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.
A message of condolence may be directed to the family by visiting crawfordfuneralhomes.net