Laverne W. “Bud” Winfrey, Sr., 93, of Kingsville, was born Sunday, September 29, 1918 in Norborne, Missouri, the son of Fred Cecil and Bertha (Tietjens) Winfrey. He departed this life at 9:42 p.m. on Monday, May 14, 2012 at the Pleasant Hill Health & Rehabilitation Center.
In April 1941, he was united in marriage to Edith “Butchie” Carrie Standifer in Clovis, New Mexico. She preceded him in death on January 18, 2002.
He was a WWII Army veteran, serving in the European Theatre of Operations. He fought at the D-Day invasion and the Battle of the Bulge as well as several other skirmishes in and around northern Europe. Bud was an avid farmer and outdoorsmen. He loved farming, hunting, and fishing; he was happy just being outside. Most importantly he loved his family. He was proud of his family and cherished the time spent with all of them.
He was also preceded in death by two brothers Adrian Winfrey and Fred Winfrey.
Bud is survived his son and daughter-in-law Buddy and Linda Winfrey of Kingsville; granddaughter Dana Carter and her husband Keith of Lone Jack; two great grandsons Kyle and Klay of Lone Jack; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Friday, May 18, 2012, at the funeral home. Reverend D. Kent Deubner of the Pleasant Hill First Christian Church officiated. A final salute was held by members of VFW Post #3118 at the funeral home. Military services and interment were in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery with full military honors by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3118 Honor Guard. Casket bearers were Jim Beattie, Keith Carter, Charlie Schyer, Charlie Shimel, Dennis Ray, and Kenneth Ray.
Visitation was held one hour prior to the service at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions are suggested to the VFW Post #3118-Veterans Welfare Fund and may be sent in care of the funeral home.