Fred John Bugner
November 9, 1931 – March 26, 2021
Fred Bugner passed from this life at home in Spring Hill, Florida on Friday, March 26, 2021 of natural causes following a prolonged illness. Born on the family farm in Mina, South Dakota, Fred was brother to sisters Hazel Elizabeth (Krywanski) and Emelia Jean (Martschinske), and the son of Millie (Diebert) and Fred Emil Bugner. The farm was homesteaded by his grandfather Fredrick Bugner and farmed by him and his father Fred E. Bugner.
He graduated from Central High School, Aberdeen, SD in 1949 and afterward worked on a farm before enlisting in the United States Marine Corps. He served in the Marines as a helicopter electrician, stationed in Kansas, Tennessee, and Quantico, Virginia, rising to the rank of Sergeant.
Following service in the Marines, he worked for IBM from January 1956 until his retirement in August 1991. His career included involvement in IBM's Project 360; customer hardware support to the space flight tracking system at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, MD; the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD; technical representation to the United States Army at Zweibrucken, (then West) Germany; and software support at IBM facilities in Gaithersburg, MD, Kingston, NY and Raleigh, NC.
He met his wife Nancy (Jones) in Silver Spring, MD and they were married on June 8, 1957. They had two sons, Keith and Kevin, both of whom were born in Maryland. The family spent two years in Zweibrucken, West Germany, where they were able to travel and see many places throughout Europe. After retiring, he lived in North Carolina with Nancy and near Keith. He moved to Spring Hill, FL in December of 2019. Fred was a hardworking and loving man. He was a devoted friend, husband, father, and grandfather. He had an amazing sense of humor, and a great smile. He will be missed.
Predeceased by his sister Emelia Jean and wife Nancy, he is survived by his sister, Hazel Krywanski, sons Keith and Kevin, Kevin’s wife Kim, and grandchildren Kaleigh and John.
Visitation will be held at Brown-Wynne Funeral Home, 1701 E. Millbrook Road, Raleigh, NC, on Friday, April 2nd from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., open to all who knew him. Due to ongoing COVID19 precautions, the funeral service on Saturday morning will be for family only.
Donations can be made to the United Services Organization (USO), or the Hospice Center of the donor's choice.
Friday, April 2, 2021