Verlyn Rodenbaugh

Verlyn Rodenbaugh, better known as "Bud," was born Aug. 23, 1926, at Almena, Kan., and departed this life March 12, 2008, for a better place.

Bud joined his earthly family on the family farm. He was the youngest child of John and Alta Rodenbaugh, and the brother of John R. (Dick) Rodenbaugh and Marie (Rodenbaugh) Winchell. He attended school in Almena and graduated from ARHS in 1943. He enlisted in the Army in 1944 and served in the infantry during the waning months of World War II and was part of the post-war occupation in Europe.

After his military service, Bud returned to Kansas. His high school sweetheart, Carlene Stormes, had moved to Oregon with her parents, and Bud went to Oregon to "rescue" her. They were married Jan. 16, 1948, in Eureka, Calif., on their way home to Kansas, where they engaged in farming and had their children: Becky (Hughes), Sue (Smith), Johnny, Pat and Tod. In 1969, they then moved to Kingman in search of a warmer climate.

While in Almena, Bud was a member of the Congregational Church, served on the school board and was a member of the Paul Linnell Post of the American Legion.

He took part in the Jaycee BB gun program as coach, taking his shooters to several firsts in the state shoots and three first-place wins in the national contest. After moving to Kingman, Bud was employed by General Cable Corporation as a supervisor for many of his 27 years there, retiring in 1996.

Bud is survived by his life's love Carlene; his daughters, Becky (Dusty) Hughes of Washington state and Sue (Russel) Smith of Kingman; two sons, Pat (Gwen) Rodenbaugh of Wyoming and Tod (Jill) Rodenbaugh of Mesa.

He enjoyed being with his 11 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren and was always there for his kids if they needed help and guidance.

His parents, brother and sister, son Johnny and three grandchildren, Alicia, Joshua and Shanna, were waiting with Jesus to greet him in glory.

Probably his favorite, the song by Roy Acuff "The Great Speckled Bird," was sung on his arrival.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations to KRMC Hospice.

As Bud gave of himself in this life, he requested to continue his giving to science to help his fellow man.

A memorial service celebrating Bud's life will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 19, at St. John's United Methodist Church in Kingman.

Burial will be at the family plot in Mount Hope Cemetery in Almena, Kan., at a later date.