Ervan J. "Bud" Masuen, 82, of Le Mars, died unexpectedly Saturday June 5, 2004, at the McKee Medical Center in Loveland, Colo.
Ervan J. Masuen was born Jan. 10, 1922, at Oyens, the son of Charles and Lena (Ruden) Masuen. He grew up in Oyens and Le Mars, graduated from Le Mars Central High School, and attended Westmar College. He served his country with the U.S. Navy, during World War II. The first year of service he attended Officer's Training School in Maryville, Mo., before serving active duty overseas. Bud was involved in seven invasions while aboard the U.S.S. White Marsh, including Saipan, Okinawa, Gaudalcanal, Guam, and Leyte.
After the war, Bud returned to Le Mars where he was employed with the Le Mars Globe Post. He married Wilma Harrison on July 22, 1953, at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. Bud was employed for 33 years with the Sioux City Journal and in 1973 he and his wife Wilma moved to Lancaster, Calif., where he worked for the Antelope Valley Press until his retirement in May of 1987. His wife Wilma died in March 1987 and following his retirement Bud moved back to Le Mars.
Bud was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars and a member of the American Legion, Wasmer Post #241, and the Golden Kernels Drum and Bugle Corp. He was also a member of the International Typographical Union.
Bud was an avid collector of Big Band Sound music and had amassed a huge collection of albums during his life. He and his wife Wilma loved dancing and they enjoyed spending time during their early years at the Club Debonair, a nightclub operated by his brothers.
Survivors include three daughters: Sandy Kirby and her husband Sam of Loveland, Colo., Renee Juelfs of Fort Collins, Colo., and Lisa McClish and her husband, Eric, of San Antonio, Texas; eight grandchildren: Lisa Boehm and her husband,, Stefan, Danyell Sheldon, Matthew Sheldon and his wife Liz, and Ambrosia and Michael Kirby and his wife Kim, Scott and Jason Juelfs, and Misty Bolick and her husband, Andrew; six great-grandchildren; a brother Dick Masuen and his wife, Celesta, of Le Mars; two sisters, Marita Shearon and Dolores Heissel, both of Le Mars; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Wilma; three brothers, Lawrence, Al, and Ray Masuen; and three sisters, Lorraine Becker, Virginia Schroeder, and Florence Masuen.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars with the Rev. Andrew Hoffmann as celebrant. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Le Mars. Military honors at the gravesite will be conducted by Wasmer Post #241 of the American Legion.
Friends may call anytime after 3 p.m. today (Wednesday) at the Feuerstein Funeral Home in Le Mars. A rosary will be held at 4 p.m. and the Scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. at the funeral home.