William Andrew (Bud) Baughn, Jr. Born Sept. 7, 1950 Died Feb. 24, 2014 Bud passed away in the arms of his loving wife on this day. The last battle was over and he was in the arms of God. Bud was born and raised in Tacoma and spent his entire lifetime living in this area. He was the oldest of five children, brothers Michael, Ricky and Kyle, and his sister Sherry. He is survived by his wife Janine, mother Barbara, brothers Michael and Ricky, sister Sherry, his children Michele Ford and Corey Baughn, son-in-law George Ford, granddaughter Cassie Ford, and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. His father, Bud Senior, passed away in 2002, and brother Kyle passed away in 2008 and are sorely missed by all. Bud graduated from Mt. Tahoma High School in 1969 along with his long-time friend Frank Marcella. They both entered the Navy, and Bud served his country valiantly in Vietnam, where he earned the Bronze Star and other service medals. There he met two life-long shipmates and friends, Bob Metzger of Iowa and John T. Lattu of Minnesota. Upon returning to civilian life, Bud worked at Atlas Foundry and then went to work at Boeing as a machinist from 1985 until his retirement in June of 2012 due to his health. He and his wife Janine loved traveling and had many adventures together, including going to Belize in Central America for their honeymoon and Hawaii for their 10th anniversary, many trips to the Washington and Oregon coasts, Reno, Nevada, and recently Kentucky to visit new family. Bud was a quiet man, but loved his family and friends and always let them know how much in his own way with his terrific sense of humor. He was an avid golfer, and spent many hours with his father and brothers and Frank on courses all over the area. There will be a celebration of Bud's life at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, March 7, 2014 at Fir Lane Memorial Park in Spanaway at 924 East 176th St. There will be a reception following at the Parkside Room. The family wants to especially thank Franciscan Hospice and Central Pierce Fire and Rescue for the wonderful job they did for him in his final days.
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Published in News Tribune (Tacoma) on Mar. 1, 2014