Edward Joseph Pfeiler
Edward Joseph Pfeiler

Edward Joseph “Bud” Pfeiler went peacefully to heaven on Jan. 19, 2023 in his home in Santa Barbara, at the age of 102, surrounded by the love of his family.

Bud was born on Aug. 11, 1920 in Oxnard, California, the son of Emil and Nellie Pfeiler. He grew up with his six brothers and sisters, sharing many adventures on the Rice Road family ranch.

In 1939 he met the love of his life, Ardna Mae Isham, and they married on Feb. 3, 1942.

During World War II Bud served his country as a pilot and flight instructor in the United States Air Force, training many young pilots.

Edward Joseph Pfeiler in Air Force
Edward Joseph Pfeiler

After the war, he and Ardna settled in Ventura where they raised their four children. Bud continued in the Air Force reserves for 30 more years, and retired as a lieutenant colonel.

In 1963 Bud and Ardna moved their family to Santa Barbara, where he had established the family business Pfeiler Truck and Tractor Sales. Ardna worked alongside him as the bookkeeper.

On Feb. 3, 2017, Bud and Ardna were blessed to celebrate their 75th wedding anniversary. Throughout those 75 years, they loved sharing their time together, from swirling around the dance floor as members of the Stardusters Dance Club to golfing together at The Alisal with occasional visits to the casino.

They enjoyed traveling in their motorhome; trout fishing in the Sierras; salmon fishing on the Rogue River in Oregon; and many of their anniversaries were spent in Las Vegas.

Bud made many friends throughout the years and was admired and loved by all who knew him. Unable to play golf after suffering a stroke in 2010, he continued to join his golf buddies at the Alisal on Wednesdays, riding along with them in the golf cart.

Bud loved his family, and as he grew older he so enjoyed the visits from his grandchildren, great-, as well as great-great grandchildren, and cherished nieces and nephews.

Bud is survived by his four children and their spouses, Edward and Trini, Jo Ann, Mary Ann and Ed Schram, Beverly and Jerry Van Wingerden; and his seven grandchildren, 18 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.

Bud’s faith was very important to him, and he was a great inspiration to his family and to all those who were graced by his love.

The family would like to thank Msgr. Michael Jennett for his love and friendship; the caregivers from The Key and from Complete Care S.B., and the hospice nurses and caring staff from Central Coast Hospice.

A Rosary Vigil will be at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at Welch-Ryce-Haider funeral chapel, 15 E. Sola St., Santa Barbara. A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 at San Roque Catholic Church, 325 Argonne Circle, Santa Barbara, with interment to follow at Calvary Cemetery.

Friends who wish to remember Bud may do so with a contribution to Food From the Heart, P.O. Box 3908, Santa Barbara, CA 93130.