Wayne “Bud” Eugene Leben was born December 13, 1927 to Walt and Anna Leben at the family farm near Amherst. He plassed away January 23, 2011 in Wray. He attended elementary parochial school in Amherst and went to high school in Holyoke graduating in 1946. He was married to Virginia Covert March 26, 1950. To this union three daughters were born Bunnie, Vickie and Paula.
Through the years he had many jobs along with helping on the family farm. He worked for the Butane & Propane Service Company right out of high school and then went to work for the Amherst Grain Elevator.
In 1960 he and his brother, Ray and brother-in-law, Bob Kramer bought the redi-mix companies in Holyoke and Wray and Bud moved his family to Wray to run that end of the business.
In 1973 he sold the business and started working with Jack Fisher on his farm. He also worked for Ron Chamberlain after Jack’s passing. He worked for 1256 Cattle Company for a few years and also helped the Osmus Brothers with harvesting for years.
He was no stranger to hard work. When he wasn’t working he was fixing things for his daughters and grandchildren and wife. He was always the go to guy for any problem his daughters had. He came out on many a night to recue girls in a broken down vehicle. Sometimes he simply said find your own way home! And we did!
He adored his grandchildren especially enjoying them when they were them as toddlers and young children. He did find teenage girls a bit of a challenge even though he had raised three of them. But he was excellent at taking his grandsons fishing, playing ball with them and taking them with him when he had to check cattle or feed baby calves. His grandchildren and great grandchildren all could feel the incredible love he had for them.
When he lost his loving wife in 2007 his health declined fast. He just couldn’t learn to live without her. His three daughters have been caring for him in him home for for the last three and a half years and have been blessed to come to know their father so well. We will miss him immensely.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Virginia, his parents, Walt and Anna, his brothers, Ray and Rex, his sister, Fern Mast, his granddaughter, Tara Jo Kerst, nephew, Craig Leben, and brother-in-law, Frank “Punk” Linnenbrink.
His is survived by his daughters, Bunnie Hardy of Yuma, Vickie Kerst and husband, Joe; and Paula Leben, grandchildren, Tate Kerst & wife, Amy of Dallas, TX, Takk Kerst and Tomarra Hardy of Seattle, WA, Ty Kerst and wife, Liz of Arnold, MD and Telena Kerst, great-grandchildren, Brandon, Taran and Stephanie of Deallas and Raleigh of Arnol, sister, Faye Rockwell and husband, Gene and sister, Bette Brown and husband, Gene, sister-in-law, Yvonne and husband, Boyce Wernet, sisters-in-law, Bette Linnenbrink and Winona and husband, Gordon Leben (cousin of the deceased), sister-in-law, Dola Martinson and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
He was our friend, hero, advisor our super DAD. Mr. Leben requested no services and that his body be donated to science.
A private family inurnment will be held at Grandview Cemetery in Wray. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Plains, P.O. Box 365, Wray, Colorado 80758. Spellman-Schmidt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangments.