Richard Albert Budden, 66, of Petersburg, passed peacefully Jan. 1, in his home, surrounded by family, after a battle with Lymphoma.

Visitation was from 8:45 to 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, where a Mass of Christian Burial commenced at 11 a.m. Mass was streamed via You Tube Live (link is posted on Rick’s tribute page at, and via Facebook Live at Kramer Funeral Home’s Facebook Page. Rev. Dennis Quint officiated. Burial was at SS Peter & Paul Cemetery in Petersburg. A public Celebration of Life will be scheduled at a later date.

Rick was born March 13, 1954, the son of Albert and Julia (Hess) Budden. After graduating from Beckman High School, Rick dedicated his life to providing clean water to his community, continuing the work of his grandfather, father and brother, passing the business on to his eldest son, Toby Budden.

Rick married his beloved wife, Darla Drees, July 19, 1975. Together they celebrated 45 years of marriage and have four children and five grandchildren.

Rick is survived by his wife Darla; children: Toby Budden of Colesburg, Katie (Corey) McAfee of Palo, Joseph (Callie) Budden of Ankeny and Nick Budden of Chicago, Ill.; grandchildren: Maria Fernanda Martinez, Camila Budden, James and Beatrice McAfee and Arden Budden; siblings: Robert (Linda) Budden and Donald (Rachel) Budden, both of Petersburg and Rosemary (Richard) Reittinger of Dyersville; mother-in-law, Mary Ann Drees of Dyersville; in-laws: Dennis (Deb) Drees of Iowa City, Dan (Mary) Drees of Durango, Deb (Norb) McClimon of Dyersville, Darrell (Cheri) Drees of Petaluma, Cal., Diane Drees of Dyersville, Dawn (Gary) Olberding of Dyersville and Delynn (Dave) Fangman of Asbury.

Rick was preceded in death by his parents; father-in-law, James Drees; and his sister-in-law, Marie Budden.

The family would like to thank all of the medical professionals who cared for Rick along the way.

Online condolences may be left for the family at Cards and condolences may be sent to the family in care of Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville, IA 52040-1816. Please include the name Richard Budden on the envelope.