The Obit For Bud Goldizen

Ivan Leon "Bud" Goldizen
(1924-2011)

Published in Daily News-Miner on February 16, 2011


Longtime Fairbanks resident Ivan "Bud" Leon Goldizen, 86, went home to be with the Lord as a result of congestive heart failure on Feb. 14, 2011, surrounded by loved ones.

He was born on July 15, 1924, in Macon, Mo., to Noel Frederick Goldizen and Effie Elizabeth Hilpert. He was the second of four sons raised on a farm.

After graduating from high school in Iowa, he got a contract to go to spring training in Florida with the St. Louis Cardinals. He also received a draft notice from Uncle Sam. Instead, he joined the Navy and went into the submarine service. He served his country from Jan. 26, 1943, to Feb. 4, 1946, aboard the USS Saury SS189 as a motor machinist's mate third class during World War II in the South Pacific.
After the war, he returned to his first love - baseball. He pitched for the Cleveland Indians minor league team. He got tired of traveling and living out of a suitcase, so he came to Fairbanks to visit his brother, Harold. The local labor union offered him a job, if he would play baseball, of course he said, "Yes!"
He met the love of his life, Kitty, in Santa's Bakery in May 1952. They were married on Valentine's Day, Feb. 14, 1953. They made their home in Fairbanks. They were blessed with two sons, Steve and Joe. Bud worked at Ladd Field, Matanuska Creamery and then retired from the state of Alaska.

Bud loved the outdoors, especially flyfishing the lakes and rivers of Alaska. In his spare time, he enjoyed tying flies, making knives and tooling and working with leather. He loved to joke and tell stories of his adventurers. He loved his family. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to all. He will greatly missed by all who knew him as "Grandpa Bud."

He is survived by his wife, Kitty; son, Steve and wife Carla; son, Joe and wife Cathy; grandchildren, Aaron, Heidi and husband Daniel, Erika, Sarah and Nathan; great-grandchildren, Grace and Jaren; brother, Joe Dean Goldizen of Oklahoma; sister-in-law, Elsie Goldizen of Iowa; and nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, grandparents, brothers Harold and Lewis; and sister-in-law, Josephine.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011, at Jubilee Worship Center, 541 Third St. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hospice of the Tanana Valley, 2001 Gillam Way, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home