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John R. "Jack" Budz

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass. -- John R. “Jack” Budz, 93, of Saulnier Drive, Williamstown, died Tuesday morning, March 8, 2005, at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington, Vt.

He was born in Housatonic on Feb. 26, 1912, a son of the late Andrew Budz and Mary (Korkos) Budz. He attended schools in Housatonic and graduated from the former Searles High School. Mr. Budz then graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a mechanical engineering degree in 1935. He also graduated from the Dale Carnegie Public Speaking & Human Relations Course.

He was a veteran of WWII, serving with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific theatre of operations as a lieutenant, and was decorated with the American Theater Medal, Asiatic Pacific Medal and the Victory Medal.

Mr. Budz had several years of employment in mechanical design and general plant engineering at several companies, including Armstrong Cork Co. in Lancaster, Pa., Manhatten Rubber Co. in Passaic, N.J. and Clover Manufacturing Co. in Norwalk, Conn. He then was employed as a sales engineer for Cambridge Co. in Lowell, a division of Carrier Corp., for several years. He was last employed for 35 years at the former James Hunter Machine Co. in North Adams as a sales engineer.

He was a longtime communicant of Sts. Patrick & Raphael Parish in Williamstown. He was a member of the Frank R. Stiles Post No. 125 American Legion in North Adams. He was a former member of the Williamstown Lions Club. He was a member of the Williams College Quarterback Club and Williams College Faculty Club and Panther. He was an avid golfer and was a longtime member of the Taconic Golf Club in Williamstown.

Survivors include his wife of 61 years, Lillian Rose (Gaenzle) Budz, formerly of Lancaster, Pa., whom he married Sept. 11, 1943 in Amarillo, Texas; two daughters, Carol Ann Blanchard of Austin, Texas and Diane Louise “Dede” Budz of Williamstown; several nieces, nephews including Dr. Andrew B. Budz of Williamstown, Edward K. Budz and Deborah Ann Budz-O’NeiI of Bow, N.H.; grandnieces and grandnephews. He was predeceased by three brothers, Dr. Chester Budz who died in 1998, Col. Andrew Budz, retired U.S. Army, who died in 1992, Edward Budz who died in the South Pacific during WWII, Anna Martin who died in 1991 and Louise Mulhall who died in 1992.

The family of John R. Budz acknowledges with grateful appreciation the staff at the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington for their loving care and support during Mr. Budz’s stay.

A liturgy of Christian burial for John R. “Jack” Budz will be celebrated Saturday morning at 10 a.m. at St. Patrick’s Church, Williamstown. Burial with military honors will follow in the family plot in Eastlawn Cemetery, Williamstown. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are suggested for St. Patrick’s Church Food Pantry through the Flynn & Dagnoli-Montagna Home for Funerals, West Chapels, 521 West Main St., North Adams.

Dudley P. Griffis Jr.

MANCHESTER -- Dudley P. Griffis Jr., 71, of Cass Terrace in Manchester, died Tuesday, March 8, 2005, at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center in Bennington. Funeral arrangements are pending and a full obituary will appear in a future edition.

Arrangements are under the care of Brewster Funeral Service, 34 Park Place, Manchester Center.
Published in Bennington Banner on Mar. 9, 2005
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