Walden "Bud' Lankey
September 24, 2018
Walden “Bud” G. Lankey, 95, of Bloomer, passed away peacefully September 24, 2018, at Atrium Post- Acute Care in Bloomer surrounded by his family.
He was deeply loved and will be missed by Rose, his wife of 71 years; children, Sharon Lankey, Judy Kelliher, Mary Jo (Leonard) Ayres; grandchildren, Amber (Brian), Wesley (Kristin), Andrew (Samantha Adams), TJ (Megan Hanson), Sunita (Ryan), Dallas (Emma Sowler); and three great grandchildren, Ruby, Celia and Otto. Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and his son-in-law, Michael Kelliher; a brother; and three sisters.
Bud was born on March 21, 1923, the son of Otto and Inez Lankey. He served in the U.S. Army 264th Ordnance Company from January 1943 to November 1945. Bud was in Belgium when WWII ended and was honorably discharged. He often told the story of marching down the streets of Brussels surrounded by people holding signs stating “War ends at 2pm today.” He was a proud and active member of the American Legion Post #295 and the VFW for numerous years, and a 1939 delegate to Badger Boys State.
On April 9, 1947, Bud married Rose K. Haverly at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer, where they were long-time members.
Music was an important part of Bud’s life. From jam sessions in his sister Letty’s house, to playing the trombone and singing with The Dunn Co Barber Shop Quartet. For many years he was also a choir member of St. Paul’s Catholic Church. He was employed as a butcher at Reetz and Boese Market and then Assistant Post Master until his retirement. Bud also was a volunteer fireman for Bloomer.
Bud was the calm in a house of fiery red headed women. He was always ready with a joke or keen observation when the situation presented itself. He was thoughtful, funny and gracious. He raised a beautiful family that proudly carries on representing those qualities.
Bud’s family wants to extend a special thank you to Roger, Dwayne and the entire St. Croix Hospice Team for all the wonderful care they provided him this past year.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer with Fr. Victor Feltes celebrating the Mass. Military Honors rendered by the Bloomer VFW & American Legion will be held immediately following the mass at church. Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer. Private burial will be held later at St. Paul’s North Catholic Cemetery.
Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home & Chippewa Valley Cremation Services in Bloomer is serving the family.
Visitation will be held from 11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. at Schriver-Thompson Funeral Home in Bloomer
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, September 28, 2018, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in Bloomer
Bloomer Floral - 715-568-5600 - All flowers should be deliverd to the funeral home by 9:30 a.m. on Friday
Mary Jo Moullet Mccracken Dear Lankey family; I am sorry to hear of Buds passing. I stayed several nights with Judy at your home and your dad was always so kind to me. He didn’t even get angry when we knocked the closet door off the sliding track goofing around. Know he was a good man and respected by all who were privileged to know him. Praying for your family.
September 28 at 10:14am
Nancy Kapszukiewicz (Ostenson) Dear Sharon and Family,
I was saddened to hear of Bud's passing. He was such a nice guy, good Dad and great husband. As teens, I'm sure he was irritated by some of our antics, but he never said a negative word! It's been 8 years since my Dad passed, 3 for my Mom and 2 for Mike. I still miss all of them and continue to heal, Best to the 'Lankey' family during this difficult time. I smiled reading the obit re: the red heads! Love To All, NancyK
September 26 at 6:26pm
Karen (Haverly) and Chad Tellin Rose and family my heart goes out to you. I wish I could wrap my arms around you and give you a big hug I miss you dearly! Take care and God bless
September 25 at 5:33pm