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Columbia Missourian

Buford 'Bud' Guyer, 89, loved family and the outdoors

By Glenda Ortega
June 4, 2013 | 8:55 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA —Buford "Bud" Guyer loved taking outdoor vacations with his four children across the United States, his daughter, Anne Orazio, said.

"He loved traveling, fishing, hiking. We traveled mostly every summer in the ’60s and ’70s," Orazio said.

He was born Nov. 23, 1923, to Roy and Bessie Guyer, in Purdin, in northwestern Missouri.

Mr. Guyer died Friday, May 31, 2013. He was 89.  

He started his first job when he was 10 years old, working in a gas station. He was raised on a farm in Linneus, a small city in Linn County, during the Great Depression.

"He loved the farm, he went to his school riding a horse," Orazio said.

When he was 17, Mr. Guyer flew on an airplane for the first time. He was traveling to Europe to serve in World War II. He fought in the Battle of the Bulge against the German Army as part of the 84th Division called "The Railsplitters."

Mr. Guyer and his wife, Emily, were married in 1954.

"He was very a upstanding and nice guy," she said.

Orazio said "he told his children he was in awful conditions. The weather was very cold. Probably he became stronger after that experience."  

After the war, Mr. Guyer graduated from MU with a master's in engineering. He was employed by the U.S. Geological Survey in Rolla.

He ran his family's business, Wolcott Water Systems, starting about 1950. His parents created the water treating equipment company in 1928. Now, his daughters are running the business. They have been involved for 25 years.

"He was very good to listen to others. He tried to help them as he could, he was very patient. He were mentoring younger people. He taught them about values and his profession, engineering," Orazio said.

His wife and daughter both said his Christian religion was important to him.

"He became more active (with the church) over the last 15 years," Orazio said.

Mr. Guyer is survived by his wife, Emily Guyer, and his children, Jane Mahieu, Anne Orazio, Joy Jones Dillehay and John Guyer.

His seven grandchildren, Hayden Mahieu, Anthony and Nicolas Orazio, Hailey Jones, and Jessica, Alex and Jacob Guyer, gave him years of fun love. His first grandchild was born when he was 70 years old. After he retired in 1975, he had more time to be with his children.

In lieu of flowers, people may send contributions to the Franciscan Penitent Episcopal, 1004 N. College Ave., Columbia, MO 65201.

Memorial services will be held in the summer for his family and friends at a farm by the Missouri River.

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