Age 83, of Hanover Township, passed away Friday, January 29, 2021, at the MediLodge of Marshall. He is survived by his wife of 31 years, Lee (Lela Collard-Stevens); five children, Colleen (Andy) Olney, Deb (Dave) Roedema, Dan Collard II, Pat (Bill) Vogt and John Collard; thirteen grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; brothers and sisters-in-laws, and many great friends. He was preceded in death by two children, Kip and Kim Stevens; grandson, William; sister, Mary Wilhelm; brothers, Henry, John, Glen and Richard Stevens and his parents, Henry L. and Thelma V. (maiden Culver) Stevens. Bud proudly served in the US Army, retiring after 23 years as a Sgt. First Class (E-7) 101st Airborne. While recovering from wounds received in the line of duty during a one year stay at Walter Reed Hospital, his artistic gifts were discovered. He subsequently served contributing artwork to the Fort Monroe Army Museum (Virginia) for the 1976 Bicentennial, the Fort Campbell Army Museum (Kentucky) and Fort Hood Army Museum (Texas). He was a member of the Palmetto Florida American Legion Post 309 and The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2488. After retirement, he worked as a substitute teacher and pursued his passion of reading History books, especially those about the Civil War. He also was a former boxer and enjoyed classic cars. Bud has been cremated and no services are scheduled at this time. In the spring of 2021, he will be interred with full Military Honors (by the Jackson County American Legion Ritual Team) at Horton Cemetery. This will be open to the public and published in this forum. His family wishes to thank the staff at MediLodge of Marshall for their care of our loved one. One of Bud’s favorite sayings was “Glad you got to see me”.
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