STERLING – Elmer “Bud” Albus Jr., 87, of Sterling, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014, surrounded by his family.
Bud was born May 13, 1927, in Rock Falls, the son of Elmer L. and Ella (Christiansen) Albus Sr. He married Beverly “Betty” Oberg on Feb. 11, 1947, at St. Mary Catholic Church in Sterling. He worked at Rock Falls RB&W for many years, retiring in 1989. Bud then worked with Sterling Township for 13 years. He served in Germany in the Army, and had the opportunity to participate in the Honor Flight in 2011. Bud enjoyed watching NASCAR races, completing word puzzles, and collecting diecast cars and trucks. He was an excellent carpenter, and enjoyed woodworking and building birdhouses.
Survivors include his wife, Betty of Sterling; one daughter, Patricia (Louie) Murphy of Sterling; one son, Ernie (Donna Osborn) Albus of Oregon; one sister, Edith Gowan of Rock Falls; three grandchildren, Jason (Julie) Krebs of Minnesota, Jennifer (Art) Gneuhs of Plainfield, and Stacy Albus of Chattanooga, Tennessee; four grandchildren, Keelan, Arthur John, Carter, and Leila; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.
Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at McDonald Funeral Home in Rock Falls. The funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral home, with the Rev. James Keenan officiating. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery in Sterling.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established.
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