Gerald "Bud" Bye, age 90, of Gayville, South Dakota, died on Sunday, October 1, 2017 at Wakonda Heritage Manor in Wakonda, South Dakota.
Memorial services will be 10:30 AM on Friday, October 6, 2017 at Gayville Lutheran Church in Gayville, South Dakota with Pastors Ben and Kristen Eisele officiating. Inurnment will be in the Gayville Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to services on Friday at the church. Arrangements are under the direction of the Wintz & Ray Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Yankton.
Gerald Charles Bye was born October 20, 1926 in Yankton, South Dakota to Glenn and Mabel (Christopherson) Bye. He grew on a farm near Gayville and graduated from Gayville High School. On June 13, 1948, Bud married Mildred Helgerson in Mission Hill, South Dakota and they welcomed their son, Van Bye in 1949. In the early 1950s, Bud bought a trucking business from Fred Olson and he hauled livestock, hay and grain for area farmers. In 1967, they moved to Anaheim, California and Bud worked for Anaheim Union School District. He started out as a custodian, then was the field and equipment manager and finally ran the sprinkler and irrigation system for the district. Bud then worked for a few years with his son, Van, at his appliance store. They moved to Canyon Lake, California where they lived for 25 years. Bud enjoyed being a handyman helping folks with smaller projects. Their son passed away in February of 2012 and a few years later they moved back to Gayville to be closer to family. In his younger years, Bud enjoyed boating, skiing, scuba diving and hunting.
Bud is survived by his lovely bride, Mildred "Booty" Bye of Wakonda; two grandchildren, Brett (Janelle) Bye of Mesa, AZ and Cory Bye of Anaheim, CA; two great grandchildren, Jet and Hunter Bye; brother, Dale (Norma Jean) Bye of Gayville; sister, Glennys (Wayne "Bud") Jepsen of Gayville; daughter-in-law, Carol Prough of Sedona, AZ; and many nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents and son, Van Bye.
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I attended Magnolia High School in Anaheim and my equipment manager was Bud Bye. He was my friend as a student and as an athlete Bud always had our uniforms ready for every game. I wish I would have known he was from this area. I would have to loved to connect with him again. Itâ€™s been 40 years since I graduated from high school. My sympathies to you in your loss. Bud made a great impression on me as a student because 40 years later I still remember the times I enjoyed talking with him in the school equipment room.
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