Logan Bruce "Bud" Whitesell, 88, of Libertyville, passed away at 12:30 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, at Clinton Gardens in Clinton. He was born Dec. 30, 1928, in Libertyville, to Daniel Bruce Whitesell and Urzula Edwards Whitesell.
He was a Korean War veteran of the U.S. Army. Bud was an entrepreneur and inventor. After serving in the military, he was employed with Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Company at Berkley Heights, N.J., during which he assisted with ground breaking work beginning in the early 1960s. He retired as production manager after 18 years of service.
Survivors include his wife of 63 years, Macky Whitesell; four children, Angela Garwood and her husband Steve of Chrisman, Ill., Rich Whitesell and his wife Ruth, Patricia Strole and her husband Steve, and Daniel Bruce Whitesell and his wife Carla, all of Libertyville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and his loving caretaker, Cindy Adams.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Norma; a granddaughter, Ella; a grandson, Travis; five sisters, Pat Rippee, Gene Baker, Carol VanDeVeer, Judy Nordgren, and Nancy Branson; and his best four legged friend, Nala.
Bud was a hard worker. He loved gardening, was an avid fisherman, an awesome story teller and a talented tennis player. He also was a talented musician and enjoyed playing several instruments including the guitar, violin, and mandolin. He enjoyed reading especially Louis L'Amoure western books. He also was a world traveler and enjoyed panning for gold. Most of all he was a very generous man who had a heart of gold and love for his family.
According to his wishes, cremation has been scheduled. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. The family suggests that if friends so desire, memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation in his honor. Care and arrangements have been entrusted to Fitzpatrick Funeral Home.
Published on September 20, 2017