Virgil E. "Bud" Yost Olivet Virgil E. "Bud" Yost, 84, of Olivet, passed away Saturday, January 12, 2013 at his home, surrounded by family. Bud was born on November 20, 1928 in Fredonia Township, to Daniel A. and Zella M. (McFadden) Yost. He attended Bush School. In 1950, he was drafted into the U.S. Army. He was stationed in California, Japan, and spent nine months in Korea. He was honorably discharged in 1952 as a Corporal. On May 22, 1953, he married Alice Jean Joshick in Marshall. The couple moved to Lee Township and farmed together for 59 years. Along with farming, Bud also worked at Wigent Service Station, W.S. Townsend Company, S.H. Leggitt Company, the Marshall Post Office, Great Lakes Express, and Branch Motor Freight. He was a truck driver for 25 years, and he retired in 1978, after heart surgery, to farm full time with his wife. Bud was a member of the Kalamazoo Valley Antique Engine and Machinery Club, Two-Cylinder Club, Calhoun County Farm Bureau, and was a life member of the Claude E. Hale Marshall VFW Post #4073. He was a former member of the Calhoun County Yesteryear Tractor Club. He also was a member of the Senior Golf League at Tomac Woods Golf Course. Bud enjoyed deer hunting and country music. He enjoyed restoring antique John Deere tractors and going to tractor shows. Bud and Jean traveled south to Florida, Texas, and Arizona for three months in the winter, since 1980. Bud was an avid Detroit Tigers fan and would rarely miss a game on television. He also especially enjoyed spending time with his family. He is survived by his wife Alice Jean, a daughter Karen (Greg) Saltzman, a son Jeffrey (Debbie) Yost, four grandchildren, Karla (Mark) Nail, Joe Saltzman, Ethan Yost, and Tyler Yost, all of Olivet. He is also survived by his twin sister Valda Shreve of Homer, brother Gerald Yost of Marshall, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Virginia Washburn in 2002. Visitation will take place at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home on Tuesday, January 15, 2013, from 2-8 p.m., with family present to greet friends from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at the Craig K. Kempf Funeral Home, with Pastor Bill Cole officiating. Interment will follow at Lyon Lake Cemetery. Family will gather with friends at the Kempf Funeral Home Reception Hall following the cemetery services. Family requests memorial contributions be made to the Claude E. Hale Marshall VFW Post #4073, Calhoun County
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Published in Battle Creek Enquirer on Jan. 15, 2013