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Bryan County, Oklahoma

Highland Park Cemetery
Durant, Oklahoma

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Captain Frank Louis "Bud" Endebrock III

November 15, 1933 ~ June 12, 2016

© Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home

Submitted by: TD

 

Captain Frank Louis “Bud” Endebrock III, a veteran of the United States Navy and resident of Durant, was born in St. Joseph, Missouri, on November 15, 1933, son of the late Frank Louis Endebrock II and the late Josephine Hoffmann. Bud passed from this life into the next on Sunday, June 12, 2016, in Durant, Oklahoma.

Bud served his country as a naval officer, as did his father. After graduation from high school in Seattle, Washington, Bud attended the University of Hawaii and the University of Missouri, earning a degree in Civil Engineering. He received a Masters of Arts in Business Personnel Management from the University of Northern Colorado.

After fifteen months in the private sector, Bud joined the U.S. Navy. Following several tours in the U.S. and Thailand, he was sent to Viet Nam. As a lieutenant, he was entrusted with leading a detachment of Seabees to Newfoundland with the goal of building a likeness of possible landing strips in Cuba, in the event of a U.S. invasion of Cuba.

Bud was one of a few outstanding officers chosen to attend the Naval Post Graduate School in Monterey, California. He earned his Masters of Business Administration while there. He also met Monterey High School Choir Director, the former Ann Wood of Durant. The two were married on August 26, 1972, in Dahlgren, Virginia where he was the commanding officer of the Public Works Center.

Bud was promoted to Captain while serving as executive officer of the Public Works Center for Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii. His diplomatic skills were much in demand in countries such as Thailand, Korea, Guam, Manila, and Singapore. He was lauded for his public speaking skills and was frequently sought out for his social skills, charisma, intelligence, and sense of humor. He was often asked to act as Master of Ceremonies for special events. Wherever they lived, Ann and Bud were known for the comfort and warmth of their home where they loved to entertain their friends with dinner parties, both large and small.

Assigned to Atlantic Forces with North American Treaty Organization (NATO), Captain Endebrock’s final tour was his, Ann’s, and their daughter Susan’s favorite as it took them from the Oval Office to the Throne of England with visits to seventeen European countries. Susan has a wonderful memory of meeting Princess Diana, presenting her with flowers and having her picture taken with her. The family was also invited to attend a special presentation of the Passion Play in Oberammergau, Germany. They made many friends during their trips abroad. They have enjoyed regular visits from these special friends.

Several years ago, Bud was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which influenced his decision to retire from the Navy. He and Ann moved to Durant in 2002 where, though an invalid, Bud retained his sense of humor, zest for life, and friendly nature. Due to loving and patient care from his wife Ann, daughter Susan, and grandchildren,Garrett and Camryn, and helper Diane Nix, he was still able to enjoy social outings, visits from friends, and family vacations.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Josephine Endebrock of St. Joseph, MO; parents-in-law Edwin and Violet Wood of Durant; and his first wife and mother of Steve and Teresa, Eileen Bell, of Anderson, Indiana.

Bud will forever remain in the hearts of those who survived him: Family members include his wife, Ann of the home; son, Steve of Miami, Florida, daughters Teresa Campana and husband, Dominick of Albany, New York, and Susan Gentry of the home; grandchildren Garrett Gentry and Camryn Gentry, of Durant and Kendra Campana, Evan Campana, and Ethan Campana of Albany, N.Y,; his two brothers, John Endebrock and wife LaVerne of St. Louis, MO and Bob Endebrock of Manassas, Virginia, and his two very special “adopted families”, Kenneth Jensen, wife Jytte Wolff-Sneedorff and children Oline and Elvira; and Aage Wolff-Sneedorff, wife Liselotte and children Caroline, Mathilde and Frederikke all of Copenhagen Denmark.

A church service will be held at 10:00 AM Saturday, July 2, 2016 at the lst Methodist Church with Rev. John Breon and Rev. Ross Kirven officiating. Interment will follow at Highland Cemetery, with full military honors.

The above obituary was written by close friend, Irene Hazen of Seattle Washington, as a special tribute to Bud. Irene is a freelance writer and former English teacher on the West Coast. She and Sara Main visited Bud and Ann in Arkansas. One of her fondest memories is that Bud made them a chocolate cake the day they arrived. They were late when they left and almost missed their flight home, so Bud had to run carrying their luggage at the airport so they would make their plane. As Irene says; “What a man!”

Family and friends may send online condolences and view tributes at www.holmescoffeymurray.com.

Services are under the direction of Holmes-Coffey-Murray Funeral Home, Durant, Oklahoma.

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