Samuel C. Buda, Jr.

Samuel C. Buda, Jr.

October 20, 1947 – January 11, 2023

SAMUEL C. BUDA, JR., 75, of Ocean View, Hawaii, passed away of cancer on January 11, 2023 at his home.  Sam was born in Omaha, Nebraska on October 10, 1947, son of the late Dr. Samuel C. Buda and the late Mariam D. Buda. Sam is survived by his spouse, Shelli Buda. He is also survived by his brothers Joseph D. Buda (Julie Buda), James J. Buda (Tina Buda) and sisters Linda Buda (Gary Goldstein), Marilyne Buda-Evans (Dan Evans). He is also survived by numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, and friends – all of whom meant so much to him!

Sam graduated from Creighton Prep High School in 1965 where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 2008. He was recruited by Coach Bob Davaney, and accepted a full football scholarship at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln (UNL), which he attended. Later, he attended University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) and completed his Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) in Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services.

While living in Omaha, Sam enjoyed ministering to and helping troubled youth during the late ’60s and ’70s working with the Christian Brotherhood and Soul Concern. Sam moved to Kona, Hawaii where he worked and retired as a Safety Manager for an Earth Moving company.

Sam was a master storyteller and gifted in music. He loved playing his guitar and singing with his ukulele friends on the Big Island Hawaii. He was nick-named the Big Kahuna and was very well loved there.

Sam also married Shelli Johnson in Kona, Hawaii on the beach. There was just going to be a couple of friends witnessing the marriage, but word got around to the locals. They showed up with food, ukuleles, and good wishes. It was truly a celebration not to forget! That is what Sam loved about living in Hawaii, it was truly his second family.

When he retired, Shelli and Sam built a house in Ocean View, a rural area where they could see the ocean afar from their porch. They had many animals, from pigs, chickens to goats as well as their beloved doggies.

Sam touched many people in many different ways. Each memory that is held by them will keep Sam alive in their hearts. He will be greatly missed.

Cards or donations can be sent to Shelli Buda P.O. Box 6991 Ocean View, HI 96737.  No Services are planned at this time; a Memorial is pending.



  • Priscilla Quinn Posted January 14, 2023 8:35 pm

    My sympathy to Sam’s wife and family. I went to high school with Linda and Sam was a part of my high school experience. He was a big teddy bear despite his larger than life presence. His smile, and friendly persona is what I will always remember.
    Linda, my thoughts are with you and your family during this sad time. What a great brother and family. Love, Cilla

  • MarilynE Buda Evans Posted January 15, 2023 5:04 am

    Brother Sam we will miss you so much! You always made me feel so loved and protected. I know your walking with Jesus ❤️We are so thankful to have had you in our lives ❤️

  • Rich Williams Posted January 15, 2023 7:43 am

    RIP big guy

  • Judy Andersen-Edwards Posted January 15, 2023 7:44 am

    So sorry to hear of Sam’s passing. Sending prayers to the Buda Family.

  • Pat Todero Posted January 15, 2023 8:17 am

    My heart-felt condolences to the entire Buda family. The things written about him and the video I’ve seen make me fee like I knew and loved him too. He lived in earthly paradise for a while. Now he lives in the true paradise forever.

  • Carol Kline Posted January 15, 2023 9:43 am

    My thoughts and prayers for your family- my God help you all through this loss.

  • Santo and Peggy Terrano Posted January 15, 2023 2:06 pm

    Sincerely condolences. Sam looked so much like his father who looked so much Ike my father.Joe Terrano. We all love you Sam. Santo Terrano and family.

  • Tina Buda Posted January 15, 2023 4:03 pm

    We love you Sam and will miss you dearly. You were always such a gentle soul and a very kind man. My kids have so many fond memories and our hearts are broken right now. We know you are in a better place and we will see you again. Love you

  • Patty Robinson Posted January 16, 2023 3:22 am

    My condolences to your family. Rest in peace Sam.

  • GREG SCHATZ Posted January 16, 2023 4:23 pm

    Shelli, Joe, Jim, and all the Buda family: I went to grade school and high school with Sam….he was a good friend and a true gentleman….and always generous with his kindness. He will be missed. I will keep you all in my prayers.

  • Dan Convery Posted January 17, 2023 1:38 am

    Rest in Peace big Sam. You were a bright star of the Creighton Prep Class of 1965. My condolences to the family.

  • John F> Smolen Posted January 18, 2023 8:22 pm

    Shelli and Joe, Played HS football with Sam at Prep. He was a BIG man then and powerful. a caring man ……… He made a mark in Creighton Prep football and will always be remembered. Now you have your own angel to look out for and over you.,

  • Emily Johnson Posted January 24, 2023 5:25 am

    Love you Sam! Thank you so much for all your love and support🫶🏼

  • Don Stump Posted October 9, 2023 7:10 am

    Sam was a treasure , when I knew him in the nightclub business. After I moved from 8 years HOVE back to the mainland to get my severely broken spine operation!
    I spoke with Sam & was surprised he was living close to me !
    I bless Sams spirit, knowing he in in Heaven !

  • William Zastera Posted March 22, 2024 4:53 am

    Rest in peace my big friend and may gods face smile upon you for your kindness Han humou

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