LOUIS "BUD" CATE
Louis E. "Bud" Cate, age 80, of Morristown, was greeted at heaven's gate on January 16, 2010.
A time of gathering will be held Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 2:30 p.m. at the Peace United Methodist Church, Morristown, with the Reverend Elden Ecklund, pastor officiating. A private interment will be at Meadow Ridge Memorial Park, Faribault with military rites provided by the Central Veterans Association, Faribault.
No visitation will be held.
Bud was the eldest son of Noland "Jack" and Charlotte (Bitker) Cate and was born on February 24, 1929 in Faribault. Bud was baptized and confirmed at Trinity Lutheran Church, Faribault. He enlisted into the U. S. Air Force on December 20, 1948 and served in the Philipines as the senior aircraft mechanic in the 317 Inter-Ceptor Squadron. He was honorably discharged on September 2, 1954.
His love of horses throughout his entire life took him to many states including Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Texas and Florida. Bud was well known through out the area for his sense of fair trade and his beautiful Appaloosa Horses.
He is survived by six siblings, Dick (and Anita) Cate of Kenosha, WI, Joseph (and Dorothy) Cate of Stonewall, OK, JoAnn Verdev of Morristown, Evelyn (and Elmer) Schmidthuber of New Richland, Jim (and Marie) Cate of Stratford, OK and Allen Cate of Balch Springs, TX. He will be long remembered and missed by his many loving nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Arlene Pfeffer in 1998 and Delores Thielbar in 2009; and three brothers-in-law Bill Pfeffer, Gene Thielbar and Vic Verdev.
Uncle Bud was a very importan person in my life. He was more then and Uncle he was my second dad. I will miss him very much. He has touched very many people in his life. I see it with my own kids. They will remember him forever also. Thank you Uncle bud for everything you have done.
As our oldest brother, you were the big brother to be looked up to and looked to for help when we needed it. In your long battle you never complained, and bore what God handed out to you. May the Lord have a place for you in His Kingdom and that your wish to meet Jesus has come true. Bob & Raul
Memories of Uncle Bud as remembered by Patricia Olson (Thielbar). When I was still a child my parents (Dee/Sis) would take us to visit Grandma & Grandpa Cate when they lived out on highway 3. Then uncle Bud bought the place and had many beautiful horses. I remember he would take us to the tack barn and explain all the different types of “horse stuff” with such patience and knowledge. I remember walking the horse trails for many hours with my siblings and making up stories about the horses that traveled them. Fast forward 20 years later and Uncle Bud was living out in Morristown with Jim and Marie. At the annual 4th of July celebration I introduced my future husband (Lynn Olson) to my moms family. As Lynn rode up the driveway on his Harley with Mom (Dee/Sis) on the back someone told Lynn that the beer was in the barn. As Lynn entered the barn Bud greeted him with a handshake and said “I don’t really know who you are but as long as you don’t cause any trouble, welcome” I will always remember my uncle Bud with a kind smile and a sparkle in his eyes. Mom now you have your “Buddy” with you! Happy trails until we meet again.
" To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die" ~Thomas Campbell, "Hallowed Ground" Till we meet again uncle Bud. JoAnn, May God bless you for taking such great care of Bud these past few years. THANK YOU! hugs
Uncle Buddy was a kind man with a sparkle in his eye. He will be greatly missed, but heaven is surely a happy place now. He showed everyone how it's done - to live a good and honest life and extend a helping hand to family and neigbors. We will now celebrate and love him from afar.
The memories and example of such a man is never forgotten. With the help of God his example will continue to guide us all.
What a great man and uncle we will miss his sweet smile