Albert Harris (Buddy) Lundstedt, 91 of Austin Texas passed away peacefully on April 13, 2017 surrounded by his children. He was born in Austin on February 23, 1926 to Frans Emil Lundstedt and Ellen Carrie Peterson Lundstedt. He attended Baker Elementary, University Junior High and Graduated from Austin High School in 1943 where he was a member of the 1942 state champion football team. After graduation, he and lifetime friend John Nieman went to Bergstrom Air Force base and signed up for the Army Air Corp Reserves and he was drafted into service on Easter Sunday 1944. Albert served his country for two years during WW2 and upon honorary discharge enrolled at the University of Texas in the Spring of 1946. He graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1951.
In 1948 Al started working in the UT athletic department and loved it so much that he made it a lifetime career. On many occasions, he was heard to say, "I'm the luckiest guy in the world when I married Agnes (and she had a ranch!) and when I went to work for the University of Texas. He worked 40 years serving as Ticket Manager, Business Manager and Director of Events. Even after his official retirement in 1988, Al continued to work for another 20 years and remained a fixture at Darrell K Royal Texas Memorial Stadium and UFCU Disch-Falk Field. During his career he served as president of the College Athletics Business Managers Association and received honors including Athletics Business Manager of the Year and Honorary "T" award. He felt so honored and proud to be inducted into the Longhorn Hall of Honor in 1988. He also served as an advisor for Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity and was an honorary member of the Texas Cowboys and Silver Spurs.
In 1950 he met the love of his life Agnes Dora Henke and they were married on April 11, 1953. They enjoyed 56 years together and had two children who benefitted so much from their strong love, caring, and guidance. Buddy enjoyed a diverse range of hobbies including singing in the First English Lutheran Church choir, singing with the Austin Singers, handball, and raising and racing homing pigeons. Some of his happiest times were spent at the family ranch, enjoying its beauty, swimming in the creek, and hunting whitetail deer. He was an avid UT sports fan and was proud to have attended the 1969 "game of the century," witnessed College World Series championships in 1975 and 1983 and attended 52 straight UT/OU football games.
Al was preceded in death by his parents, brother Larry Lane Lundstedt, wife Agnes and their new born son Bruce Allen Lundstedt. He is survived by his sister Mary Lee Kirkley and husband Ralph of Pflugerville, daughter Carol Bockhorn and husband Glen of Round Rock, son David Lundstedt and wife Julia Hilder of Spicewood, Grandchildren Derek Bockhorn, Brandi Berdoll, Natalia Lundstedt and great grandchildren Aubrey, Clay, Brynn and Emily.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 18th at Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home on North Lamar. Services will be at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 in the Weed-Corley-Fish Chapel followed by interment at Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.
Albert lived a life of integrity, longevity and honor. He was a loyal husband, a loving father and grandpa and loved his family, his church, and the University of Texas.
In lieu of flowers a donation can be made to the First English Lutheran Church, 3001 Whitis Ave, Austin, TX 78705.