John Fredrick Budd I, age 62, who resided with his daughter Shantay during his final years of life in Grand Rapids, was reunited with loved ones on Sunday July 28th, 2019 at Butterworth Hospital in Grand Rapids. He was born July 22, 1957 in Clare to Ona (Pardee) and Ira Budd. John grew up in Beaverton and attended Beaverton Schools. He was a hardworking man in the oil field throughout his life for Bigard & Huggard Drilling Company out of Mt. Pleasant until an injury on the job left him disabled. John then occupied his time with family, friends and his many dogs. He was the widow of Sharon Kay (King) Budd. They shared over 20 years of ups and downs together, giving new meaning to better or worse but always managed to figure out how to make things work. They were truly devoted to each other. He loved his Budweiser and Kool Brand cigarettes. John truly enjoyed living his life to the fullest. In his past time he would spend time hunting, fishing and partying! John is survived by his mother Ona (Pardee) Budd, his brothers Ira (Martha) Budd of Beaverton, Steven (Rhonda) Budd of Clare, Kim (Sue) Budd of Mt. Pleasant, and Kevin (Sandy Cripps) Budd of Beaverton. His “lovely” in his words, ex-wife Sharon A. Budd of Grand Rapids, approved by Gabby per Dear Abby! His children Shantay (Brian Townsend) Budd of Grand Rapids, John (Rebekah Vosburgh) Budd II of Harrison, Jessica Sarles of Mt. Pleasant, Matthew (Andrea) Peek of Grand Rapids, Phillip (Jo) Strong of Midland, Anthony (Traci) Strong of Gladwin, and Heather (Greg) Brady of Harrison. John had great pleasure spending time with and tormenting his numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces and nephews. John was predeceased in death by his wife Sharon, his father Ira and brother Craig. The family would like to thank Cedar River Chapel for their gracious use of their House of God.
John’s celebration of life will be held Friday August 9th 2019 at 1p.m. at Cedar River Chapel 2766 River Rd. Beaverton, MI 48612.
If anyone would like to make a memorial donation please do so to the family. If anyone is wanting to send flowers please send them to the Cedar River Chapel.