Nolan Clarence Muhlenbruch, known to his family and friends as “Bud”, passed away on November 28, 2012 in Austin, Texas, with his loving family at his side. Bud was born October 5th, 1921 in Argonia, Kansas, to John E. Muhlenbruch and Lillian (Bramer) Muhlenbruch. Lillian Muhlenbruch passed away when Bud was a very young child and his father remarried Hazel Baugh who, with great affection, gave him the name that would stay with him forever; “Buddy”. Except for his military service during World War II, Buddy resided in Sumner County for 90 years and even after his move to Texas, always considered Argonia his home.
Bud became actively involved in farming while attending high school. After graduation in 1940 he farmed while attending Wichita State University. He met the love of his life, Bryana Reese on a blind date. He often fondly recalled their first date at the Cotillion in Wichita where they danced to Glen Miller. Bud maintained a love for Big Band music for the rest of his life.
Bud left college in the spring of 1942 knowing that he would be joining the military and he wanted to make sure his farming responsibilities were handled. He and Bryana married on July 19, 1942 in Joplin Missouri and began boot camp in August. Bryana travelled with him for much of his service and shared his adventures.
Bud developed a love of flying while in high school and was an accomplished pilot by the time he joined the United States Army Air Corp. His initial training was as an airplane mechanic but was accepted into the U.S. Army Air Corp Cadet Flight Training program where he earned his Pilots Wings and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Bud became a Flight Instructor and gained experience with multi-engine aircraft. He received his Flight Engineers Wings and prepared for deployment as a B29 squadron pilot. World War II ended before he was deployed and he was discharged from active duty in October 1945.
Bud returned to Argonia to join his father in the Muhlenbruch Agency, a thriving real estate and insurance business. The Muhlenbruch Agency continued to serve the community until Bud’s retirement in 2008. Community service was a hallmark of Bud’s life and in addition to his business interests, he served on the Argonia City Council for 20 years and served 2 terms as the Mayor of Argonia. His commitment to service and building community is evident in his years of involvement with the Mason and Shriner organization. As a 32nd degree Mason he proudly wore his Masons ring throughout his life.
Bud counted his family as his greatest accomplishments. Bud and Bryana were married for 53 years. Together they raised 3 lively sons and later enjoyed the great gift of grandchildren.
It is his commitment to his family, his friends and his community that Bud will be best remembered for. He was well known throughout the county and state, and was well liked by all who got to know him. He always had a funny story or joke to tell. He enjoyed people and had an astonishing talent for creating close and lasting friendships over the years.
Buddy was preceded in death by his parents John E. Muhlenbruch and Lillian Muhlenbruch and his stepmother Hazel (Baugh) Muhlenbruch; brothers, Donald Muhlenbruch and Clifford Muhlenbruch; sisters, Juanita Ison and Helen Reiz; his wife Bryana L. Muhlenbruch and his grandson Robert Muhlenbruch. Survivors include his three sons John Michael Muhlenbruch and wife Joyce of Dodge City, Ks., James B. Muhlenbruch and wife Katherine of Austin, Tx., and J. Nolan Muhlenbruch and Beth of Duncan, Ok.; sister Anna Francis Stucker and husband Harry of Fort Worth, Tx.; two grandsons Bryan Muhlenbruch, Daren Muhlenbruch; one granddaughter Michaelane Gish; and four great grandchildren, Grant Nolan Muhlenbruch, Brynn Muhlenbruch, Cody Gish and Kyler Gish.
Funeral services for Bud will be at 2:00 p.m., Monday, December 3, 2012 at Argonia United Methodist Church, Argonia, Ks.
A visitation with the family will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday, December 2, 2012 at Day Funeral Home & Crematory, Wellington, Ks.
A memorial has been established in his memory with the VFW Post 6656, Argonia, Ks. Contributions can be left with the funeral home.
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Arrangements are by Day Funeral Home & Crematory, 1030 Mission Road, Wellington, Ks.