Gideon “Bud” R. Stegath, Jr.

Resided in Escanaba, Michigan
Died October 18th, 2019

Gideon “Bud” R. Stegath, Jr. 95 of Escanaba, passed away Friday, October 18, 2019 at the Oscar Johnson V.A. Medical Center in Iron Mountain.

Bud was born in Escanaba on July 31, 1924, son of Gideon and Millicent (Molloy) Stegath. He lived in Escanaba all his life, graduating from Escanaba High School in 1942 and attended Cloverland Commercial College for 2 years.

He served in the Army from 1943 to 1948. He served in the Central Germany and Rhineland Campaign where he received a Medical Badge, Bronze Star, Victory Medal and Occupation Medal of Germany and Good Conduct Medal.

Bud owned and operated Stegath Lumber Company with his brother Austin until his retirement in 1984.  In his retirement years, he enjoyed going to work at Northern Plumbing and Heating Supply and loved the people he worked with especially special friend, Brian Farrell.

He was a member of St. Stephens Episcopal Church and a very active member of the Escanaba Fan Club since 1970.  Bud was the recipient of the Escanaba Fan Club Member of the Year which the award is is now known as the Bud Segeth Fan Club Member honor.

Bud was an avid cribbage player, playing daily who once had a “29” hand.  He was an avid Green Bay Packer fan and loved spending time at Killkare family cottage.

Among survivors are his daughters, Gloria (Gary) Lark of Escanaba and Linda (Lance) Collins of Green Bay; six grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings, Austin (Marion) Stegath, William (Virginia) Stegath, and Polly (Jerry) Franke.

Visitation will be held on Friday, October 25th from 1 – 4 p.m. at the Crawford Funeral Home, 302 S. 13th St., Escanaba.  Military honors will take place at 3:45 p.m. and will follow with an opportunity for family and friends to share memories.

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11 Tributes to “Gideon “Bud” R. Stegath, Jr.”

  1. From our family to yours, so sorry for your loss. Will always remember Coops referring to him as Gramps.

  2. Many good memories of Great Uncle Bud in Escanaba summers, going up to the farm, stopping for root beer floats on the way, endless days at beach cottage KillKare. He wouldn’t turn down a slice of pie or a pasty (always with gravy). He also never said “no” when somebody needed help—whether a ride from the Green Bay airport, an order of home-made pasties, fireworks, a tour of ‘his’ Lighthouse, or a couple of capitol “Es” — Bud was your man. Such a rich and full life, so much to miss —Kristin & Shane, Seattle WA

  3. Gloria and Linda, your dad always seemed so mellow and kind. He was that nice guy always walking from one end of the alley to the other, taking care of his family. Growing up in our neighborhood was an adventure for all of us. Memories sweet and memories sour, but mostly memories to look back on and smile. I am so sorry to hear of his passing and to witness another huge loss to the “neighborhood.” Do either of you still have that Purple People Eater windup toy? I loved that thing.

  4. Gloria so sorry to hear about your dad passing.
    I remember him coming into the bank.
    He was such a nice man.

  5. Linda & Lance, Gloria & Gary. I haven’t seen or talked to Bud in many, many years, but I still remember him vividly. What a great guy! While I know it is a loss to you and your families, it is also a loss for the Escanaba community . He certainly had many friends. My deepest sympathy. Don’t be too down—-celebrate his life! God Bless you all.

  6. Hi Gloria and Linda. I got a Facebook Message from Pam this morning (Oct. 24) about your dad. Sorry to learn that he died… but glad that I heard about it. Last time saw him and you guys was in Ann Arbor at Aunt Ginny’s (sp?) funeral.
    Pam keeps me in the loop and I see her quite often (every few years).
    You guys take care of yourselves.
    And again, I’m sorry for your loss.

  7. To the Lark and Stegath family please accept my deepest condolences for your loss. I first meet ” Bud” at the airport several years ago, I was so nervous to meet his grand daughter Liza family, He made me feel at home and welcomed while beating in cribbage most of the day. The only thing I think he enjoyed more than winning was Ecanaba and his family.

  8. Bud was a great neighbor. He visited our house daily, typically more than once. He generally ended his day by stopping by in the evening. He would sit with us and watch TV or chat about whatever. He took me to my first Lions-Packers game at Lambeau as a tip for delivering his Sunday paper. He tolerated me hitting baseballs into his backyard. I smashed out the vent in his garage and a window in his garage door in the process. I’m sure he wasn’t pleased, but I do not recall him getting mad with me. Generous, humorous, and kind, these are qualities by which I will always remember Bud. “Does Bud Make You Wiser?” read the sticker on one of his mopeds. I’d have to say, yes. Yes, he did. An absolute great guy.

  9. Linda, Lance, Gloria and Gary. I was sorry to read about your father. It brought back so many memories of Linda and our friendship. Your father was always so kind and supportive of Community spirit. Always saw him at the football games and here and there around town. Sorry I can’t be there, but know my sincere thoughts are with all of you.
    Celebrate him!!!! 95 years of life. AMAZING!!
    Love, Susie Coplan

  10. Our Sympathy for your loss. But was a true “Eskymo Fan” and his support was seen everywhere! R.I.P. Bud🙏

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