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Richard "Dick" Budrevich

Updated: Nov 8


Dick was born to Meta Wilkens Casey and Anthony J. Budrevich in Des Moines Iowa. Graduate of East High School, Des Moines IA and Parsons College, Fairfield IA. He passed out of his earthly life on Sunday, October 30, 2022, at Azria Health Park Place, Des Moines IA.


Growing up on Des Moines’ East Side, he enjoyed playing games—football, baseball, softball in high school, college and during his stint in the Army. Never gave up his support for the St. Louis Cardinals, Cleveland Browns, and Boston Celtics—win or lose they were his teams.


He was drafted into the US Army but was given a deferment until he completed his education. He went to Iowa State first year out of high school, but then enrolled at Parsons College, Fairfield IA. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry. Member of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity, Gamma Pi chapter.


After graduation he went into the Army and was assigned to the Army Chemical Center at Ft. Hood, for active service until 1962 and then transferred to reserves until 1965. During his active-duty time, he also got to play baseball, center and left field, with his unit team and they even won the 2nd Army Division Tournament once.


After discharge he worked for Diamond Laboratories in Des Moines and eventually moved to the Iowa Department of Agriculture where he worked in the Brucellosis Laboratory and then led the Feed and Fertilizer laboratories until his retirement in 1998.


Can’t forget Dick was a bowler. Over his lifetime, he bowled in men’s leagues and mixed leagues at Merle Hay Lanes, Plaza Lanes, Des Moines Bowling Center and he probably had bowled in every bowling alley in Des Moines area at one time or another. He and his guys usually went to at least one tournament every year. He was very proud of bowling that perfect game of 300 and then later on a 299 game. Hardest thing he had to do was give up the game when his health started changing. Oh, can’t forget his favorite pastime from childhood on was fishing—with his father at the river, sand pits and on vacations with his mother and stepfather and later getting his children involved.


Dick is survived by his wife, Nancy, children Richelle “Chelle” of Des Moines, IA and Richard “Rich” of Durham, NC. He is also survived by 3 grandchildren with our first great grandchild on the way.


The last few years his health deteriorated, and he was cared for at Azria Health Park Place. They knew Dick and cared for him well and made sure he got out to smoke that cigar. The family thanks each and every person on staff there for the cares given him especially during the Covid pandemic. Dick's family would like to thank EveryStep Hospice during his last months for their excellent care.


Memorial contributions for Dick Budrevich can be addressed to his family for later distribution.