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Joseph T. “Bud” Peregrine

Grant, Perkins County, Nebraska, USA
Death 6 Apr 2016 (aged 94)
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, USA
Burial Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska, USA
Memorial ID 161005122 · View Source
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J. T. “Bud” Peregrine, 94 of Endicott, NE, formerly of Grant, passed away peacefully on April 6, 2016, at his daughter’s house in Lincoln. He was born February 23, 1922 on a farm north of Grant to Joe and Martha Familiar (Reynolds) Peregrine.

He farmed and raised livestock with his father and later with his brother-in-law, John Zingg, and worked in the ag industry in Perkins County until 1972. He had 3 sisters, Dorothy, Gerry (Zingg), Barbara (Hegwood) and a brother, Dale. Bud graduated from high school in Grant in 1939 and briefly attended the University of Nebraska until joining the US Army, 45th Infantry Division, in August of 1942.

During WWII, Sgt. Peregrine was with the 328th Engineers Battalion throughout their 511 days of combat including the amphibious assaults of Sicily and Salerno, the Battle of Anzio, and the landing in Southern France at St. Maxime. Assigned to Patton’s 3rd Army for the European theater, the 45th advanced across France into Germany relying on the expertise of its combat engineers like Bud for numerous river crossings. His unit was among the liberators of Dachau on April 29, 1945. Like many WWII vets, Bud did not speak much about his time at war, but the horrors of the Dachau concentration camp were memories that were with him throughout his life. Over sixty years later he was honored to be chosen to represent the Liberators at the 2006 annual Nebraska Holocaust Commemoration in the State Capitol Rotunda. A sixty-year member of the American Legion and an early supporter of the National WWII Memorial, Bud was able to attend its dedication in 2004 in Washington, DC accompanied by his children and grandchildren.

Bud was honorably discharged in September 1945 and a year later married Mary Elizabeth Gill on September 23rd at St. Michael’s Church, Fairbury, NE. Bud and Mary raised their three children in the house they built on the small farm north of Grant until moving to eastern Nebraska and building a home in 1977 in Endicott. Bud retired from the Farmer’s Coop in Jansen, NE in 1986.

Bud and Mary spent much of their later years together making their home a place full of love and beauty raising many flowers and large gardens, feeding the wild birds and looking forward to time with family especially the four grandkids. After fifty years of marriage, Bud’s Mary passed away in 1996, but he continued to maintain their home as long as he could and enjoyed time visiting his kids and then great grandkids. Bud sang baritone and had participated in barbershop quartets and church choirs throughout his life.

By 2009, his health was such that he took up residence with his daughter and nurse, Kathy, in Lincoln until his passing with her at his side. Also providing constant companionship until the end was Kathy’s dog, Murphy, and his new friends and caregivers from Horisun Hospice.

Bud is survived by his sister Barbara (Bob) Hegwood of Eagle, WI and three children: Larry and Pat (Korthals) Peregrine of Sugar Mill Woods, FL, Kathy Peregrine, and Steve and Therese (Hill) Peregrine all of Lincoln; four grandchildren: Christian and Jennifer (Allen) Peregrine of Indianapolis, Brendan and Mary (McCullohs) Peregrine of Lutz, FL, Aaron Peregrine and Erin Peregrine Antalis of Chicago, and Kurtis and Ariana (Peregrine) Ray of Spalding, NE. Bud had eight great grandkids: Haylee, Noah, Sebastian, Taylor, Emma, Zoe, Camden and Riley.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mary, brother Dale, sisters Dorothy and Gerry (John) Zingg, brother-in-law Lawrence Gill and grandson Robert.

Funeral service: Friday, April 15, 2016 at 10:30am, United Methodist Church, Endicott, NE. Burial immediately following at the Fairbury Cemetery with reception luncheon to follow at the Endicott Town Hall. Gerdes-Meyer Funeral Home in charge of arrangements. Memorials to Horisun Hospice, Lincoln or family choice.

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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Joseph T. “Bud” Peregrine (23 Feb 1922–6 Apr 2016), Find A Grave Memorial no. 161005122, citing Fairbury Cemetery, Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska, USA ; Maintained by Mae (contributor 47033251) .