Gerald R. (Jerry) Budd (1934 - 2015)

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Long time Anchorage resident Gerald Richard (Jerry) Budd, 80, passed away suddenly at home on Dec. 10, 2015. A Catholic Funeral Mass will be at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at St. Elizabeth Catholic Church, 2901 Huffman Road. An Irish Wake (potluck) will follow at 6 p.m. at the American Legion Post #28, 7001 Brayton Drive. On Dec. 31, 2015, Jerry's birthday, there will be a Navy Military Honors burial at 1 p.m. at JBER, Glenn Hwy Exit; Ft. Richardson/JBER, please meet on the overpass by 12:30 p.m. to be escorted in. Jerry was born on Dec. 31, 1934, in Maple Plain, Minn., to Mary and Jim Budd. Growing up, there were many tales of Jerry's teenage antics, as being the life of the party and loved pushing everyone's buttons. He enlisted in the Navy from '54 -'57, as an aircraft electrician. He was an astute athlete in wrestling & baseball which earned him an offer with the Dodgers Farm League at $12,500/yr, but a shoulder injury altered that career. Jerry met the love of his life, Carolyn Ebert, and was married in St. Bonifacius, Minn., on Aug. 1, 1959, and moved to Florida. They dreamed of moving to Alaska, so they drove with four kids in a Spartan trailer arriving there on Aug. 1, 1967. A salesman at heart, Jerry owned A-1 Mobile Homes with Carol by his side. He was a member of Anchorage Int'l Rotary Club for 41 years with perfect attendance and organized the bell ringing for the Salvation Army, Catholic Church, Arctic Vikings Club, American Legion and Republican Party. A land developer in the '80s, he created Newland Subdivision. A seafood broker, Jerry was known for selling the best seafood to offices and restaurants throughout Alaska. A snow machine racer and sponsor, he promoted air "party" charters to Nome, for snow machine races in '68-'77. He promoted AWA Professional Wrestling to Alaska. He was a fan of Vikings, Glacier Pilots and Alaska Aces. He loved fishing on the Kenai with family and friends, as well as Lake Illiamna with his Cessna 206. Jerry was a devout Catholic, and had tremendous faith in God and the Angels. He was an avid believer in alternative medicine. He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy Budd and Kelly Briske, Virginia and Greg Hanebuth, Robin and Larry Nelson, and Bridget Budd; sons, John, Robert and Bret Budd; grandchildren, Kylie, Connor and Kyl Briske, Casey, Derek and Jake Hanebuth, Jenissa Budd-Amick, Maximilian, Titan and Avalon Cutler, Evangeline Budd, and Wesley Nelson. Siblings, Jim (Jo Ann) Budd, Patsy Zachau, Rose (Tom) Gag; and sister-in-law Sue Budd, brother-in-law, Arnie (Peggy) Ebert; and many nieces and nephews. Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Carol; brothers, Kelly and John; and brother-in-law, Fred Zachau.
Religious Service Information
St Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
2901 Huffman Rd
Anchorage, AK 99516
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Published in Anchorage Daily News on Dec. 26, 2015
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