October 21, 1939 ~ June 22, 2021
Buddy Gene Hughes, age 81. He is survived by his wife, Linda Bruhn Hughes, Son, Buddy Hughes, Jr., Daughter, Melissa Bailey, and Step-sons, Bryan, Jason, and Trevor Groenjes, and brother, Mark Welsher. Also survived by 12 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.
Some of the places Bud had worked during his career were: Butternut Bread, Wonder Bread, Guardsmark, Magnum Resources, Lund Co., Investor’s Realty, American Security, and Clark International, for Peter Kiewit Co.
Bud was always a dedicated and faithful employee at every job he held. He was especially responsible and hard-working! He took all of his duties very seriously and carefully watched over the employees at every Co. he worked for! People said they felt safe when they knew Bud was on the job!
He was a cheerful uplift to everyone who entered his buildings, and loved to play a few pranks and jokes as well! Sometimes, they got even, too!! He was friendly and helpful to everyone, and strived to do the best he could every day. He made it a point to know everything he could about the Blackstone and it’s history.
When he worked for Butternut Bread, he was promoted to Safety Supervisor and brought his plant from last in the corporation up to FIRST in Safety out of all 35 plants!!
He was also an avid and accomplished roller-skater! He was a member of Skate Clubs, a DJ for skating sessions at Cheapskate and Skateland, competed in skating competitions, performed skating tricks and stunts, and he and Linda had their wedding reception on skates, where the first “dance” of the evening took place as a ROLLER-dance on the skating floor! He was a perfectionist on skates, so Linda had to toe-the-mark to keep up!
His kids, Buddy and Melissa grew up on skates as well, and Bud, Jr. remembers the times he and his Dad would go speed skating, and how long it took for Bud, Jr. to finally beat him!!
Linda and Bud also enjoyed Disco dancing and did a lot of that on roller skates as well!
They also loved to do skits, portraying the little Old Man and Lady on the Bench…from Laugh-In! Bud really loved to make people laugh.
Here are the words people have chosen to describe Bud: Loyal, Dedicated, Caring, Compassionate, Strong, Husker & Chiefs Fan, Roller Skater, Hard-Working, Prankster, Comic, Dancer, Big Heart, and CB Handle…..Red Baron!!
Bud enjoyed stock car races and loved to watch races at Sunset Speedway, where his brother, Mark, raced his car! Bud owned many different cars in his lifetime and was very particular in keeping them clean and in good shape! Melissa, his daughter, remembers going with her Dad to wash the car every Sat., but he was so immaculate, she only got to do the tires!
Bud accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in Jan. 1981, and he then made the decision that he and his family would attend Glad Tidings (Good News) Church. He and Linda have been members ever since, and they are so grateful. They want to thank Jesus for being in their hearts and changing their lives, and the lives of those to follow!
Visitation, West Center Chapel, Monday, July 5, 2021, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Celebration of Life Service, Tuesday, July 6, 2021, 10:00 a.m., Good News Church, 7415 Hickory St, Omaha, NE 68124.
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