Irvin C. “Bud” Lawhead

August 18, 1931 ‒ June 19, 2021

Marion, Ohio

Irvin C. “Bud” Lawhead was born August 18, 1931 to Curtis and Sophia Lawhead in Pittsburgh, Pa. Irvin graduated from Oliver High School in 1950 then enlisted in the U.S. Navy where he served 4 years during the Korean conflict. He was united in marriage to Ellen (Tasker) on February 28, 1955.

After being honorably discharged from the Navy he studied Technical Illustration & Drafting in Pittsburgh before moving to Columbus, Ohio where he was employed by North American Aviation. In 1957, he moved to Marion, Ohio where he worked for Dresser Industries as a Technical/Writer/Illustrator for 29 years before retiring. In 1989, he went to work for Mark K, Inc. of Findlay, Ohio where he sold advertising specialties for nearly 30 years.

Bud and his wife Ellen were active in the Children’s Foster Care Program, having taken in 29 foster children. Bud helped organize Camp Help, to help handicapped children, was member of the Moose Lodge, the American Legion, the VFW, the Sales Adclub and the Y-Men Service organization where he served as treasurer for 15 years. A highlight in Bud’s life was in 2013 when he visited Washington D.C. with the Honor Flight for veterans. He also enjoyed golf, building ramps & selling Christmas trees with the Y-Men, traveling and spending time with his family.

In 1985 Irvin married Leta McNeil in the Emanuel Lutheran Church.

Bud is survived by his wife Leta, one daughter, Bonnie (Ken) Berry and 4 step-children: Linda (Carl) Voellmecke, Dan (Stephanie) McNeil, Don (Lisa) McNeil, Diane (Greg) Stutz, 12 grandchildren and 10 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by Ellen, his son Dale, daughter-in-law Patricia and his son Samuel.

Visitation will be held at Emanuel Lutheran Church, 241 South Prospect Street Marion, Ohio on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 11 AM- 12PM, the funeral service to follow at 12PM; burial will be in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, Y-Men Service Organization or the Cat Sanctuary.

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