Francis “Bud” Tasler was born on July 19, 1927 to Frank and Margaret Gouger Tasler at Jefferson, Iowa. Bud attended Jackson #8 Country School through the eighth grade. He attended high school in Jefferson, graduating with the Class of 1945.
Mass of the Resurrection was held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, March 8 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jefferson, IA. Mass was celebrated by Father John Gerald. The Lector was Tom Feldmann. Sue Wind was the Eucharistic Minister. Honorary bearers were Richard Blanshan, Brent Goughnour, Carroll Perkins, Larry Teeples, Tom Polking, Al Rowedder, Vern Foje, Don Goodrich, Doug McDermott, John Gerken, Paul Jacobson, Randy Wiittrock, Steve Kohl, Scott Hebenstreit, Eddie Morgan, Pat Griffin and Terry Rich. Casket Bearers were Craig Lyons, Dave Tasler, Ryan Tasler, RickTasler, Mike Finley, Pat Murrane. Vocalist was Sheilah Pound accompanied by Michelle Fields. Interment was at St. Joseph Cemetery in Jefferson. Military Rites by Iowa Army National Guard Honor Guard, Jefferson VFW #9599 and Floyd Brown American Legion Post #11.
In 1948, Bud started farming. In 1950 he was drafted into the United States Army. Before he left for the service, he married Joan Garland on September 30, 1950, then left for the service on October 16, 1950. He was sent to Camp Pickett, Virginia for basic training. In October 1951 he was sent to Germany with the 43rd Infantry Division. He served as Staff Sargent with the Infantry.
Bud was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1952. He returned to Jefferson and started farming again. After 41 years of farming, he retired in 1989.
Bud and Joan raised three children: Frank, Bill and Regina.
Bud was a past member and director of the Iowa Corn Growers Association. He also served as a member of the Farmer’s Home Administration Board. He served as a 4-H Leader for several years. He was a member of the ASC Committee. He was also a township trustee. Bud has been a 54-year member of the B.P.O. Elks Lodge #2306 in Jefferson. He has been an usher at St. Joseph’s Church in Jefferson and St. Francis Church in Fort Myers, FL. After his retirement he became a Hospice Volunteer and a Financial Counselor Volunteer.
Bud and Joan spent the winter months at their condo in Fort Myers, Florida for over 30 years. They played bridge and did a lot of dancing.
Francis “Bud” Tasler died March 4, 2019 at the Veteran’s Medical Center in Des Moines. He was 91 years of age. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Joan; daughter, Regina; sisters, Julia Ann and Rosie; and brother, Walter “Shorty”.
Survivors include his sons, Frank (Liz) Tasler of South Bend, IN and Bill (Tammy) Tasler of Queenstown, MD; brother, John “Jack” Tasler of Urbandale, IA; and sisters, Bonnie Martin of Carroll, IA and Dot Davis of Jefferson, IA; other relatives and many friends.
Memorials are suggested to St. Joseph Catholic Church or VA Hospice House in Des Moines.
Slininger-Schroeder Funeral Home, Jefferson, IA 515-386-2171