Luis Frank “Bud” Burianek

Luis Frank “Bud” Burianek

July 23, 1934 – May 11, 2024

Luis Francis “Bud” Burianek was born on July 23, 1934, in Marshalltown, Iowa to Yarmel and Gladys (Roh) Burianek. Following the death of his father in 1935 from appendicitis complications, Bud and his mother moved back to the Roh family farm in Abie, Nebraska. Gladys and Bud moved to Omaha when he started elementary school.

Bud attended St. John’s and Creighton Preparatory School when they were still located on the Creighton University campus in downtown Omaha. Ever the over-achiever, Bud graduated from Prep in 1950 at the age of sixteen.

Following in the footsteps of his admired uncle, Roman Roh, DDS, Bud enrolled at Creighton University in pre-dentistry. Too young for collegiate success, Bud’s dentistry aspirations were done in by organic chemistry. After a short hiatus, Bud enrolled at Omaha University – now UNO- and having enjoyed a major growth spurt was 6’3, smart, handsome, and way too social, making up for lost time. He soon determined that a college degree was not for him.

Bud met Arlene Hrbek on a blind date set up by a college buddy, and they married in September 1959.

Bud’s interests in sports and outdoor pursuits led him to a job at Sears and Roebuck sporting goods, where he won a national sales contest in 1962 and attended the Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, CA as the special guest of Hall-of-Fame player Ted Williams. In 1964, Bud became the manager of the GEM Store at 65th and “L” Streets in Omaha, an early model for latter-day membership clubs. In 1969, Bud and Arlene started Steamatic of Omaha, Inc. building a successful carpet cleaning and disaster restoration business in the Omaha metropolitan area, which became the “go-to” insurance response team following the May 6, 1975, tornado in Omaha. Even after Bud’s “retirement” he continued to offer support and counsel until the business closed in 2015.

Bud and Arlene were blessed with five children: Lisa (John Cropley); Jeff (Jill Reel, M.D.); Laura (Mark Gilliland), Becky (Bryan Canaday) and Bret. Grandpa Bud was very proud of his grandchildren: Brooke Burianek Harms and Nicholas Burianek; Clark and Ali Gilliland; Tessa, Zoee and Trevor Canaday; Angus Cropley; and great-granddaughters, Annika and Nicklin Harms.

Bud had a lifelong love of fishing and hunting –and good dogs — sharing his appreciation of the outdoors and wildlife with his family and friends and making many happy memories in boats and duck blinds. Among his many achievements, Bud led the local chapter of Ducks Unlimited and proudly organized the most successful Game Dinner fundraiser ever held in Nebraska. A true sports aficionado, he followed men’s and women’s professional teams, college athletics (Go Huskers!), and his children’s and grandchildren’s endeavors on fields, courts, tracks and in pools across the country. He made a point of sharing the good things in life with his friends and family, which were known to feature good wine, roast duck, and expertly fried walleye.

Bud’s family would like to express their heart-felt gratitude and appreciation for the many caregivers, friends and other partners who supported Bud and his family with compassion and kindness during his illness and health challenges, especially the truly extraordinary care staff at Immanuel Lakeside Assisted Living and Tabitha Hospice Services. The care and grace offered to Bud during the past several months lightened our hearts and spirits.

Having lived nearly 90 years, Bud was predeceased by his parents, Gladys and Yarmel; grandson, Trevor Canaday. He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Arlene; five children; seven grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Visitation, Friday, May 17, 2024, 5:00PM at West Center Chapel, followed by Vigil Service at 6:30PM. Mass of Christian Burial, Saturday, May 18, 2024, 11:00AM, St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 5028 Oak Hills Drive, Omaha, Nebraska 68137. Private Interment

Memorials to Creighton Prep or Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation.




  • Clete Roh Posted May 14, 2024 8:35 am

    I am so sorry to have Bud leave us. Neither one of us had a brother. We were cousins but lived like brothers. Bud was special, very family oriented and loved us all. Rest in Peace Cuz..M sympathy to all in his family.

