Burdette James Nodland
August 3, 1923 – December 15, 2019
Burdette “Bud” James Nodland, 96, a man of faith in Jesus Christ, passed away Sunday, December 15, 2019. Funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Friday, December 20, 2019, at First Church of Christ (310 NW Ash Dr, Ankeny, IA) with visitation at the church from 11:00-1:00 pm. Burial will follow the service at Oralabor Cemetery, Ankeny, IA.
Bud was born August 3, 1923, in Eagle Grove, IA, to Arthur and Marie (Walker) Nodland. Bud joined the Navy in 1944. While in the Navy he served in World War II on the USS Catron as a gunner and baker, 3rd class, two years; discharged on May 21, 1946. Bud married Darlene Bell on August 9, 1947 and he and Darlene farmed in Clarion, IA until they moved to Des Moines in 1961. Bud retired from U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1987. Prior to that, he worked for the State of Iowa Food Program, owned and operated Silhouette Beauty Salon and Keys Book and Bible Store in Des Moines, Administrator at Polk County Juvenile Home, Cencor Taxes, Ruan, Highland Park Bakery and Minrulax.
Bud loved the Lord and was a member of First Church of Christ in Ankeny. A few of Bud’s favorite things that he enjoyed were coffee, gooseberry pie, ice cream, visits from grandkids and family. He was very handy at everything and enjoyed woodworking, gardening and fishing.
Bud is survived by his children, Michael (Marcia) Nodland of Clutier, IA, Anna Marie (Roger) Gloor of Kansas City, MO, Carol Clason (Alan) of Burnsville, MN and Richard (Tammy) Nodland of Dundas, MN; grandchildren, Jennifer Lewis, Mark Nodland, David Nodland, Abigail Jones, Stephanie Hein, Benjamin Gloor, Sara Amos, Matt Clason, Chad Clason, Shalisha Lee, Susan Edmonson, Benjamin Nodland, Jill Tudisco, Peggy Semke, Michelle Bassett, Jay Staggs, Elisa Crosby, Kristina Crosby and Sarah Reinhardt and many great grandchildren.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife; his parents; brother, Archie Nodland and daughter, Beverly Nodland Carr.
Memorial contributions may be made to First Church of Christ, Christian Missionary Alliance or Ankeny American Legion in memory of Burdette “Bud” James Nodland.
The family would like to thank the staff at Iowa Jewish Senior Life Center for all the compassion and care Bud received.
- Mark Nodland, Pallbearer
- Benjamin Nodland, Pallbearer
- Ben Gloor, Pallbearer
- Matt Hein, Pallbearer
- Justin Amos, Pallbearer
- Nick Tudisco, Pallbearer
- Jeff Edmonson, Pallbearer
- David Nodland, Honorary Pallbearer
- Chad Clason, Honorary Pallbearer
- Matthew Clason, Honorary Pallbearer
- Visitation Friday, December 20, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, December 20, 2019
Burdette James Nodland
December 21, 2019
Mr. Bud was a beloved resident where I worked and even when I stopped working there - I just had to visit often to say hi to Bud and the friends there. On my first day of work - I was very new and nervous - and as I helped him with his socks - he barked "That's the wrong foot!" and it was so funny that we fell out laughing. He had a way to try to bring laughter and joy to everyone he met. I enjoyed bringing my youth group and Daisy the black lab, to visit the Life Center and residents and especially, Mr Bud. We sure do love him. Sending love and condolences to his beloved children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. RIP. ♡
December 19, 2019
MY BEST MEMORIES OF DAD
(From his son, Mike)
At the time when we were living in Newton, Marcia and I decided to drop by my folk’s home in Ankeny.
Stepping into their home without notice, we surprised them with our visit. And we were blessed!
Dad and mom were sitting around the kitchen table with their cups of coffee, their study guides open with their Bibles, as they studied God’s Word together.
What a great role model they were to us.
And in 2010 for my dad’s birthday, I wrote a letter of gratitude to my dad, thanking him for all that he had done to shape me into the person I am today. Dad never said a word about that letter, but I could tell that our relationship had deepened.
The years since mom passed away have been beautiful. Dad and I talked many times about the events in raising his family. He laughed so hard at times, that tears came to his eyes.
And about a week before his passing, I asked what he wanted to watch; and he picked out comedian and pianist, Victor Borge. He had a good, long laugh! It was so good to hear him laugh because he liked to joke with people.
But I’m convinced that the greatest legacy he has left all of us with is the fact that we have absolutely no doubt that he is in heaven. His testimony of trusting Christ as his Savior and his walk with Jesus is cemented in our minds.
There is no greater gift that dad could ever give us, then the reminder that God’s greatest gift to us this Christmastime is God’s Only Begotten Son, Jesus Christ.
December 18, 2019
Budlett (my name for him) was a joyful Man whom made me smile. He will be missed by all here at The Life Center. My favorite Memory was giving Budlett candy and acting like it was a secret, he would beam with joy over a coffee nip. Whisper back OK thru a raised finger. He was over Joyed to see his Family, whom came often. Thank you for allowing us here at The life Center the honor of caring for him. Prayers, Kimberly Watkins Fox