Emil "Bud" Ruhnow Jr., 86, of Culver passed away peacefully at his home on September 4, 2012.
Bud was born in Chicago, IL on September 16, 1925 to Emil and Anna (Mueller) Ruhnow. The family moved to North Judson in the 1930's and then bought a farm on the outskirts of Culver. Bud attended Leiters Ford School.
He was married in 1952 to Mary Ann Busart, built his own home on Sage Road, and raised his family there. Mary Ann passed away in 1983
In 1994 Bud was married to Bobetta (Cummins) Washburn. She survives.
On September 11, 1944, Bud joined the Navy and served n the South Pacific Theater on the USS L.S.T. 1027 until his discharge in April 1946. He crossed the equator in Pago Pago, Samoa in March 1944 and became a Trusty Shellback.
Upon his discharge from the Navy, Bud worked a short time at Studebakers and then went into business with his father in Ruhnow's Plumbing and Heating. Bud bought the business from his father and continued in the plumbing, heating, sheet metal business until his retirement. Bud was Past Commander and a Lifetime member of Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919 and a member of Collins-Tasch American Legion Post 399.
In addition to his wife Bobetta, Bud is survived by his children - Margaret (Dale) Bowersox, Richard (Sheila) Ruhnow, Denise Ruhnow, and Gail (John Reininga) Ruhnow; his step-children - Larry Washburn and Jacqueline (Scott) Crull; 7 grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great grandchildren, and three step-great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Edward, Gertrude, and Crystal; and wife Mary Ann Ruhnow.
A time of visitation will be held at the Odom Funeral Home, Culver, on Friday, September 7, 2012 from 10:00AM - 12:00PM. Tom Padberg will officiate services at 12:00PM. Burial will follow at St. Anne's Catholic Cemetery in Monterey.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Finney Shilling VFW Post 6919.