  • Fr. Jim Clifton, SJ Posted May 14, 2024 9:24 am


    I remember you well from your years at Prep. I am sorry to hear of the death of your father. I will remember him at Mass this weekend, and pray also that God comfort your family and all who will miss your father.

  • Bruce & Brenda Posted May 14, 2024 9:33 am

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Bud. Thinking of all of you!

  • Ali O’Connor Posted May 14, 2024 11:52 am

    I have so much in my heart that I WANT to say … But instead I will keep it at ‘I love you Budley. Thank you for watching out for me, making me laugh, making me feel like I had a Dad again, reminding me when to stop my yard work and to relax afterwards with you and Arlene, and so much more. I miss ya, SOB (sweet ol Bud)’. XO Feral

  • Judy Jancik Anderson Posted May 14, 2024 12:18 pm

    You will be very missed , Bud , during my visits to and from Omaha. I will always be thinking of you when I visit the swans at the pond where your father is buried here in Marshalltown. My sincere condolences to all my cousins and family.

  • Tanya Pitts Posted May 14, 2024 2:15 pm

    I am truly sorry to hear about the loss of your father. My deepest condolences to you and your family.

  • Katy noakes Posted May 14, 2024 4:10 pm

    Lisa, my deepest sympathy as you work through the passing of your dad. Love you my friend

  • Jim Hill Posted May 14, 2024 8:10 pm

    Bud. He passed along good stories as well as appreciation of wine, good dogs, and fishing philosophy. Always enjoyed being in his presence. Always good for advice and a good laugh.
    Never knew we shared the same birthplace of Marshalltown Iowa……that was one topic we didn’t cover. RIP Bud you were one of a kind.

  • Tim and Marge Roh Posted May 14, 2024 9:14 pm

    Our sincere condolences to the Burianek family for their loss. Bud will always be remembered for the family stories he shared and his love of outdoor sports. As a much younger cousin, I remember him stopping by our home in Fremont, when returning to Omaha from hunting trips, and dropping off a pheasant or duck, and visiting with my parents. More lately, we had many conversations by phone, and he’d always call or send an email to check on us after our Florida storms. He’ll always be remembered for his kindness, sense of humor, and strong family ties.

  • Liz, Dennis, Dennis Jr, Aubree and Wyatt Thompson Posted May 15, 2024 11:53 am

    Arlene and all the family, we are so sorry for your loss. Bud was one of a kind for sure! The words “Cuz” and “Bohunk” were always so special when he said them. He and his laugh will be so missed. He will continue to be with all of us in our memories of him. Love and prayers to all of you.

  • Don Posted May 15, 2024 2:50 pm

    Ang and I are so sorry for your loss. Bud was a huge influence on my career and truly a great role model. One of the best. ❤️🙏

  • Bob & Angie Hrbek Posted May 16, 2024 9:56 pm

    Angie and I send condolences for your loss and prayers for your family. We’ve shared many glasses of wine in Bud’s company and been blessed in at least two “water emergencies “ by Steamatic’s capabilities. I learned much from your business and am blessed to be part of your extended family.

  • Stephen Hambek Posted May 17, 2024 11:38 am

    Bud, you always had a way to put a smile on my face. It was a blessing to know you!

  • The Gathmann Family Posted May 17, 2024 2:31 pm

    Just learned of Bud’s passing, and want to express our sincere condolences. We have many fond memories of July 4th celebrations and fishing trips to Minnesota. Our thoughts are with you all at this time.

    Jim Gathmann, Julie Trivilino, Jenny burrowes, Jill Moss

  • Terry and Judy Haneey Posted May 17, 2024 3:51 pm

    Just a note to tell you of our sympathy in the loss of Bud! We hope all the good memories yo built and shard together will make this sad time easier

  • Cheryl and Kevin Kreplin Posted May 17, 2024 8:47 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jim Collin Posted May 19, 2024 3:27 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Buds death, He was a good friend and a wonderful person, served his family and community will. He will be missed

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