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Funeral services will take place on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:00 AM (Mountain).

American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota

Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota
A visitation will be held from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 on Friday, July 21 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip. Following the prayer service, please join us in honoring Bill with a wake to be enjoyed by all.

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In memory of

Bill Buls

of Philip, South Dakota, died on Sunday, July 16, 2017 at the Hans P. Peterson Memorial Hospital in Philip at the age of 71

Accomplished rancher, farmer William “Bill” Buls was born March 16th 1946 to Carroll “Cork” Kranz and Clarice Wemmering in Sioux City, IA. He was adopted by Clarence and Edna Buls, and brought to their Grindstone area farm in Haakon county, where he was raised with his older sister Bonnie. He grew up loving the outdoors, hunting with his Uncle Ben and learning to farm and raise cattle with his dad, Clarence. As a child, he raced pigeons, enjoyed Boy Scouts, milked cows, rode a horse to school and built his first motorized vehicle, a buggy, after his father challenged him; “If you can build it from scratch with scrap, you can drive it.” From then on he drove.

Bill graduated from Philip High School in 1964 and married his high school sweetheart, Beth Nelson, in 1965. Together they had four children, Becky Richmond (Ryan), Bobby Buls (Dick Corzine), Ben Buls (Sabrina), and Brad Buls (Liz). In the early years of their marriage, they moved to Seattle, WA where he worked for Boeing as a production control expediter on their 707 production line and later for Aero-Go, Inc., an international experimental manufacturing company. In 1971 the family returned to South Dakota where he lived and farmed until his death.

In 1988 he married Shirley (Johnson) Sether. Their individual strengths complimented each other in a transformative way, each changing to become better as a team then they were as individuals. Their loving relationship was evident to all that knew them.

As an adult, Bill lived a full and complete life with wide ranging interests; pool and snooker competitions, dune buggy races, tractor pulls, snowmobile coyote hunting, Shrine, dancing, overseas travel, card playing, raising cocker spaniels, boating with friends, bowling league and baking; to name a few. His one never ending passion was farming.

In 1997 he reunited with his birth parents. Clarice and Cork had married and had 6 additional children. Bill established close, loving ties with his birth parents, his three sisters; Carolyn (Michael) Brown, Colette (Ron) Flynn, and Celeste (Tom) Beckman and three brothers; Chuck (Peggy) Kranz, Clint (Lyn) Kranz, and Curtice (Darlene) Kranz and his many nieces and nephews.

A farmer, rancher, inventor, engineer, mechanic; he was ever the optimist and a true entrepreneur. He believed in hustle and hard work and tried his best to be fair in all his business dealings.

A son, husband, father, brother, grandfather, great grandfather and friend; his gregarious personality filled the room. He is survived by his four children that love and respect him, seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, seven brothers and sisters, and his mother. He will be buried in the Masonic Cemetery, Philip, SD, next to Shirley his loving wife of 28 years. He will be remembered by his many friends and neighbors as “one of a kind”.

A visitation will be held on Friday, July 21 from 6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7 at the Rush Funeral Home in Philip. Following the prayer service, please join us in honoring Bill with a wake to be enjoyed by all.

Funeral services will be held at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22 at the American Legion Hall in Philip. Masonic rites will conclude the service at the legion hall.

Graveside services will be held at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.

6-7 p.m. with a prayer service at 7
Friday, July 21, 2017
Rush Funeral Home
Philip, South Dakota

Saturday, July 22, 2017 - 9:00 a.m.
American Legion Hall
Philip, South Dakota
Pastor Kathy Chesney
Marilyn Millage - Pianist
Congregational Hymn
“Amazing Grace”
Gary Redden - Soloist
“When I Get Where I’m Going”
Mark Buchholz - Terry Buchert
Carolyn Brown
Ben Buls - Brad Buls - Ryan Richmond
Dick Corzine - Todd Irvine - Tim Irvine
Doug Thorson
Masonic Cemetery
Philip, South Dakota

  • Sorry to hear about your loss of Bill, he will be missed by many. He done business at the elevator with Les for many years. Hold onto all the memories. ~ Les & Joann Pearson Philip, SD (7/21/2017)
  • So sorry to hear of your loss! Bill will be missed dearly. Thoughts and Prayers to the family. ~ Leslie O'Connell Rapid City SD (7/21/2017)
  • We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We will hold you in our prayers. ~ Melissa Dalke Wishek, ND (7/21/2017)
  • Bill definitely was a one of a kind. He will be missed by many. Always enjoyed visiting Bill and Shirley when I would come back to Philip. RIP ~ Bonnie Moses Nebraska (7/21/2017)
  • Bill was a great first met in boy scout s had many good times he will be greatly missed ~ sam peterson pacofic, wa (7/19/2017)
  • His father was my great-uncle. We met many years ago at the ranch for a family get-together with my 3 youngsters and my grandmother (Emma) Buls-Ruste. My heart sorrows for your loss, especially you, Bonnie.
    ~ Rita D. (Buls) Boy 1819 Hope Street, Sturgis, SD (7/18/2017)
  • I went to PHS with Bill where we graduated in 1964. After I returned to Philip I would see Bill many mornings at the Philip Pit Stop for coffee. It was great talking with Bill. I will pray for his soul.
    ~ M. R. Hansen Philip, SD (7/18/2017)
  • Ben, Brad, and family. Thoughts and prayers with you. ~ Shelly McLaughlin Midland (7/18/2017)
  • Bill was a great guy we have lots of great memories spending time with him and Shirley they both will be missed by all prayers for comfort ~ Selma Thorson Philip (7/18/2017)
  • I went to grade school with Bill and am so thankful I got to spend a short period of time with him when we were visiting Philip the end of June. Also was happy to meet Ben. My prayers are with your family. ~ Marcia (Wintrode) Biller Minong, Wisconsin (7/18/2017)
  • Our thoughts and prayers. We always enjoyed visiting with your Dad. He was a true friend and neighbor. God Bless. ~ Ralph & Cathy Fiedler Sturgis, S.D. (7/17/2017)
  • Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Cheryl Gartner Box Elder (7/17/2017)