Darwin ‘Bud’ Elledge, 85Published 10:00pm Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Darwin ‘Bud’ Elledge, 85
Born: Oct. 12, 1926
Died: Aug. 29, 2012
Darwin G. “Bud” Elledge, 85, of Howard Township, died at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012, at his home with his family at his side.
He was born Oct. 12, 1926, in Latty, Ohio. He graduated from Niles High School in 1944 and lived in the area most of his life. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U.S. Navy in the Pacific on the destroyer U.S.S. Dewey. He drove over-the-road trucks his entire career, beginning with Lee Brothers in Chicago and then for Tyler Refrigeration and National-Standard, both in Niles.
Bud was a member of the Teamsters Union Local 364 in South Bend. He was a life member of the B.P.O. of Niles Elks 1322, the American Legion Post 26 in Niles and the Lions Club of Germfask, Mich. An avid fisherman, he and his son, Ken, have been catching their limits on local lakes for years.
On Bud’s birthday in 1968, in Jackson, he married the former Sandra Jean Elo, with whom he celebrated the 43rd anniversary of their wedding last year.
Surviving family includes his wife, Sandy Elledge; sons, Kenneth (Nancy) Elledge, of Niles, and Tim (Susan) Elledge of Plainwell; daughter, Sandra Lynn (Rich) Corban, of Niles; grandchildren, Joshua (Jenny Elledge, Amanda (Eric) Boucq, Sarah Corban and Cory Corban; great-grandchildren, Sophie, Madeline, Olivia, Ethan and Noah; and brother, Carroll (Eunice) Elledge, of Rock, Mich.
He was preceded in death by a grandson, Nathan Elledge; his parents, Edward and Gatha Elledge; and a sister and her husband, Dolores and William Payne.
Service for Bud Elledge will be 11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, at the graveside at Mission Hills Memorial Gardens in Niles with Pastor Lonnie Rhodes, of Portage Road General Baptist Church, officiating and Elks Rites by the B.P.O. of Niles Elks 1322. The service will conclude with full military honors by the United States Navy Honor Guard and American Legion Post 26.
The family will gather with relatives and friends at the Niles Elks Lodge at 12:30 p.m. Friday to celebrate his life. Contributions in the memory of Bud may be made to Hospice at Home.
Arrangements were made at Halbritter Funeral Home in Niles.