Walter Lee Blount

Walter Lee “Buddy” Blount, Jr., 82,

died September 6, 2022, at his home in

rural Cottonwood Falls. He was born

June 2, 1940, in Emporia to Walter

Sr. and Leona (Potter) Blount. Buddy

worked at Z-Bar Ranch and Evan

Koger Ranch as a cowboy and then

retired from KDOT after 23 years. In

his younger years, he was on the Mercy

Scuba Diving Team and helped with

Boy Scouts. He enjoyed hunting, fishing,

trap shooting, reading Western books,

and spending time with his grandsons. Buddy proudly served

in the United States Army.

On June 1, 1966, he married Mary Branch in Cottonwood

Falls. They shared 56 years of marriage.

He is survived by: wife, Mary of the home; daughter, Tena

Blount; son, Charlie Blount; grandsons, Dakota Blount and

wife Kortney, Clay Blount, all of Cottonwood Falls; brother,

Jim Blount of OK; and trusty dog companion, Badger.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents; siblings,

Tommy, George, Bobby, Viola, Frankie, Jean, Virgilene,

Shirley, Dorothy, Jake, Anna Lee, and infant sister, Marlene.

Cremation will take place.

Celebration of life gathering will be from 2-4 p.m.

Saturday, October 8, 2022, at Brown-Bennett-Alexander

Funeral Home, Cottonwood Falls. Military honors

conducted by Fort Riley Honor Guard will begin at 2:00 p.m.

Memorial donations may be made to Hand-in-Hand Hospice

or Emporia Animal Shelter in care of Brown-Bennett-

Alexander Funeral Home, PO Box 220, Cottonwood Falls,

KS 66845.

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