IVES, ROBERT P. "BUD"
of Kalamazoo, Michigan
Robert "Bud" Ives, age 99, passed away on August 5, 2019 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Bud was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan on January 21, 1920, the son of the late Fred and Lottie Ives. He grew up with his two older sisters Aileen (VanTichelt), Helen (Bradshaw) and younger brother Fred in the Vine Street Neighborhood.
At an early age he became interested in learning how to play the drums. By the 3rd grade, he was asked to participate in a school concert with much older students. His love of music stayed with him his entire life. Bud's childhood ambition was to be a drum major and wear "one of those big hats", which he did in High School at Kalamazoo Central.
He had been twirling the chrome plated stick around since he was 15. In 1939 he hitched a ride to Lansing to watch the State Baton Twirlers Tournament, Friends urged him to compete. Bud entered and was chosen the winner. He also took third place in the Nationals in 1939. After retiring from active participation, Bud taught over 300 students how to twirl the baton.
His only leave of teaching was a four-year tour of duty in the Army Tank Corp. At the age of 22, Bud enlisted in the Army. During World War II, he served in the 5th Armored Division, Tank Corp. (Patton's Ghosts), 85th Cav Rcn Sq MECZ. Battles and campaigns included: Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
After returning from the war, he met Jean Leng. They were married on June 1, 1946 in Kalamazoo, Michigan and were married 41 years until her death in 1987.
Bud was employed by The Upjohn Company for 34 years from 1948 until 1982, where he retired as Department Head for the Paint Shop.
After the death of their spouses, Bud fell in love with Ethel McGregor and they have been together for almost 30 years. They enjoyed retirement life both in Kalamazoo, Michigan as well as Englewood, Florida.
Surviving are his best friend and special love Ethel McGregor, his daughter JoAnn Nosworthy (Roger), granddaughter Alicia George (Evelyn Hollenshead), several nieces and nephews: Rick Ives (Maureen), David Ives (Mary), Sue Ives Harrison (Paul), Tim Ives. His extended McGregor family, Robert McGregor (Nancy), Suzanne Dean (Lloyd), Diane Matani (Sam), Laurie Buckwell (Steve), grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Family was a very important part of Bud's life and he took great joy in becoming a grandfather when his granddaughter Alicia was born.
Bud was well known in the Westwood Neighborhood where he lived for over 60 years. He was a member of several "coffee clubs" throughout the years and developed many close friendships. Bud was a member of the Elks Club, VFW, Eagles and several golf leagues.
He was known for his quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. His love of people and his outgoing personality continued throughout his life. He will be dearly missed.
They say it is not the years in your life that count. It is the life in your years. Bud had both.
In accordance with Bud's wishes cremation has taken place. A Memorial Gathering to Celebrate Bud's Life will be held from 5:00 to 7:00pm on Monday, August 12th at the Langeland Family Funeral Homes Burial & Cremation Services, 3926 South 9th Street, Kalamazoo. A private burial will be held in Mt. Ever-Rest Memorial Park South.
Memorials in Bud's memory may be directed to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA, 01061-0515. To leave a condolence, sign the guest book or for complete obituary, please visit Bud's personalized webpage guestbook at https://www.langelands.com
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American Macular Degeneration Foundation
P.O. Box 515, Northampton MA 01061-0515