LaVern Henry "Bud" Gonser, 70, went to be with the Lord on Sept. 17, 2005 at his home in Woodward. Graveside funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2005 at the Curtis Cemetery with the Rev. Clyde Irving officiating. Burial will follow with the Billings Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

LaVern Henry "Bud" Gonser was born July 21, 1935 in Clay Center, Kan. to Earl and Elsie (Holstead) Gonser. At the age of 16, Bud went to work for the Santa Fe Railroad and in 1954 at the age of 18 he enlisted in the United States Army. After a few short months of training at Fort Bliss and Fort Sam Houston, Bud was sent to Tokyo, Japan for two years. Bud worked on the neurosurgical ward and in June of 1956 he was released from duty and sent home. After he returned home in August of 1956 he met Bessie Rutledge. Bud and Bessie were united in marriage on Dec. 10, 1956. Bud then went to work for Western State Hospital as a Psychiatric Aide and worked there for 22 years. He then went to work for the City of Woodward for 18 years, retiring in December of 1997.

Bud and Bessie were married 48 years. During this union they had five children, Jerry Gonser and wife Karla of Perryton, Texas; Mike Gonser and wife Carol of Woodward; Diana Tribout and husband Roger of Woodward; Ashley Kughn and husband Mark of Mooreland; Leslie Miller and husband Mark of Woodward; 11 wonderful grandchildren; sister, Phyllis Wilkins and husband Jr. of Pauls Valley; brother, Jack Gonser and wife Veda of Pauls Valley; sister Irene Huffman and husband Richard of Clay Center, Kan.; brother, Carl Affholter and wife Elsie of Morganville, Kan.; and many other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, an infant brother, his brother Cecil and many cousins.

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