Donald ‘Bud’ Banbury
PERRYSVILLE — Donald D. “Bud” Banbury, 83, of Township Road 2606, Perrysville, died Wednesday morning, June 25, 2008, in MedCentral Mansfield Hospital, following a short illness.
He was born May 17, 1925, in Danville to Odene and Ona Belle (Brown) Banbury, and was graduated from Danville High School. A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, Donald served in the European Theater on Iceland. On July 10, 1948, he married Bertha B. (White) Banbury, his loving wife of nearly 60 years, and together they spent most of their lives in the Bellville area.
Donald worked 40 years as a service man for The Ohio Power Co. in the Bellville, Lexington and Ontario areas. He retired from the Mount Vernon office, Newark Division, in 1987.
A member of National Family Campers, Donald and Bertha were lifelong camping enthusiasts. Donald enjoyed being away from the telephone, doing a little fishing, visiting flea markets, fiddle around on his gray Ford tractor or puttering around on a building project for the family. He was a member of Bellville United Methodist Church.
Donald loved to be surrounded by his family, and follow the antics of his poodle Misty and cockatiel Billy.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Brenda and Stan Welcel of Perrysville; son and daughter-in-law, Donald D. and Janet Banbury of Mount Vernon; grandchildren, Denise Kirk of Bellville, Brett Banbury of Mansfield, Michelle Yost of Brandon and Ashley Banbury of Mount Vernon; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Sellers of Mount Vernon and Jean Reed of Englewood, Fla.; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Patty and John Groseclose of Danville; sister-in-law, Kay Banbury of Danville; brother-in-law, Harold White of Utica; sister-in-law, Eva White of Lebanon, Mo.; numerous nieces and nephews; cherished family friend, Deb Robinson of Bellville; and lifelong camping co-horts, Jean Dill and Louise Smith, both of Bellville.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Bertha Banbury, on May 19, 2007; his son, Charles Lee “Chuck” Banbury, on Nov. 4, 1990; a granddaughter, Chipsy Lee Ena Banbury; sister and brother-in-law, Virginia and Paul Snively; brothers-in-law, William White, George Reed, Ed Banbury and Meryl Sellers; a sister-in-law, Joyce White; and a half brother and his wife, Werden and Virginia Banbury.
The family will receive friends Friday, June 27, from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Bellville Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. Chaplain Tim Storms will officiate. Burial will follow in Wesley Chapel Cemetery, Danville, where Perrysville Post 8586 VFW and Loudonville Post 257 American Legion will hold graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions to Ronald McDonald House, Akron, may be made at the funeral home. Online condolences may be made to the Banbury Family by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.