January 31, 1928-May 8, 2022
George A. (Bud) Bannantine completed his mission on earth on May 8, 2022, in San Antonio. He is survived by his brother, three children, six grandchildren, four stepchildren and their families. Bud was born outside of Moreni, Romania on Jan 31, 1928, to George and Miriam Bannantine, and after living in Vienna and Budapest moved to St. Louis in 1939. He attended Campion Jesuit High School in Wisconsin, then attended and played football at St. Louis University one year before being drafted into the Army in 1946. Upon discharge in 1947 he attended and played football at the University of Oklahoma and earned a degree in petroleum engineering. He was then drafted again in 1950, went to officer’s candidate school, and served in the 82nd Airborne Division, during which time he lost his younger brother, James, in the Korean War. Starting in 1953 he worked for the Superior Oil Company in Midland, TX, Chickasha, OK, Shafter, CA, and Conroe, TX, retiring in 1985. He retired initially in Paris, Texas, and moved to San Antonio in 2000. He was married to Sammye Martin Bannantine from 1955 until her death in 1996 and to Almedia Wiegand Bannantine from 2005 until her death in 2017. Bud was an active member of the Catholic communities where he lived, a driver for Mobile Loaves and Fishes, and a literacy tutor. He was passionate about whatever he did, especially about helping others, and prided himself in his physical fitness and love of sports. His love, generosity, leadership, and determination will be greatly missed.
A Rosary will be held on Friday, June 17, 2022, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church with a Mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. followed by a small reception. Interment will be at 2:00 pm at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St Francis of Assisi Mobile Loaves and Fishes at https://sfasat.org/MLF/donate.htm.