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“I feel very lucky to have known Bud.ONE OF A KIND.My thoughts go to his family. He is at peace now and smiling that great smile down at us all...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Tracy Burns - goshen, AR - Friend

“It is hard to say goodbye to someone you have loved your entire life but I believe that people come into your life for a reason. For me, I believe...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Debbie Miller - Wichita, KS

“Bud was always smiling,always nice to me. I'm going to miss seeing Him around. My thoughts and prayers with you all. ”
3 of 10 | Posted by: Linda Pardue - Goshen - Friend

“Lonnie and Burley So sorry about the loss of your dad. No matter how old we are, it's hard to lose a parent. Lonnie--just went through an old...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Beverly Block - Joplin, MO

“Thought I was ready for you to go pawpaw, but I guess I wasn't as ready as I thought. I will always cherrish the past few years that you and I would...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Sarah - Granddaughter

“Bud will be greatly missed. He was more like kinfolk than just friend and neighbor. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Nina Ruth Langham - Goshen, AR

“He was my "Big Brother" who always called me his baby sister. I will miss you greatly and always cherish my memories of you in my heart. When he...Read More »
7 of 10 | Posted by: Ruth Heckart - Wichita, KS

“What a great guy!!! We should all be so lucky to live as long and jolly a life as Bud did. Never saw him without a smile and laugh. I am sorry for...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: Steve & Donna (Little) Combs - AR

“We are sorry to learn of Bud's passing. May you find joy in remembering the good times and the great guy Bud was. RIP dear friend. ”
9 of 10 | Posted by: Warren Langham - Fayetteville, AR

“Our thoughts, prayers, and sympathy are with his family in this difficult time. Bud was a dear man, and Jim and I enjoyed his company in many squares...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: lhighfill6086970@aol.com - AR


John Franklin "Bud" Gayer, 93, of Goshen, AR died Saturday, January 17, 2015 at his home. He was born December 23, 1921 in the Brush Creek area north of Goshen to Charlie William and Minnie Lucinda Garrett Gayer.

He was born, raised, and lived most of his life in the Goshen area and in the house he built. He joined the Army Air Corp in 1942 during World War II and was training as a tail gunner in a B29 when the war ended. He loved being a cattle and chicken farmer most of his life but also worked for Baldwin Piano Company and Shakespeare Industries for several years in his younger days. He enjoyed square dancing for many years. He last attended the First Southern Baptist Church in Goshen.

He was preceded in death by one grand-daughter, Brandy Ann Gayer July 17, 1977; two sisters, Helen Robbins October 5, 1979, and Pauleda Sariego May 27, 2003.

Survivors include three sons, Burley Gayer and wife Pamela of Little Flock, Lonnie Gayer and wife Amanda of Lowell, Frank Gayer and companion Kathy Graham of Goshen; one brother, Paul Gayer of Fayetteville; two sisters, Genell Bienert of Portland, Oregon, and Ruth Ada Heckert of Wichita, Kansas; seven grandchildren; seventeen great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to his wonderful caregivers and hospice personnel.

Visitation will be 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Backstrom-Pyeatte Funeral Home of Springdale.
Services will be at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 23, 2015 at the First Southern Baptist Church, one mile east of Goshen town center on hwy 45, with Pastor Doug Paschal officiating. Burial will follow in the Goshen cemetery. Pallbearers will be Cory Gayer, Jason Ervin, Kriss Collins, Josh Gayer, Travis Garton, and Jason Garton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Circle of Life Hospice of Springdale or the charity of your choice. To sign the online guest book, visit www.Backstrom-Pyeatte.com.

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