Delbert Edward (Bud) Lynn
age 92, of 78623 Eva Mae Road, Freeport died at 10:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, 2012 in his home. He was born in Freeport, Harrison County, Ohio on Oct 15, 1920, a son of the late Raymond Zellers Lynn and Mary Alice Nolan Lynn. He attended school in Freeport and completed his education while serving in the United States Army Air Corps. Bud enlisted Feb. 12, 1941 and was trained as a Portable Power Generator Operator at Fort Monmouth, N.J. to support the early stages of radar with re-locatable nodes used as reference points to detect aircraft. He arrived in the Philippines Aug. 1941 and taken prisoner by the Japanese on Bataan Dec. 1941 while setting up his equipment. He walked the Bataan Death March (approximately 80 miles), and was held in the Tarlac and Cabantatwan Prison Camps in the Philippines, and then Fukecoko #3 Prison Camp in Japan for a total of three and a half years. He was discharged in May 1946 as a corporal. He re-entered the Air Force in July 1951 and was medically discharged in Sept. of 1952 as a Sergeant with over six years of honorable service. He received the American Defense Service Ribbon with one Bronze Star; American Theater Ribbon; Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with three Bronze Stars; Philippine Defense Ribbon with one Bronze Star; Distinguished Unit Ribbon; National Defense Service Medal; Philippine Liberation Medal with one Bronze Star; P.O.W. Medal; Good Conduct Medal. Bud worked at the Piedmont Dam as the Assistant Caretaker and retired from the Army Corps of Engineers-Muskingum Watershed Conservancy in 1982 with 30 years of government service. He was a member of the Disabled Veterans, American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor, a Charter member of the former Stillwater Valley Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Flushing Masonic Lodge #298, and the Freeport United Methodist Church. Over the years, he was active in the Elks Lodge #424 in Uhrichsville, Freeport Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Squad, Freeport town council and water board, and served as the Scoutmaster to Troop 273. He also had many different hobbies and interests and was an avid collector of padlocks, lanterns, and so forth.
Surviving is his wife of 58 years, Doris Jean Arnold Lynn. They were married March 6, 1954. Also surviving are a daughter, Brenda McCahill of New Philadelphia; three sons, Raymond (Nancy) Lynn of Fredericksburg, Va., Eric Lynn of Enola, Ark., and Keith Lynn of Freeport; grandchildren, Tammie (Olin) Gordon of Sugarcreek, Chad (Becki) McCahill of Dover, Kevin (Angela) McCahill of Columbus, Elizabeth Shepard of Fredericksburg, Va., Kathryn Lynn of Great Falls, Mont., Dallas Lynn of Freeport and Hannah Lynn of Freeport; three great-grandsons, Carson, Aidan, and Levi. Bud was preceded in death by two sisters, June Silva and Nellie Hutson.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4 in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street, Freeport with Rev. Harry Milligan officiating. Military Services and burial will follow in Greenmont Union Cemetery, Freeport. Visitation will be held in the funeral home from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3. Online condolences may be made on the funeral home's website.
Published in The Times Reporter on Dec. 2, 2012