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Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine 1924 - 2017
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Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine 1924 - 2017

OMAHA, Neb. — Ernest (Bud) M. Amerine passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2017, at the age of 93, in Omaha, Neb.and went to join the love of his life and wife of 63 years, Marge Renfro Amerine, who he has missed deeply since she passed in 2013.
Bud was born in 1924 in Great Bend. In 1944, he left his home on the farm to join the Navy flight program and serve his country in support of World War II. After transferring to the Air Force, he served as a pilot, flight instructor, and squadron commander during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. He was a world traveler and lived and worked in many U.S. states and foreign countries before retiring in 1975. He was awarded numerous medals including the Bronze Star.
Bud loved to fish, read, and make wood furniture and crafts. In his retirement, he became an avid golfer and gardener who enjoyed sharing his love of billiards and card playing with his family. He will be remembered as a storyteller with a zest for life who made the most of his 93 years.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents who were residents of Great Bend, Ernest and Marie Amerine; sisters Virginia Bird and Wanda Guesnier; and his son William Amerine. He is survived by his sister, Bonnie Rychlec who lives in Pawnee Rock; sons Gary Amerine and Jeff Amerine; daughters Deborah Bayne and Lori Fisher; 14 grandchildren; and 22 great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held in Omaha, Neb. on Dec. 2nd. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Air Force Aid Society ( in honor of Bud.

Great Bend (Kan.) Tribune, Nov. 30, 2017**