Oscar L. “Bud” Frauhiger, 92, of Bluffton, died on the night of Wednesday, October 26, 2022 on the Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne.
Bud was born on January 31, 1930 in Wells County to Adam and Esther (Schaefer) Frauhiger. He married Bonnie Trullender on August 20, 1950 in Bluffton. Bonnie preceded him in demise on May 28, 1975. Bud then married Esther McDowell in Bluffton on November 26, 1976; she survives.
Bud, identified by his trucker nickname as “Bud Wheel,” was a highway truck driver from 1946 to 1987, throughout which period he has logged a million accident-free miles. During his 42 years as a truck driver, he started his profession as a driver for Case Dairy and went on to drive for different corporations together with Craig Trucking, B&L Motor Freight, Franklin Electric and Fleetwood Motor Homes.
Bud loved water sports activities, notably boating, and taught his kids and grandchildren to ski. He has boated and skied on Lake James, Dale Hollow Lake and the Lake of the Ozarks. Bud was a member of Bluffton Elks Lodge 796 and a longtime member of the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bluffton, the place he loved mowing the church garden for 31 years after retiring.
Bud additionally loved golf, was an avid bowler and will play Euchre for hours. As a golfer he was a senior league champion for a number of years and as a bowler he was inducted into the Bluffton Bowling Association Hall of Fame. Bud did not know anybody and struck up a dialog with everybody.
In addition to his spouse, Bud is survived by two daughters, Boni Frauhiger of Fort Wayne and (*92*) Frauhiger (fiancé Bob Jackson) of Larwill; a son, Doug McDowell of Novi, Mich.; a sister, Mindy Steiner of Fort Wayne; six grandchildren, Angie (Doug) Wertz, Jodi Frauhiger, Justin (Kristen) Thomas, Laura Vandersteen, Allison McDowell and Melanie McDowell; together with 4 great-grandchildren, Colin Wertz, Austin Wertz, Taylor Wertz and Gavin Frauhiger.
Aside from his first spouse and oldsters, Bud was preceded in demise by two sons, Buddy Frauhiger and toddler Dani Okay. Frauhiger; two sisters, Ada Bushee and Evelyn Felger; and a brother, Jerry Frauhiger.
The visitation will probably be on Tuesday, November 1, 2022 from 11:00 a.m. to three:00 p.m. on the Goodwin – Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel in Bluffton, adopted instantly by a funeral service at 3:00 p.m. Pastor Amy Beitelschees-Albers and Pastor Fred Hasecke will officiate. There may even be a public Elks memorial service on the funeral dwelling on the Tuesday previous to the visitation at 10:30 am. The burial will comply with the memorial service at Fairview Cemetery in Bluffton.
To view the memorial service through Facebook Live, a hyperlink will probably be posted on the prime of Bud’s obituary web page at www.goodwincaleharnish.com at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Memorial contributions could be made to the Calvary Lutheran Church in Bud’s honor to determine a garden care fund.
Online condolences could be despatched to www.goodwincaleharnish.com.