Wilbur "Bud" Cecil Leavell
Passed away on Monday, June 18, 2012 in Westerville, Ohio, where he resided. Bud is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann (Cain) Leavell and their seven children, Marcia (Franklin) Laning of Dayton, OH, Shirley (Gregory) McPherson of Westerville, OH, Lawrence (Helen) Leavell of Lake Forest, CA, Steven (Irene) Leavell of Hope Mills, NC, M. Suzy (David) Peters of Anchorage, AK, Elisa (Charles) McPherson of Muncie, IN and George Leavell (fiancee, Penny Weaver) of San Jose, CA. He is also survived by brother, Donald (Peggy) Leavell of Roswell, NM; 23 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Bud was born on May 8, 1928 in Montgomery, AL, to Wilbur C. Leavell and Annie Mae Pugh Leavell. Bud lived most of his life in Indianapolis, where he graduated from Arsenal Technical High School and married Ruth Ann Cain in 1948. Subsequently, Bud worked 22 years for Eli Lilly & Co. as a printer supporting Ruth Ann and their seven children. After retiring from Lilly, he worked in the printing trade in Indianapolis for several different companies including the Printing Company of Indiana, of which he was part owner. Bud and Ruth Ann relocated to Garden Grove, California in 1987, where they owned and operated Garden Grove Printing until their retirement in 1995. Following retirement, Bud and Ruth Ann then settled in Dayton, OH moving to Westerville in 2002, where they have since resided.
Bud was preceded in death by his three sisters, Ruth Campbell, Wilma Leach and Nancy Abbott and by two grandchildren, Michael Peters and Elizabeth McPherson.
Bud and Ruth Ann loved to travel, motorcycling across the country or travelling in their Ford pick-up, pulling a "fifth wheel" camper. During their lifetime together, they visited 49 of the 50 states, missing only Hawaii and were proud of having seen every national park in the lower 48. Bud and Ruth Ann also travelled to Canada and to the Philippines. Bud was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (Mormon) 307 Huber Village Blvd. Westerville, where a celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 23. The family will receive callers from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday evening, June 22 at Long's Funeral Home, 5528 Cleveland Ave., Columbus, OH 43231 and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday morning at the church.