Bud Reid was born on May 1, 1922, on the Reid farm southwest of Rushville, Neb., to Edwin and Clara (Barth) Reid. He was named Benjamin Howard, but was always known as Bud.
He grew up on the family farm, attended country school at District 22 and then Rushville High School. He graduated high school in 1940.
He married Mary Rose Roffers on June 8, 1945, in Rushville and twelve days later was inducted into the Army.
Bud had attempted to enlist in the Navy, but since he was color blind, he was rejected. He served as part of the WWII occupation forces, first in Germany and then in France.
After his return to the states, he and Mary Rose lived in Chadron, Neb., where he was a partner with his brother-in-law Donald Faulk, in an equipment dealership. After the death of his father they moved to the Reid farm where they raised their three children, Glenn, Kenneth, and Shirley.
He and the family moved to Rushville in 1965 and then to Hastings, Neb., in 1966 where he lived until his death on July 26, 2017, at the age of 95.
He is survived by his wife of 72 years, Mary Rose, children Glenn (Christina) Reid of San Miguel, Calif., Kenneth (James Sexton) Reid of Modesto, Calif., and Shirley Reid Melvin of Sioux Falls, S.D., grandchildren Marianna Reid, Nathan Reid, Katherine Reid, Edward Townsend, Heather Reid, Heidi Herrera, Cory Melvin, Jeni Snyder and 15 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Dinah Keeley and Anna Wimer of Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings June Morris, Zella Anderson, Edwin Reid, James Reid, Lois Jungck, Norma Harris and Mildred Wefso.
A memorial service and internment was held Sept. 15, 2017, at the veteran’s section of Fairview Cemetery, Rushville, Neb.
After his farming career, he followed the Reid family tradition of carpentry, working in Rushville and then in Hastings. After retirement you could find him in this workshop building baskets, birdhouses, planters, and other fun items to give as gifts to family and friends. He would build, and then Mary Rose would add her artistic touch with paint and ribbons. Even with his aversion to eating fish, it didn’t stop him from being an avid fisherman. If he had a good day, you could be sure to get a gift of fresh fish!
Memorials in Bud’s memory may be given to the Salvation Army since he was so appreciative of their support while he was in the service in Europe.