Marion E. “Bud” Lazelle Jr.

July 30, 1925 ‒ June 11, 2018

Delaware, Ohio

Marion E. “Bud” Lazelle Jr., age 92 of Delaware passed away Monday, June 11, 2018 at his residence.

He was born in Franklin County on July 30, 1925 to the late Marion E. Lazelle Sr. and Della A. (Holly) Lazelle. After finishing school in Powell, Bud joined the US Navy in 1943, proudly serving his Country during WW II in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign and during the occupation and restoration of Japan. A member of The Greatest Generation, perhaps former Secretary of the Navy, James Forrestal expressed it best: “No other Navy at any time has done so much. For your part in these achievements you deserve to be proud as long as you live. The Nation which you served at a time of crisis will remember you with gratitude”.

Returning home he attended Bliss Business College and then worked at Ranco as a group leader for 36 years until his retirement in 1985. He enjoyed woodworking, gardening, and winters spent in the Cape Coral area of Florida. He was a lifetime member of VFW Post 3320, Marysville. Bud will be remembered as a proud soft spoken simple man.

He is survived by his brother Larry Lazelle of Florida and several nephews, nieces, and extended family.

Bud now joins his late beloved wife of 57 years: Esther (Wilt) who died in 2012.

In keeping with his wishes services will be held privately at Oak Grove Cemetery with military honors provided by the Delaware County Veterans Association. Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to serve this Veteran.

Memorial contributions can be made to Salvation Army, 340 Lake St., Delaware, Ohio 43015.

Condolences may be expressed at

  • To the family: Sorry for your loss. I remember when they use to come up to Cardington and visit my Grandpa Frank Wilt. Erma would come along with Esther too.

  • Bud and Esther were our neighbors for several years when we lived in Delaware. They were the first to welcome us to our new home and we have many fond memories of playing cards, sharing meals and fresh-baked cookies and breads, and the beautiful wood crafts that Bud made and Esther lovingly painted as Christmas gifts (a wooden dowel “hot pad” still graces the table in our breakfast nook). We will cherish these memories and miss this special couple who touched our lives. Our sincere condolences to the family.

  • Larry, so sorry to learn of the loss of your brother, We saw the obituary in the Gazette. I know that he will be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Pat Walker and Bill (Junior) Loop

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