MESA, Ariz. – Walter M. “Buzz” Heidbreder, 94, died Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2009, at the Hospice of the Valley in Mesa, Ariz.
He was born March 15, 1915, to Walter G. and Marie L. Lammert Heidbreder on the family homestead near California, Mo.
He was a graduate of Central Missouri State University.
He was a commissioned officer in the U. S. Army Air Corps. He taught business subjects in Geneseo for several years and also worked in banking. He established his career in the auto sales, working or Redford Motor Company for several years and then as the Buick sales manager for Hood Chevrolet-Buick, later called Stu Emmert Automotive.
He was a member of the First Christian Church in Liberal and served on the church board for several years.
He also served on the board of trustees of Seward County Community College for 12 years. He was member of the Masonic Fargo Lodge No. 300, Wichita Consistory, Midean Shrine, Scottish Rite and was a KCCH.
He enjoyed golfing, dancing and spending time with friends and family in retirement.
He is survived by his wife, Lizz Heidbreder; one son, Dr. J. S. Heidbreder and wife, Dianne, Castle Rock, Colo.; one daughter, Dr. Beth Miller, Rio Rancho, N.M.; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant son, one brother and one sister.
o Memorial services took place Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Love of Christ Lutheran Church in Mesa.
Additional memorial services will be at 1 p.m. Friday at the First Christian Church in Liberal with Wava Burt presiding.
Entombment will be at the Liberal Mausoleum with Masonic rites.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to First Christian Church in care of the Miller Mortuary.