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Funeral services for Claus “Bud” C. Knuth, Jr., age 88, of Royal, Nebraska will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, at Zion Lutheran Church in Creighton, Nebraska. Pastor Milana Joseph will officiate, with burial in the Orchard Hill Cemetery in Orchard, Nebraska.
Military Honors will be provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1151, American Legion Post 74, and Army National Guard Honor Guard. Visitation will be Friday from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Brockhaus Funeral Home in Creighton.
Bud died Sunday, December 9, 2018, at Avera Creighton Care Centre.
Claus Carl “Bud” Knuth was born March 4, 1930, on the family farm to Claus and Adelheid (Kiihne) Knuth. Bud was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church Creighton, Nebraska. He was confirmed October 15th of 1944, and his bible verse was Isaiah 43:1. He grew up working on the farm and attended country school District #54 and some high school at Creighton. On February 3, 1949, at the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was a US Army Sargent and was placed on reserves in 1950, receiving an Honorable Discharge in May of 1953.
Bud and Maylo Wilton were united in marriage October 12, 1952, at Park Congregational Church by Elgin, Nebraska. They moved to Bud’s family farm by Royal. Together they purchased the farm from Bud’s father. Bud and Maylo worked together on the farm for as long as they were able. Three children were born to their union, Timothy Mark, Jill Diane, and Sonya Kay.
Bud enjoyed farming with his family and spent many years working side by side with his son. His adventurous nature led him and Maylo to enjoy several new experiences. They took up snow skiing, water skiing, square dancing, and ballroom dancing. They traveled throughout the United States and several foreign countries. Bud also took flying lessons and obtained his private pilot’s license. He soon bought a two-seat Cessna plane that he kept on his farm. The farm provided a half-mile long driveway which Bud used as his private airstrip. Bud was a very generous person who was known for giving people free airplane rides as he enjoyed sharing his love of flying with others.
Bud was a member of the Farm Bureau and Nebraska Natural Resource District for several years. He was a very active member of Zion Lutheran Church and enjoyed teaching Sunday School. He also volunteered time with the Christian farms program. Bud participated in several mission trips to Mexico and Jamaica to build churches. As he aged, his travels moved closer to home and he focused on family activities such as his grandson’s ball games and socializing with friends. Bud loved to call up friends and make plans to go out to eat or go dancing. He also volunteered time with the hospice program. Bud had an irresistible sense of humor and always a joke ready to share with others. He was a kind-hearted man who loved his family and was very proud of them. At the end of his life visits from his family were his greatest treasure.
Bud was preceded in death by his son, Timothy Mark; his parents; Claus and Aidelhide Knuth; parents in-law, Paul and Gertrude Wilton; brothers, Kermit Knuth and Lyle Knuth; brother in-law, Warren Wilton; sister, Helen (Perry) Adams; and sister-in-law, Amy Knuth.
Survivors include his wife, Maylo Knuth; daughter-in-law, Connie Knuth; daughters, Jill (Jay) Fuchtman and Sonya (Jason) Simons; seven grandchildren and spouses, Jeremy (Michele) Knuth, Angie (Tim) Goldsberry, Gina (Michael) Moser, Blake Fuchtman, Adam Fuchtman, Ean Stacken, and Levi Stacken; step-grandchildren, Ashley Hof, Tristan Simons, and Kali Simons; seven great grandchildren, Sofia and Henry Knuth, Turner and Noah Goldsberry, Elizabeth, Lilly, and James Moser; five sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, and nephews.