Vern G. Svoboda

October 6, 1928 ~ February 12, 2014 (age 85)

Vern "Bud" G. Svoboda, 85, of Mechanicsville, Iowa, passed away in the presence of his loving family, on Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at the Mechanicsville Nursing & Rehab Center in Mechanicsville, Iowa. Visitation services for Bud will be Saturday, February 15, 2014 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, Iowa. Funeral services, at the First United Methodist Church in Mechanicsville, Iowa, will be held on Sunday, February 16, 2014 at 1:30 p.m. Bud will be laid to rest at Mechanicsville's Rose Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be donated in Bud's honor to the First United Methodist Church of Mechanicsville, Camp Courageous, or Care Initiatives Hospice. Online condolences may be shared at

Bud was born October 6, 1928, the son of Joseph and Grace Svoboda, at his family home in Mt. Vernon, Iowa. He was educated in Illinois and Iowa. When he was stricken with spinal meningitis, his formal education ended but he never let his illness slow him down. On August 25, 1950, Bud married the love of his life, Alberta Joyce Clifton, at the First Presbyterian Church in Mechanicsville, Iowa. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in July 1951 and proudly served in Korea during the war. Bud was honorably discharged in July 1953 as Sergeant First Class of the Motor Pool.

Bud and Alberta farmed in the Mechanicsville and Stanwood area until they moved in 1962 to the Heritage Farm three miles northwest of Mechanicsville. Bud enjoyed visiting and servicing his Pioneer Seed Corn customers for 22 years.

Bud is loved and survived by his wife, Alberta of Mechanicsville, Iowa; son Wayne (Marla) Svoboda of Brooklyn Heights, New York; daughters, Joy (Al) Root of Pleasant Hill, Iowa and Sally (Joe) Hunt of Mechanicsville, Iowa; sister-in-law, Arlene Svoboda of Mechanicsville, Iowa; grandchildren, Katie (Ben) Wooster, Kevin (Sarah) Root, Krisanna (Dan) Sternquist, Brady Hunt and Tyler (Claire) Hunt; great-grandchildren, Jordan Hunt (and two more on the way in March and May). Bud's greatest joy was spending time and making memories with his grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; older brother, Charles Svoboda and Bud's twin brother, Glen "Buster" Svoboda; niece, Inis Huffman; and sister, Marian Thiher.

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