Bud Duppenthaler passed away on Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 of complications due to interstitial lung disease at the age of 90. He was born on July 11, 1925 in Bellingham, Washington to Louis and Agnes (Gabrielson) Duppenthaler and resided at 918 Lakeway Drive for much of his young life. His infectious smile, laughter, and happiness will be missed by all who knew him. His favorite pastimes were hunting, playing the "gut bucket" with the Washington Old Time Fiddlers, golfing and traveling. He left Bellingham High School in 1943 to join the Army and became a "belly gunner" in a B-24 bomber and attended many reunions of their group over the years. He received an honorary discharge in 1945 having attained the rank of Staff Sergeant. After WWII, he returned to Bellingham where he worked many jobs. He commercially fished, delivered fuel oil, and moved houses and then found employment with the Milwaukee Road railway in the early 1950's. He officially retired from the railroad at the young age of 56 and travelled throughout the continental US, Mexico, and Alaska. He is survived by his wife Merna of the Ferndale home who he married on February 2nd, 2014 in Blanchard, WA; his sons: Dick (Kristi) of Bellingham, WA; Victor (Marilyn) of Zhuhai, China; and John (Chris) of Midland, Texas, 11 grandchildren, 6 great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. If the name is Duppenthaler, he was related. He was also a step-dad to Merna's daughters: Karla (Kelly) Schuhow of Bellingham; Lisa (Steve) Kerzman of Ferndale; and Melinda (Chad) Bergman of Bellingham, and their families. Bud was preceded in death by his parents, older brother Del, his wife Norma Jean, and son Greg. In lieu of flowers, please send a donation to: Washington Old Time Fiddlers Association, John Smith, 119 Vista Del Mar St. Camano Island, WA 98282 Services and a Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 at: Moles Farewell Tributes, 2039 Main St. Ferndale, WA 98248 Please share memories at www.molesfarewelltributes.com
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Moles Farewell Tributes - Ferndale
2039 Main Street
Ferndale, WA 98248
Published in Bellingham Herald on Apr. 17, 2016