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James A. “Bud’’ Roberts

AVON-James Alfred “Bud’’ Roberts, 84, Avon, formerly of Buda, died April 6, 2009.

He was born June 17, 1924, in Buda, the son of Allie (Gutshall) Roberts and Ralph Roberts.

He is survived by six children, Dennis (Diana Renner) Roberts, Lancaster, Pa., Kay (Gary) Fulkerson, Jacksonville, Patti (Sean) Moynihan, Princeton, Susan (Bob) Johnson, Buda, Daniel (Cindy Dirks) Roberts and Judi (Rick) Torricelli, Ft. Myers, Fla.; one brother, Robert “Bob” Roberts, Venice, Fla.; six sisters, Doris Jane Woods, Ocala, Fla., Mildred “Bea” Martin, Noblesville, Ind., Roberta Grafton, Crown Point, Ind., Lois Arnold and Effie JoAnn Gerard, both of Buda, and Ruth Hobrock, Princeton; eleven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchilden; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, three brothers, Fred, William Arthur and Richard, one sister, Phyllis Ann Marchello, one granddaughter, Amy Roberts Holler, and great-granddaughter, Zoe Porter.

Jim was a veteran of World War II. He was drafted in the army Air Corps in April 1944 and did his basic training at Chanute AFB in Rantoul. He was a flight engineer and top turret gunner in a B-24 bomber. He was stationed near Ipswich, England, and flew in 54 successful missions earning a Purple Heart and four campaign ribbons. Jim was a 50-year member of the Buda American Legion 261.

He worked in the trucking business in the LaSalle-Peru and Hennepin area. He was truck owner-operator for most of his life hauling everything from cattle to canned goods to beer, cars (Nash Rambler), steel and mail.

He grew up in the depression so he had a great ability to fix things and to know their value. This led to a lifetime of collecting and he traveled widely on the flea market circuit in his retirement years.

Services were held Friday, April 10, 2009, at the Grant-Johnson Funeral Home in Buda with the Rev. Marvin Claassen officiating.

Inurnment was in in the Hopeland Cemetery, Buda. Military rites were accorded by Buda American Legion 261.

Memorials may be directed to the Avon Nursing Home, 1790 23rd Ave., Avon, IL 61415 and Hopeland Cemetery, Buda.

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