Fleming, Elvin Eugene (Bud)

Male 1933 - 2015  (82 years)

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  • Name Fleming, Elvin Eugene (Bud) 
    Born 3 Jan 1933  East Pepin WI Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 8 Feb 2015 

    • Elvin E. Fleming, "Bud", (82), died February 8th, 2015.

      Bud was born in the town of East Pepin, WI on January 3, 1933, the second child and oldest son of the five children of Elvin Gilbert and Matilda Rose (Wyatt) Fleming. He grew up on farms in the Town of Pepin and attended Pepin Public, Lost Creek, and Hicks Valley elementary schools. He received a diploma from Pepin High School in 1951. In 1951 Bud enlisted in, was trained and served as an aircraft mechanic by the U.S. Navy. His shore duty was at Alameda, CA and his sea duty was as a petty officer 2nd class with jet fighter squadron VF-91 aboard the USS Hornet in the western Pacific. Upon discharge from the Navy in 1955, Bud worked as a construction laborer in that summer and with the Korean GI Bill, financed the pursuit of a broad area major in the social sciences with a history emphasis and a physical education-coaching minor at UW-River Falls.

      In partnership with his wife Viva, Bud regarded his family as his greatest accomplishment. Bud and Viva Marie (Hertzfeldt), of Alma, were married in 1956. Four children were born to them: Jon (Mary), Julie (Kraig), Jac (Michelle), and Jayne (Dan).

      Viva taught at Spring Valley, WI while Bud finished at River Falls. They both
      taught at the Lac du Flambeau, WI public school until 1963 when they accepted contracts to teach in the public schools at Thorp, WI. Bud retired from teaching in 1996 and was drawn into local politics, having earlier served as alderman for two terms on the Thorp City Council. He then served five terms on the Clark County Board and one term on the Thorp School Board.

      While teaching, Bud earned a Master's degree in teaching History at UW-Eau Claire and a private pilot’s license at Gibson Aviation, Eau Claire. Among the avocations Bud enjoyed besides flying were gardening, woodworking, hunting, genealogy and an ongoing study of the history of the English speaking people.

      Along the path of Bud’s life, he appreciated the companionship and sometimes mentoring of a stream of friends from all walks of life, including numerous former students.

      Bud is survived by his wife, Viva; 4 children; 15 grandchildren, Deanna (Nick) Kubiak, Jon Fleming , Traci (Will) Beulow, Dana (Joe) Kaufman, Levi Fleming-Huck, Jessica (Matt) Thorn, Marissa (Kenny) Van Gundy, Adrian Fleming, Megan Wolfe, David Culhane, Travis (Amber) Thorn, Courtney (Kenny) Jones, Cassie Fleming, Jaclyn Fleming, Magda Dick and nine great grandchildren, Phillip, Audrey, Braydon, Lydia, Nina, Chelsea, Emily, Kenny and Anthony; siblings, Mike (Natalie) and Mary "Boots", nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by parents, Elvin and Tilly Fleming, and sisters, Mylis and Rose.

      A time to celebrate his life will be held on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at 4pm at the Abbott Funeral Home in Wabasha with Pastor Dan Richardson officiating. Interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery in Pepin at a later date. Family and friends may call at the funeral home from 2pm until the time of service.
    Person ID I8434  Hougham
    Last Modified 28 Feb 2015 

    Father Fleming, Elvin Gilbert
              b. 13 Jan 1910 
    Mother Wyatt, Matilda Rose
              b. 17 Jan 1910
              d. 2 Sep 2014  (Age 104 years) 
    Married 2 Oct 1928 
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