Leon "Bud" Goldizen
Published in Daily News-Miner
on February 16, 2011
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
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
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,
Arrangements were entrusted to Chapel of Chimes Funeral Home