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March 05th, 2021

bud estesBUCKLIN – Bud Estes, 74, died Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021 at Hill Top House in Bucklin.

He was born Oct. 4, 1946 to Maynard, Sr. and Wanda (Brown) Estes in Dodge City. 

He married Renae D. Eyster Dec. 3, 1995. She survives.

He was a 1964 graduate of Bucklin High School and received his bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University. 

In May 1968, he joined the family business, Bucklin Tractor and Implement, which had been founded by his grandfather.  He spent five decades with the company in sales, management and eventually ownership along with his siblings.

He later found his passion in politics and was elected to the Kansas Senate in 2016 and re-elected in 2020.  Prior to his time as a Senator, he had served in the Kansas House for four years, representing District 119.  During his time in the Senate, he was the chair of the Federal & State Affairs Committee and Vice Chair of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee.

He was a member of the Bucklin United Methodist Church as well as member and past president of both Bucklin Lions Club and Dodge City Roundup. 

He served as mayor of Bucklin for 16 years. 

Survivors also include three sons: Tad Estes and wife, Barbara, Las Vegas, Brad Estes and wife, Mishaun, Bucklin and Jordan Dyck and wife, Hannah, Overland Park; daughter, Leilani Bell and husband, Charles, Frisco, Texas; brothers, Mike Estes and wife, Kristy, Bucklin, and Kelly Estes and wife, Debbie, Pratt; sister, Letty Bachelor, Bucklin; grandchildren, Talon Estes, West Point, N.Y., and Ridge Estes, Bucklin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and brother-in-law, Dave Bachelor.

• Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22, 2021 in the Bucklin High School Gymnasium with Jeff Hiers and Chaplain Dave DePue presiding. 

Burial will follow at the Bucklin Cemetery in Bucklin. 

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021 at Minnis Mortuary in Bucklin.

Memorials are suggested to Hill Top House or Bucklin Lions Club both in care of Minnis Mortuary, 1901 N. 14th Ave., Dodge City, KS 67801. 

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