Obituary: Dr. Robert ‘Bud’ Affeldt of Truckee
On Sunday, September 6th, 2015, Truckee lost one of its most beloved local characters, Dr. Robert “Bud” Affeldt. “Doc,” or Bud as he was known around town, always had a smile and a story to tell.
He moved to Truckee in 1950 and opened up his dental practice. Then he was drafted into the USAF, under the doctor draft law, and served in the Korea War. While in the USAF he married JoAnn Allen, and they moved back to Truckee after his discharge, and raised their family here.
During his life in Truckee, Bud Affeldt was very in involved in serving the community that he loved so much. He gave the Principal address at the 1960 winter Olympics, held at Squaw Valley. Helped start the Donner Lake Fire Department, was the Grand Marshall at times in the 4th of July parade.
He was a skilled and gentle dentist for years with his dental practice in Gateway Truckee, until he retired in 2007. And at 90 years old he was the oldest and longest serving member on the Truckee Sanitary District Board, serving until his passing.
He was known for his warm heart, wonderful stories, and fun sense of humor, and a twinkle in his eyes, he is irreplaceable, and will be so very missed. He is survived by his son Rob Affeldt and wife Marilyn of Truckee. His daughter Janna Guidas and her husband Joe, and beloved granddaughter Savanna “Savvy” of Reno, and his faithful cat Spooky — who stayed by his side as he passed.
He leaves a legacy of love, laughter and stories, come share in the “Celebration of a life well lived” Saturday, September, 19th at 3:30 PM at Truckee Community Arts Center, 10046 Church St. Truckee Ca. 96160.
In memory of Bud Affeldt give a smile, tell a story or donate to Doc Affeldt’s DVD ministry that he started. Send all donations to the Sparks Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2990 N. Rock Blvd. Sparks, NV 89431. Call 775-331-4332 for information.