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IRETON, IOWA – Wilmer D. “Bud” Vreeman, 91, of Ireton, Iowa passed away on Sunday, February 28, 2021 at Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
A celebration of his life will begin with public viewing starting at 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 4th at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Ireton. Visitation with the family will begin at 5:00 p.m. Thursday followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Bud’s funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Friday at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church with Rev. Michael Boothby officiating. Committal will follow at Pleasant Hill Cemetery in Ireton with lunch at the Ireton Community Center. The Porter Funeral Home in Ireton is assisting the family. The funeral service will be uploaded to the church website, stpaulsireton.blogspot.com later on Friday for viewing.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be directed to the Ireton Community Foundation, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, or the charity of your choice. Wearing masks is encouraged.
Bud Vreeman was born to Dick and Marie (Roskamp) Vreeman on May 1, 1929 in Rock Rapids, Iowa. After many moves and several schools, he graduated from Sioux Center High School in 1946. He was awarded a music scholarship from Northwestern College, but attended for only 6 months, as he felt the need to start working. He continued to enjoy singing at church and for many weddings and funerals well into his 80’s.
He moved to Ireton, Iowa in 1949 to help his Dad in the Vreeman Farm Store, which he bought out in 1952 and changed the company name to Siouxland Implement. While in Ireton Bud met his life partner and married Delma Eilts on May 1, 1950, his 21st birthday. They lived and raised their 6 kids in Ireton where they made their home.
In the implement busines he was a dealer for Massey Harris, Oliver, White, and John Deere, along with Heston, New Idea, Gehl, and many more short lines of equipment. He entered the propane business in 1953 as Siouxland Propane. A tragic fire burned the implement business to the ground in 1959 and they later rebuilt and expanded. As the business grew, he sold part of the implement business to his friend Willard Huitink. He turned over the reigns of Siouxland Propane to his sons Greg and Scott in 1987, but maintained his office until his death, thinking that the boys would need his advice! He was grateful for his loyal and long-term employees over the years, as well as his faithful customers.
Bud was a pillar in the community, serving as Mayor, City Council, and many committees and boards. He was a faithful member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church where he also served in many capacities. He was honored as Citizen of the Year in 2015 and was proud to hold the honor of “Oldest Man in Ireton”! He felt blessed to raise his family in Ireton and grateful for their many friends and acquaintances over the years. He also enjoyed wood carving and traveling with Delma. He was known for his sense of humor and was joking around with his nurses and family until the very end.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years Delma and children, Pam and Mick Everett of South Sioux City, Nebraska, Val and Kent Hoogland, Greg and Genise (Smith) Vreeman, and Scott and Gina (Guardamino) Vreeman all of Ireton, and Lisa and Tom Hanlon of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; son-in-law, Bob Benz of Friday Harbor, Washington. Also left to carry on his wonderful legacy are 18 grandchildren, 26 great-grandchildren, and many special nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Kent; daughter, Patti; granddaughter, Ashley; great-grandson, Raymond; son-in-law, Blake Hultquist; and sister, Dolly Van Peursem and her husband Cecil.
There will be an empty chair at the Super Stop and an empty place in our hearts.
Deepest sympathy to the Vreeman family. Bud was a great man and i had alot of respect for him. He will be greatly missed by all whose lives he touched.
kent hanstein Mar 12 2021 12:00 AM
Deepest sympathy to all of you. I will always remember Bud from when Jeff worked at the JD Implement. Many fond memories of those days. Sharing in your loss.
Sheila Meyer Mar 8 2021 12:00 AM
To the Bud Vreeman Families. I'm very sorry hearing of Bud's passing. A great man that was very interesting to talk to, his great sense of humour, his common sense, and family man. I will miss him at the Sportman Steak Dinners at the club.
Bud and others made Ireton a Great little town that didn't die like many small towns in the area. Thankfully, there is men like him that makes lives better for all.
Arlon J Sandbulte
Arlon J Sandbulte Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM
Memories from the days of Orangewood shadows Rv resort.
Bob & Jean Bell Mar 7 2021 12:00 AM
To the loved ones of Bud Vreeman: Please accept my condolences at this time of your loss. May the God who "binds up the brokenhearted" and "comforts all who mourn" sustain you during this difficult time. Isaiah 61:1, 2.
My Dad, Melvin Ahrendsen (deceased) of Merrill, did business with Mr. Vreeman, and spoke highly of him.
Sheila Ahrendsen Mar 5 2021 12:00 AM
Scott, Gina and Family, I am sorry to hear of your loss. I popped in on occasion to visit the store looking for Scott and was delighted find a kind older gentleman there "minding the store." I knew I was in the presence of a great man and thankful for the moments shared. That same kindness and care are passed on to Scott and Gina who too have a special place in my heart. God bless and comfort you all during this time of loss.
Mrs. Cheryl Buntsma Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM
We will miss Bud's smile. What a friendly guy with a great sense of humor! Just a good person! Our parents Elmer and Cleone Varenhorst and we ourselves enjoyed doing business with Bud! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!
Dan and Cherie Varenhorst
Dan and Cherie Varenhorst Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM
Our sympathy and prayers to you Delma and family. I always enjoyed the times I had coffee with Bud at the Super. He was a great story teller. Sometimes I heard them more than once, but you know, I enjoyed them just as much. Just a few weeks ago, we were visiting and he had just come from his office. I asked him what he did there every morning. His answer was I read my Bible. When he came to the Super for coffee, he had a way of lighting up the place. He was a good friend to many and will be through eternity alongside his Lord and Savior.
Don and Verla Van Sloten Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM
On behalf of the Moloche Guardamino family, we want to express our condolences to the Vreeman family, for the rest of the dear father and grandfather Bud Vreeman, our deepest condolences for Scott Vreeman and his family. From Antonio, Jesus, Jose Antonio and Diego.
Diego Moloche Mar 4 2021 12:00 AM
I will always remember his smile and laugh. RIP Bud. My family really appreciated all that you did you did for us.
Janet, Clifford and Clayton Sorum Mar 3 2021 12:00 AM