Bud Kuechler, 94, of Jesup went home to be with Jesus on Saturday, October 26th, 2012.
He will be laid to rest on Tuesday, October 30, 3:00 PM, at Georgia Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Glennville, Georgia, with military honors. He was preceded in death by wives, Beatrice McBarren and Charlie Bichsel. He leaves behind a daughter, Jeanee Umbarger (Patty Jean), two granddaughters Dion Davis and Stacy Hampton, two great grandchildren, Brandon and Amanda Hampton and a great-great grandson Andrew Kole Hampton.
Bud was born October 19, 1918 in Portsmouth, Ohio. He enjoyed telling many (probably tall) tales of his growing up years on a farm, during prohibition with an uncle who was a bootlegger in southeastern Ohio. He graduated from Northridge High School in 1937, and trained and worked as a Tool & Die Maker at Lincoln Engineering Company from 1939 – 1944. In August 1944 he was drafted into the Army/Air Force, serving as a Military Policeman in the Philippines and Japan. After completing military service, he moved back to Ohio and reentered civilian life, tool & die making.
In 1940, Bud married Beatrice McBarren and gave birth to their only child, Patty Jean. In 1952 they moved to the warm climate of Phoenix, Arizona where he met his future son-in-law, Dave Davis, who would later become a professional bowler. Bud was an avid bowler and sports enthusiast, coaching any event from the sidelines, car or couch, better than any coach could possibly have done. In 1997, at age 79, he was awarded a special honor through the American Bowling Congress of being the oldest person ever sanctioned to bowl a 300 game!
Throughout his life, he enjoyed traveling the highways and byways of our country, documenting his travels on video and slides. In his later years, he moved to Jesup and became fast friends with bowling buddies from Fort Stewart, where he bowled every week until he was 92 years old. His other favorite location was the Waffle House, where he spent many hours eating waffles and visiting with his friends who worked there. His constant banter will be missed by family and friends, one and all.
Those desiring may make memorials to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Altamaha Area, 310 South 11th Street, Jesup, GA 31545.
Please sign our guestbook online at www.jesupfuneralhome.com
Howard & Jones Funeral Home