MAURICE—Mr. Christopher Budden, age 43, of Maurice, passed away on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at the Happy Siesta Health Center in Remsen.
There will be a private family funeral service at the Oolman Funeral Home in Orange City. The Rev. Wick Hubers will officiate. Interment will follow the service at the Sherman Township Cemetery near Maurice.
Christopher Michael was born on June 7, 1976, in Orange City, the son of Kenneth Edward and Janet Lee (Jasper) Budden. He grew up on his parents’ farm near Maurice and graduated from the MOC-Floyd Valley High School in 1995. His natural mechanic ability and curiosity about how things worked led him to enroll in the Mechanical Engineering and Instrumentation Program at the Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon.
After graduation from NCC in 1997, “Chris” was employed at several area food processing plants including Tyson Foods in Orange City and Quick to Fix, which later became Golden Crisp, in Sioux Center.
He was united in marriage to Lara Blythe, and was blessed with two sons, Casey and Kevin; this marriage later ended. On July 2, 2009, while traveling in Kansas, Chris was involved in a head-on collision which resulted in a traumatic brain injury. After being hospitalized in Joplin, Missouri, he has spent the last 10 years of his life in residential treatment facilities in Lincoln, Nebraska; Waterford, Wisconsin; Carbondale, Illinois; Waterloo, Iowa; and Remsen.
Chris was a lifelong member of the Maurice Reformed Church. Prior to his injury, he enjoyed playing paint ball and riding four-wheeler and dirt bike with his boys.
He is survived by his two sons, Casey Gene Budden and Kevin Dean Budden, both of St. Charles, Missouri; his parents, Ken and Jan Budden, of Maurice; a sister and her husband, April and Robert Alexander, and their children, Adalynn, Moriyah, and Eliott, all of Granville; two aunts and their husbands, Judy and Don Gralaap, of West Bend, Iowa, and Laurie and Roger Scheitler, of Las Vegas, Nevada; and an uncle and his wife, Stacy and Teresa Jasper, of Alton.
He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Raynold and Gertrude Budden, and Clarence and Betty Jasper; and an uncle, Michael Jasper.
Memorials may be directed to the Happy Siesta Health Center’s Activity Program.