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Bud Koberstein - June 03, 2010


Roy “Bud” A. Koberstein, 93, a longtime resident of Holyoke, was born Aug. 5, 1916 near Hastings, Neb. to Frank William Koberstein and Clara Elenor Foy Koberstein. He died June 3, 2010.

In 1918, Roy moved with his family to the home place northwest of Holyoke. He attended Silverbeam #16 Country School through eighth grade and attended Phillips County High School for one year. At that time he quit school to help on the farm. Through Operation Recognition, Roy received his high school diploma from Holyoke High School with the Class of 2003.

Bud worked various jobs for neighbors, which included picking corn by hand with a team and a wagon. If a person picked 100 bushels a day, he was a heck of a hand. During his life he saw everything from working with horses to farming with GPS. He was simply amazed at how GPS works.

From January 1941 to June 1945, Roy served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 45th division, 157th infantry, G company and service company. He drove a duce and a half, hauling supplies to the front lines. He was overseas for two and a half years and traveled through many areas, including north Africa, Sicily, Italy, southern France, Rhineland, Dachau and Munich.

On June 12, 1946 he married Pauline McConnell from Haxtun. Bud and Pauline resided at and continued the farming of the Koberstein homestead up until his death. He also worked as a mechanic in Paoli at Thompson’s Repair Shop for 11 years during the winter months in the 1960s and early 1970s.

Bud was a member of First United Methodist Church of Holyoke, and he assisted with the construction of the church when it was originally built. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 6482 and a member of American Legion Post 90. He also served on the Holyoke Co-op board for 14 years. His hobbies included working on motors, vehicles and machinery. Bud enjoyed watching the Colorado Rockies, gardening and reading Louis L’Amour and other western books.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Floyd Koberstein and wife Mary, Lee Frank Koberstein and Ray “Swede” Koberstein; sisters, Winona Rouze and Faye Dulgar and husband Art and their son Jim; infant brother in Hastings; and brother-in-law Everett McConnell.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Pauline; son, Robert “Bob” Koberstein of Holyoke; daughter, Marsha O’Connell and husband Daniel of Silt; sister, Emily Haynes and husband Delbert of Holyoke; grandchildren, Kimberlee O’Connell of Meeker and Kelly O’Connell and wife Julia of Grand Junction; great-granddaughter, Eden O’Connell of Grand Junction; sisters-in-law, Berdine Koberstein of Holyoke, Vernelle Koberstein of Pullman, Wash. and Betty McConnell of Mesa, Ariz.; brother-in-law, Harold McConnell and wife Dorothy of Haxtun; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was held June 7 at First United Methodist Church in Holyoke with Pastor Paul Sung officiating. Interment was at Holyoke Cemetery.

Gerk Funeral Home was entrusted with the arrangements.