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Obituary: Willard John (Bud) Diedrich

Bud is survived by his wife Helen; sister Priscilla Krivitz of Watertown, Wis.; and many nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by his first wife Virginia and his son William.

Bud was born in New Holstien, Wis., the son of Nicholas and Silvia Diedrich. He grew up and was educated in Fond du Lac, Wis. After serving in WWII, his career took him to Madison and Milwaukee, Wis., Canoga Park and Buellton, Calif., then Albuquerque, N.M. He retired to Prescott Valley, Ariz., in 1988. Bud married Helen Smith there in January of 1991.

Bud was a WWII veteran, serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1945 in Europe. He was always good at math and science and worked many years as a technician, draftsman and quality control checker in the NASA Space Shuttle program. He always had a big smile, a positive attitude and a joke for anyone who would listen. "Happy New Year!"

Bud was an avid bowler and active in the VFW for many years. He began the parish outreach program at St. Germaine Catholic Church in Prescott Valley. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus in the 3rd- and 4th-degree councils.

Bud was witty, loved people and talked to everyone. Bud died at Good Samaritan Care Center in Prescott Valley.

A Rosary will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at St. Germaine Catholic Church, followed by a Funeral Mass. Inurnment will take place at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 11, 2012, at All Souls Cemetery in Cottonwood, Ariz.

Arizona Wakelin Bradshaw Chapel assisted the family with final arrangements. Visit Bud's guestbook at

Information provided by survivors.


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