Harold J. Budge SchenectadyHarold J. Budge, 89, passed away Sunday, January 26, 2014 at Ellis Hospital. Born in Schenectady on February 1, 1924, he was the son of the late William and Ellen (Merritt) Budge. A lifelong area resident who attended local schools, Harold graduated from Nott Terrace High School in 1942. Harold was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the 751st Field Artillery Battalion. He participated in the campaigns of Ardennes, Central Europe, Northern France and Rhineland, concluding his military career as a section chief, supervising a 12-man crew. He was the recipient of the American Service Medal, the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. Mr. Budge was employed with New York State Department of Motor Vehicles as a senior computer operator for 27 years, until his retirement in 1988. He played tournament golf and enjoyed gardening, playing cards and horse racing. Mr. Budge is predeceased by his first wife, Phyllis Taylor Budge, who passed in 1991, and second wife, Ruth Krueger Barnes, who passed in 2011. He is also predeceased by his brothers, Pearce, John and Howard Budge; and his sisters, Evelyn Hicks and Lucile Burns. Survived by his son, Bruce (Jessica) Budge, of New Paltz, NY; nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held Friday, January 31 at 11 a.m. at The White Funeral Home, 264 N. Ballston Ave., Scotia. A calling hour will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m. Interment with military honors will be in Memory Gardens, Colonie. Memorial contributions may be made in his memory to Trinity Lutheran Church, 35 Furman St., Schenectady, NY 12304. To express condolences visit www.sbfuneralhome.com.
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Published in The Daily Gazette Co. from Jan. 29 to Jan. 31, 2014