Orville “Buddy” Siscoe


Orville Lynn Siscoe, who was always known as Buddy to his friends and family, passed from this temporal life and entered into eternity on January 8, 2018, surrounded by his loving family. Buddy was born in Brockton, Massachusetts (a suburb of Boston), on October 14, 1932, to parents Orville Francis Siscoe and Hilda Annette Hutchins.

From an early age Buddy excelled in sports and music.  At the age of 14, he won first place in a nationally televised talent competition on The Horace Heidt Show, and began touring with Horace Heidt and the Musical Knights two years later.  At the request of his parents, he returned to Brockton to finish High School.  He then received a full scholarship from the prestigious Berkley School of Music, where, as he would often relate, he “made all A’s except for one S” (the “S” he always complained about was the class his teacher excused him from attending, since he already knew the material so well, and for which he received the “grade” of “S”.)  He was also a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Buddy was known as one of the best – if not the best – trumpet players on the East Coast in the 50’s and 60’s.  He worked with all the big stars, such as Tony Bennett, Rich Little, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Johnny Mathis and Bob Hope, and performed regularly with the famous Rat Pack (Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and Joey Bishop.)

Buddy met his wife Bonnie Ferguson, a native Texan, and moved to Houston in 1966.  He began working for the U.S. Post Office during the day, while continuing to perform regularly at prestigious events at night and on weekends.  He played at the Versailles Palace in France, at George Bush’s Presidential Inauguration and even performed for the Queen of England.  He also recorded “The Charge” that was played during sporting events at the Astrodome.  He continued to play well into his 80’s, performing his last big show in Dallas in April of 2016.

Buddy loved to tell jokes and stories about his interesting life.  One of his favorite stories was of a baseball game he played in at a prison (his team vs. the prisoners), during which he hit two home runs over the fence – one of which went through the window of the house where the warden lived (and into the kitchen where he was eating at the time), which brought cheers from both benches.

Buddy is survived by his three children: Scott Siscoe and wife Karli, Tami Richardson and husband Scotty, Robert Siscoe and wife Julie; his former wife and friend Bonnie Padgett; six grandchildren: Kassi Bolan, Brittany Siscoe, Cody Richardson, Derek Siscoe, Amber Siscoe, Kylie Siscoe; two great grandchildren: Brielle Driggs and Noah Bolan (with two more on the way); his sister Beverly Siscoe; and niece Bonnie Reinert.  He will also be missed by his daughter’s best friend, Lynn Capell, who he always referred to as “his other daughter”; and his good friend of 30 years, Gudrun Sloan, and her children and grandchildren.

His funeral will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, January 13, 2018, at Niday Funeral Home, located at 12440 Beamer Rd., Houston, TX 77089.   Visitation will begin at 3:00 pm.  He will be laid to rest at the Houston National Cemetery located at 10410 Veterans Memorial Drive (date and time to be announced).