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Bud Wheat passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 2, 2013 at the age of 88.
Bud leaves behind his beloved wife of 65 years, Ethyl. In addition, one son; four grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.
He was born in Seattle, WA and attended Ballard High School.
He was no stranger to hard work and principle. He valiantly served his country in the military and earned a reputation of loyalty and fairness for 40 years as head claims adjuster at Safeco. He was always quick to lend a helping hand to those around him in need.
Bud's commitment to his family, friends and occupation was rare. He honored his wife by remaining at her side with tender care during her struggles of poor health and disorientation. His peers and co-workers respected him for his sound judgment and no-nonsense attitude. If Bud Wheat shook your hand, it meant something. His word held merit and it's worth was as valuable as any signed contract. He was a reliable man whose integrity had more significance than earning a buck at the expense of another. His family, friends, and this country will deeply miss Bud Wheat. His mark and legacy has been branded on his family and the lives of many people.This impact will continue to resound on earth for years to come. Thank you Bud for demonstrating for so many what being a "man" should look like.
Bud also participated as a Shriner for more than 50 years.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, 911 W. 5th Ave. Spokane, WA 99204.
A celebration of Bud's life will be held on March 16, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. at the Edmonds Conference Center, 201 4th Ave. N., Edmonds, WA 98020.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from Mar. 10 to Mar. 13, 2013