George Franklin "Bud" Petry Jr., 81, of New Windsor, died Monday, March 17, 2008 at Carroll Hospital Center.
Born Oct. 25, 1926 in New Windsor, he was the son of the late George F. Sr. and Marie Haines Petry. He was the husband of Carolyn M. Petry, his wife of 50 years.
Mr. Petry served in the U.S. Navy from 1944 to 1947, during World War II, seeing action in the Pacific Theater. Prior to entering the service he delivered ice and newspapers and worked on local farms. After returning home from the war, he was a milk truck driver for 40 years, retiring in 1999 and then worked at Babylon Vault Company, New Windsor.
Bud was an active charter member of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company for 60 years, serving in numerous capacities from nozzleman through line officer, including president for 16 years and chief for four years. He was also a member of VFW Post 8806, Union Bridge, and Hesson-Snider American Legion Post, Taneytown.
He was of the Methodist faith. He enjoyed blue grass music, camping and spending time with his grandchildren.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters and sons-in-law, Kathy and Bill Christoffersen of Edmonds, Wash., Linda C. and Gene Grabill of Hanover, Pa., Susan L. Wetzel of Union Bridge; two sons and daughters-in-law, Terry L. and Vicki Petry of New Windsor, Buddy and Marisa Petry of Hanover, Pa.; 13 grandchildren, Dale A. and Scott Lowman, Jennifer Clinton, Chad, Kyle and Seth Petry, Amanda Groft, Phillip Duerr, Keirsten and R.J. Wetzel, Colton B. and Madison Petry, Adam Christoffersen; eight great-grandchildren, Abigail Lowman, Michael Lowman, Griffin, Marshall and Davis Lowman, Morgan R. Wagner, Leigha and Colby Petry; sister, Mary Darr of Bonneauville, Pa.; brother, Harold Petry of New Windsor; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kaylinn Petry in 2002.
A fire department funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, March 21, in the Apparatus Bay of the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Dept, with the Rev. Tim Webster, pastor of Uniontown Bible Church, officiating.
Interment will be in Winters Cemetery, New Windsor. The family will receive friends at the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Dept. from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. until service time Friday.
Memorial contributions may be made to the New Windsor Volunteer Fire Company, P.O. Box 247, New Windsor, MD 21776. Expressions of sympathy may be made to the family at www.hartzlerfuneralhome.com
Published by The Frederick News-Post on Mar. 19, 2008.