WHITE PIGEON – Wilbur “Bud” E. Allison, 82, of White Pigeon, died on Tuesday, July 3, 2001, at Thurston Woods Village in Sturgis.
He was born on Dec. 13, 1918, in Bedford, the son of Earl D. and Maude M. (Gray) Allison. On July 17, 1944, in Marshall, he married Bonnie Jeanne Cole, who preceded him in death on Nov. 22, 1997.
Bud was honored as White Pigeon Citizen of The Year in 1993. He was a graduate of Battle Creek Central High School in 1937. Bud was a veteran of World War II, serving with the U.S. Marines in the Pacific Theater of Action. He was a corporal with the 4th Marine Raider Battalion. He was a White Pigeon resident since 1965. While serving with the Michigan State Police for over 30 years, he was stationed in Traverse City from 1956 to 1965 and in White Pigeon from 1946 to 1956, and in 1965 until his retirement in 1973. Bud served at the Traverse City and White Pigeon Post during his career. He worked his way up through the ranks and retired in 1973 as post commander of the White Pigeon Post. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church in White Pigeon. He was also a member and post commander of the Swartz-VanFleet Post #138 American Legion, Blue-Burdick Post #4896 Veterans of Foreign Wars, member and past president of the Lions Club and the Liars Club, all of White Pigeon.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Mrs. Kim (Mary Ann) Hooper of Temperence; son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Laurie Allison of Mancelona; five grandchildren, Dylan, Christa and Katie Allison, and Jeffrey and Allison Hopper; one niece, Barbara Remaley; and one nephew, Earl Allison.
He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; and one brother, John Allison.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday at Farrand Funeral Home in White Pigeon at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Cathy L. Stilwell and the Rev. Wilbur Brandli officiating. Burial will be in the White Pigeon Township Cemetery. Full Military Rites by the Swartz-VanFleet Post #138 American Legion will be at the graveside. Visitation will be held on Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. and on Saturday from 10 to 11 a.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to the First Presbyterian Church of White Pigeon or the American Cancer Society. Envelopes are available at the funeral home.