In Memory of
Myers Bud Cather
March 20, 1917 – December 24, 2013
Myers “Bud” Cather passed away Christmas Eve 2013, he was 96 years old. Bud was born in Buffalo, Wyoming on March 20, 1917, later his parents returned to Lincoln, NE., their former home. Bud grew up there and attended the University of Nebraska, and played on their famous football team. Bud’s grandparents, and parents: Howard B. Cather and Imogene Myers Cather were homesteaders; their descendant family still possess “The Land” and during the past few summers, they have been building a replica of the original house, for a centennial celebration in 2017.
Bud served in the Army Air Corps which was later known as the U.S. Air Force during WWII. He was a B-24 pilot and a squadron commander of the 704th, 446th Group, 2nd Air Division, Eighth Air Force. He flew 28 missions bombing enemy-occupied Europe. He was second in command of all the squadrons on D-Day. He flew three missions that day. In 1950 Bud was based in Okinawa and was squadron commander of bombing mission over Korea during that war. In both conflicts he earned the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters. In 1951, Now Col. Cather was in command of Offett Air Force Base in Lincoln, NE.
Bud was always artistic and became a commercial artist; subsequently an advertising executive for the automobile industry in Detroit, and finally Vice President of Bristol-Myers Product Division in New York City.
Bud and his second wife, Martha “Mickey” Hoopman Cather resided in New Canaan, CT until 1983, when they moved to Rancho Bernardo, San Diego, CA. His is survived by his wife, Mickey; brother, Robert Cather; and three daughters, by a previous marriage: Jane Cather Bouton, Paula Langan and Cindy Cather; two grandchildren: Tracy and Laura Bouton; and three great grandchildren: Andy, Jack and Eric