Raynor D. "Bud" Moe, 86, of Marshall died on Tuesday, March 30, 2021 at the Marshall Nursing and Rehabilitation Community surrounded by family. Bud was born on December 26, 1934 in Parma to Raynor and Myrla (Gillett) Moe. He attended Parma Schools. Bud began working as a driver and a sales representative for the Schaffer Bakery in Jackson. In 1954, he joined the United States Air Force and was assigned to the Strategic Air Command (SAC) under Col. Curtis E. Lemay in Africa. While in the Air Force Bud was assigned as an aircraft mechanic, and he also earned his GED. On December 23, 1955, he married Viola Evans, together they had four children. Their marriage would later end. After Bud was honorably discharged from the Air Force, he held various positions. He went back to work for Schaffer Bakery, and later was a truck driver for Frito Lay Inc., and for the Jackson Candy and Tobacco Company, he was also a disc jockey at WJCO Country Radio Station in Jackson and served as a Jackson County Sheriff Deputy. On July 2, 1969, he married Joanne Schmidt Stealy in Marshall at the Marshall Wesleyan Church. She preceded him in death on March 21, 2013.
During his marriage to Joanne in 1969, they started Bud's Wrecker Service in Marshall. Bud and his family operated the Wrecker & Service Garage on West Michigan Avenue, along with the local Branch of the Secretary of State. After selling the wrecker service in 1981, Bud continued to help his wife and son Junior on the family farm in Marshall Township and continued to drive semi-trucks. Bud was an active member of the Marshall Community, volunteering and helping to organize many events. In 1973, he was one of eight people to start the Calhoun County Sheriff's Posse and he remained active for many years. Bud also served as a Marshall Township firefighter for 20 years. He would continue his service to the community through involvement with the Calhoun County Agriculture Industrial Society. While with the CCAIS, he served on the Fair Board for several years, and was instrumental in organizing the Golf Cart Transportation Assistance Program for patrons of the fair. During the Calhoun County Fair, Bud and Joanne were a familiar sight. In 2019, he was honored by the Calhoun County Fair Board with the designation of Bud's Four Corners, marked by a woodcarving of an ear of corn. Bud was involved with Fredonia Grange, Marshall Lions Club, McDonald's Coffee Club, and Marshall Township to name a few. He also produced local country music shows with his wife Joanne. Bud became friends with several different classic country singers, and he and Joanne would travel to the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville multiple times per year. He would set up his motor home with the singers of the Grand Ole Opry, never paying to watch a performance. Bud loved being a disc jockey and was on WIN 98.5, playing classic country after Hymntime Country Style with Jimmy C, on Sunday mornings. One day his boss came in and told Bud the music is to classic and old. On his last day, he signed off playing one of his favorites, Johnny Paycheck "Take this Job and Shovel It!" and walked out the door. Bud was no stranger to anyone and he was loved by many.
He is survived by his children: Kim Hess, Sherry Moe, Timothy (Cindy) Stealy, Steve (Bonnie) Moe, Susan (Jack) Leffew, Scott (Danette) Moe and Junior (Connie) Stealy; twenty-four grandchildren, fifty great-grandchildren, eight great-great-grandchildren, and nephews; Ronald (Nina) Krugman and Carl (Nancy) Moe;. He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Joanne; son James Stealy; siblings, EllaRae Wakenhut and L.D. Moe and nephew Darryl Krugman.
Visitation will take place on Wednesday April 7, 2021 from 3:00-8:00 PM at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Funeral services celebrating his life will take place at 1:30 PM on Thursday April 8, 2021 at the Kempf Family Funeral and Cremation Services, 723 US Hwy 27 N, Marshall, MI 49068. Interment will follow at Hotchkiss Cemetery. Memorial contributions are requested to Marshall Lions Club or to the American Legion Marshall Post 79. Memorial contributions may be mailed to the Kempf Funeral Home, PO Box 519, Marshall MI 49068 for delivery to the charity. You may leave a personal message for the family, sign the online guestbook and watch the funeral service at https://www.kempffuneralhome.com
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Marshall Lions Club
PO Box 231, Marshall MI 49068
American Legion Post 79
P.O. Box 517, Marshall MI 49068