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Vern ‘Bud’ G. Svoboda
February 21, 2014

Vern "Bud" G. Svoboda, 85, of Mechanicsville, passed away in the presence of his loving family on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, at the Mechanicsville Nursing & Rehab Center in Mechanicsville.

Visitation services for Bud were Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville. Funeral services, held at the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, were Sunday, Feb. 16, at 1:30 p.m. Bud was laid to rest at Mechanicsville's Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be donated in Bud's honor to the First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsville, Camp Courageous, or Care Initiatives Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at

Bud was born Oct. 6, 1928, the son of Joseph and Grace Svoboda, at his family home in Mount Vernon. He was educated in Illinois and Iowa. When he was stricken with spinal meningitis, his formal education ended, but he never let his illness slow him down.

On Aug. 25, 1950, Bud married the love of his life, Alberta Joyce Clifton, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1951 and proudly served in Korea during the war. Bud was honorably discharged in July 1953 as Sergeant First Class of the Motor Pool.

Bud and Alberta farmed in the Mechanicsville and Stanwood area until they moved in 1962 to the Heritage Farm three miles northwest of Mechanicsville. Bud enjoyed visiting and servicing his Pioneer Seed Corn customers for 22 years.

Bud is loved and survived by his wife, Alberta, of Mechanicsville; son, Wayne (Marla) Svoboda of Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.; daughters, Joy (Al) Root of Pleasant Hill, and Sally (Joe) Hunt of Mechanicsville; sister-in-law, Arlene Svoboda of Mechanicsville; grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Wooster, Kevin (Sarah) Root, Krisanna (Dan) Sternquist, Brady Hunt and Tyler (Claire) Hunt; and great-grandchildren, Jordan Hunt (and two more on the way in March and May). Bud's greatest joy was spending time and making memories with his grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Charles Svoboda; Bud's twin brother, Glen "Buster" Svoboda; niece, Inis Huffman; and sister, Marian Thiher.

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