Bud was born January 18, 1930 and passed away on October 20, 2023 with family at his side. He was a man of integrity, a gentle man, a man who loved his family deeply, and man who worked hard but knew how to have fun. He will be missed greatly. Bud was born and raised in Seattle, moving to Kenmore, Mill Creek and Bothell, always staying close to his roots. Most of Bud’s career was at Plywood Supply in Kenmore. He started there as a truck driver when it was a very small company and worked his way up to Vice-President before retiring. He loved watching the company grow and made lifetime friends with many of the personnel there. After retiring, he and Bev travelled extensively, enjoying every single place they visited. He always said that he had no interest in buying property for an investment, only properties that would be enjoyed by all the family and he followed through with his plan. We enjoyed countless family gatherings at Lake Roesiger, Echo Lake, Whidbey Island and Decatur Island, some of which are still owned by family members. On the first of 4 nights he spent in the hospital there were 19 people in his room at one time, he was alert, sitting up and so happy to have all those family members there at one time. He loved family celebrations. Bud was a fighter beyond belief. He spent one year as a child in and out of Children’s Hospital battling osteomyelitis, throughout his life he fought off two bouts of cancer, a heart attack, a stroke, a broken back, open heart surgery and once recovered from each, no one would ever know he had been ill. Throughout all of that he had the most positive attitude a man could possess; he could truly take any bad situation and turn it into something good. He raised his kids with the belief that “this too shall pass” and “always take a bad situation and learn something good from it.” Bud leaves behind his loving partner of 14 years, Ann Bergquist. His children Sandy (Bill) Ekse, Bob (Kat) Askew, Budd (Irene) Askew and Ron (Vicki) Askew. Grandchildren Ericka (Stephen) Thielke, Billy Ekse, Natalie (Justin) Aase, Nicholas (Kayla) Askew, Stevie Askew and Sam Askew. Great grandchildren Clara and Anna Thielke, Tyler and Gracie Ekse, Elijah, Jonah, Ben and Viola Aase, June and Reid Askew. We will all miss him so much. Preceding him in death were his wife, Bev of 56 years, his son, Mick and daughter-in-law Kathy. Dad, while it’s hard to find the “good” in all of this, we do. It’s “good” that we had you in our lives for so many years, it’s “good” that you instilled positivity and confidence in all of us and most importantly it’s SO “good” that we got to have one of the best Dad’s the world has to offer, we will love you forever and ever!
A Celebration of Life will be held on January 21st at 3:00 at the Kenmore Community Center. Donations in Bud’s honor can be made to Seattle Children’s Hospital at “give.seattlechildrens.org” or a charity of your choice.