Ronald (Ron) J. Budkis, 72, of Gladstone, died of natural causes (non-Covid) at his home on Sunday, December 6, 2020.
Ron was born December 13, 1947, in Escanaba, the son of Walter and Elsie (Delveaux) Budkis.
Ron was united in marriage to Linda Lampi on December 5, 1970. The couple celebrated 50 loving years together.
Ron was a 1966 graduate of Gladstone High School. In 1968, Ron was called to duty and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army with B Troop 2nd Cavalry Regiment, Screaming Eagles 101st Airborne, earning the National Defense Service Medal, Purple Heart, Sharpshooter (rifle), Vietnam Service Medal with four Bronze Service Stars, Combat Infantryman Badge, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal. Ron’s days spent serving his country in Vietnam both fulfilled him and haunted him as he struggled often with his memories of those who were left behind. Some of his best friendships were formed with fellow Vietnam Vets.
From 1969 to his retirement in 2006, Ron was employed at Mead Paper in Escanaba with the majority of his employment spent in the kraft mill.
Ron was a long time member of the Terrace Bluff Golf Club, hitting a hole in one on #7 in 2017. His many early decades spent hunting deer more recently turned into an appreciation of just feeding and watching them as they congregated in the backyard of his wooded Flat Rock homestead which, in 1970, he and Linda built adjacent to his childhood home where he was born and raised.
Ron was a member of the NRA and the DAV, and a proud supporter of President Donald J. Trump.
In addition to his loving wife, Linda, Ron is survived by their two daughters, Heather (Mark) Bruss of Carefree, AZ, and Jessica Budkis of Escanaba, MI; brother Andrew (Winifred) Budkis of Rapid River, MI; sister Linda Weddig of Escanaba, MI; grandchildren: Morgan Wastell, Rhys Wastell, Samuel Gallagher, Wyatt Gallagher, and Sydney Gallagher; nieces and nephews: Lori (Mario) Colunga, Andrea (Steve) Christian, Mike Budkis, Renee Budkis, Tracy (Jay) Bryan, and Nichole (Paul) Webber.
Ron was preceded in death by his parents and his nephew James Budkis.
Socially distanced and fully masked services will be held at 3-5 p.m. on Friday, December 11, 2020, at Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County in Gladstone. The Gladstone American Legion Post 71 will be presenting military honors at 5:00 PM.
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