Forrest Wilhite Budd

Graveside services for Forrest Wilhite Budd, 99, Lawrence will be held at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, July, 26, 2016 at Memorial Park Cemetery. He passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2016 at Pioneer Ridge Retirement Community.

He was born July 20, 1916 in Munden, Kansas, the son of Roy W. and Nellie Ann Owens Budd. He moved with his family to Ohio, Oklahoma and Missouri, growing up near Kansas City, Missouri. He attended the K.C., MO Junior College before coming to Lawrence and attending K.U. in 1938 and 1939. He worked as a Trainman for the Union Pacific Railroad until he retired in 1976.

He was a member of Centenary United Methodist Church, Union Pacific Employee Club #4 and The Order of Railroad Conductors and engineers.

He enjoyed playing the violin and working with computer technology and genealogy. He had a thirst for knowledge.

He married Susie Rogers July 15, 1939 in Lawrence. She preceded him in death February 7, 2010.

Survivors include his sister, Mary Hatfield, Raymore, MO; one niece and five nephews. He was also preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Eugene O. Budd and sister, Ruby Stevenson.

Memorials may be made in his name to the charity of donor’s choice and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

5 Condolences

  1. Michelle Elston on July 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Mr. Budd was a very fine neighbor of my parents (Mary Jo & Cotton Elston) for many years. My mother provided daycare for many children and Mr. Budd and Rosie were always so delighted to have the children come visit with them during the day and he would play his violin for them, play whatever games the kids wanted to play at the time. Wonderful man he was and his wife. May you rest in peace Mr. Budd and now you can re-unite with the love of your life. Sending our thoughts and prayers to your family.

    Michelle Elston & family

  2. Mike Hartnett on July 20, 2016 at 6:23 pm

    A couple of years ago, Pioneer Ridge had this idea of publishing a collection of “life stories” of the residents. I’m a semi-retired journalist, and volunteered for the project.

    It never worked out, most of the residents were too far enfeebled.

    But not Forest! What a charming man! I had a wonderful talk with him. And even at his advanced age, two things shown brightly: his love for his departed wife, and his love for being a train man.

    God bless him. Now he’s reunited with his wife.

  3. Tammy Copp-Barta on July 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm

    Forrest was an amazing man. I spent some time teaching adults how to use computers and software programs with him at Woodlawn School many years ago. He loved technology and learning and was not afraid to ask questions as well as pose them. He was always willing to step forward and and bring others with him. His encouragement and incredible intellect made everyone feel comfortable. He will be truly missed and I’m sure Susie was waiting at the gates for him to enter. God bless you Forrest, may you rest in peace as your work here is done.

  4. Lashaun Wesley on July 23, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I am blessed to have had the chance to meet Forrest and care for him as his nurse at Pioneer Ridge Assisted Living for many years. Forrest was always kind and showed his appreciation anytime you did anything for him. I am grateful that our paths crossed.

  5. Ms. Flonnie Taylor on July 27, 2016 at 10:58 am

    With Heartfelt Sympathy To The Budd Family,
    Grief can be so hard, at such a sad time, but our special memories of our love one help us cope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3.
    With Peace and Loving-Kindness,

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