Aughey, Edward R. "Bud"
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Edward "Bud" Aughey, age 91, passed away peacefully on December 13, 2013 at Harmony Assisted Care Center in Wisconsin Rapids, where he had resided for the past year.
The family will greet relatives and friends on Tuesday, December 17, at S.S. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Wisconsin Rapids, from 9:30 am to 11:00 am with a mass to follow. The Rev. Jim Altman will officiate. Bud's final resting place will be the Forest Hill Mausoleum with military rites provided by the Wisconsin Rapids American Legion, Post #9.
Bud was born January 11, 1922 in LaCrosse, Wisconsin to Raymond and Catherine (Nordengren) Aughey. He married Dorothy Zieher on November 18, 1942, in Pittsville and they were blessed with four daughters and 59 beautiful years of marriage.
Bud started his employment with Consolidated Papers in 1940. He left for the Air Force Cadet Academy in San Antonio, Texas in March of 1943 and earned his wings as a Fighter Pilot on January 7, 1944. Soon after, he became a combat Pilot instructor at Thomasville, Georgia. On a weeks leave, Bud flew home from Tallahassee, Florida. Excited to be home, he flew over Wisconsin Rapids and under the old Grand Avenue bridge, before landing in Stevens Point at a hanger where family and friends had gathered. Later a poem was written as an ode to the bridge that would mention this "daring pilot."
In October 1945, after the war, Bud returned to Consolidated Papers and worked on all the paper machines in the Biron Division, later becoming Paper Machine Superintendent. He retired in February, 1982 with over 40 years of employment.
After the death of his wife Dorothy in 2001, Bud married Beverly Reimer in 2005. Bev was a wonderful neighbor and friend, and the two of them enjoyed a camaraderie of love and laughter until his passing.
Bud was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Eagles, U.C.T., American Legion, and the River Valley Flyers Airplane Club (where he continued his love of flying, but at a much safer height.) He was assistant Fire Chief of the Biron Fire Department for many years, and was the Biron Village Clerk for 14 years. He also enjoyed golf and was an avid hunter and fisherman. His love of life, caring ways, sense of humor, and piloting stories will always be remembered. Just this Thanksgiving we learned there's not a bridge on the Rio Grande he hasn't flown under.
Bud is survived by his wife Beverly Reimer, Biron. Daughters Cathy Timm, Jackie (Jerry) Tischendorf, Jan Hegg (special friend Jim Wanta) and Pam Aughey (Jerry Gebert), all of Wisconsin Rapids. Eight Grandchildren, Mark Bires (Pauline), Wisconsin Dells, Becky Koutnik, DePere, Amy Sue (Jeff) Coulthurst, Wisconsin Rapids, Mike (Kim) Timm, Mequon, Scott (Tina) Timm, DeForest, Eric (Amanda) Hegg, Wisconsin Rapids, Lisa (Harley) Hague, LaCrosse, Mindy (Imraz) Hegg, Fiji. Nine great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. He is also survived by his youngest sister, Patricia (James) Ebsen, Milwaukee, sister-in-law, Vi Aughey, and brother-in-law, Chet Joosten.
He is further survived by his wife Bev's children, Jim (Colleen), Jerry (Linda), John (Julie), Joel (Leah), Joann (Orv), and her many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Dorothy, his sisters, Beverly Boyarski and MaryAnn Joosten, and two infant brothers.
The family would like to express their sincere thanks and gratitude to the staff at Harmony Assisted Care Center and the girls and Chaplain from Aspirus Hospice. Thanks for treating Bud with the care and dignity he so deserved. Thanks also for your tenderness, compassion and expertise through this exhausting process. So many times he spoke of how much he cared and appreciated the staff. God bless you all.
Bud's journey and final days were surrounded with love from his family. Rest in peace Bud, Dad, Grandpa. You're forever in our hearts.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be designated to SS Peter and Paul Church.
Ritchay funeral home in Wisconsin Rapids is assisting the family.
RITCHAY FUNERAL HOME
1950 12TH ST SOUTH Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54495-0847
Published in Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune from Dec. 15 to Dec. 16, 2013