Dale “Bud” Burdell Stapert

Dale “Bud” Burdell Stapert, 83, of Austin, Arkansas, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019. He was born December 2, 1935 in Eagle Butte, South Dakota to Bernard and Mable Blattner Stapert. Bud was a rancher and a cowboy, who was extremely proud of being a South Dakotan.  He served as a US Navy Seabee, specifically a Master Builder 2nd Class, with service in Guam and Japan during the Korean Conflict.  The US Navy Seabee motto was “Can Do.”  Bud’s values carried through with this motto.   
Bud’s heart was the only thing bigger than his hands. He always placed others before himself, keeping an open door and a seat at the table for anyone who wished to stop by for a visit or a meal.  He was chiseled with years of knowledge and experience in the areas of construction or fabricating.  When it came to building or fixing anything one can imagine, he was the one for the job.  He operated under the premise that if something looked good but didn’t work, it wasn’t worth the effort.  If something worked well, who cares what it looks like!  
Bud had an affinity for knowing when to talk and when to listen.  He enjoyed telling stories of living and working on the various ranches, riding his horse to school and all the things his family could accomplish without the advantage of modern technology.  He loved to play golf and cribbage and there was no chance of him throwing a fish back in the water. He also loved to sneak treats to the granddogs Bailey, Bentley and Bella, and watch rodeo, which was engrained in his soul as a cowboy and horseman.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three siblings, Russell, Dora Ruth “Suzy” and Lloyd “Sonny”.
Bud is survived by his wife and the love of his life of 57 years, Joyce Fairbanks Stapert.  He also leaves three children, Brian Stapert of Belle Fourche, South Dakota, Darla (Trent) Pettis of Austin, Arkansas, Jeff Stapert of Cabot, Arkansas; a sister, Bonnie Mitchell of Dupree, South Dakota;  two grandchildren, Caitlyn and Jamie Pettis; and one great-grandchild, Willow “Bug” White.
Memorial services will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, July 12, 2019 at Old Austin United Methodist Church. Arrangements by Moore’s Cabot Funeral Home, 501-843-5816.   Please sign our online guestbook:  www.moores cabotfuneralhome.com.
Cards may be sent to the family at 1558 Ray Sowell RD Austin, AR 72007.

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