Allan “Bud” Grundman, 86, of Nebraska City, died at Duffs Memorial Friendship Villa in Nebraska City.

Allan “Bud” Cole Grundman, 86, of Nebraska City, formerly of Percival, Iowa, died April 25, 2014, at the Duffs Memorial Friendship Villa in Nebraska City with his family at his side. He was born on April 29, 1927, in Nebraska City to John George and Helen Viola (Cole) Grundman.

    After Allan graduated from Nebraska City High School in 1944, he attended and played football at the University of Nebraska for one year. He returned home to help on the family farm. On Dec. 8, 1947, Allan and Mary Ellen Wurtele married in Nebraska City.

    In 1957, they moved to the Percival area, where he farmed and was a truck driver and truck mechanic. In 1974, Allan owned and operated the Grain Services Company and Elevator in Nebraska City, were he continued to work until he retired in 2002.   

    Allan enjoyed gardening, reading, hitting golf balls, but his most favorite thing to do was to attend his grandchildren’s events and being with family and friends.

    He was baptized and confirmed and was a member of the Bethel United Church of Christ in Nebraska City, were he served on the Spiritual Council, Building and Grounds Committee for the new church, and Sunday School Superintendent. He was a 50-year member of Elks Lodge #1049, member of Fraternal Order of Eagles #968, the Grain and Feed Dealers Association and the National Rifle Association of America.  

    He was preceded by his father on May 25, 1985; mother on July 31, 2000;   sisters Arlene Sue Tidball, Mary Ann Parthum and Barbara Lea Sasse; and great aunt Lucile Grundman.

    He is survived by wife of 65 years, Mary Ellen Grundman of Nebraska City; daughters Janet Grundman of Kansas City, Mo., Kay Whiteman and husband Peter of Raytown, Mo., Laurie Trombino and husband Tony of Nebraska City, and Millie Ross of Nebraska City;  7 grandchildren: Jason Esser and wife Kim, Jeremy Esser and wife Rachel, Jarrod Esser and wife Jodi, Drew Whiteman, James Berry and fiancé Tara Schmidt, Jamie Jordan and husband Matt, and Elise Ross and friend Shawn Hamling; 15  great grandchildren; nieces; nephews; cousins; other relatives and friends.

    Visitation will be Wednesday, April 30, from 1-8 p.m. with the family greeting friends from 5-7 p.m. at Peterson Mortuary and on Thursday, May 1, 9:30 a.m. until service time at the Bethel United Church of Christ.

    A Celebration of the Life will be May 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the Bethel United Church of Christ  in Nebraska City with the Rev. Roger Good officiating. The burial will follow at Wyuka Cemetery.

    Memorials are suggested to the Bethel United Church of Christ or the Humane Society.

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Peterson Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.