Lt. Col. Wilbur L. 'Bud' Leatherwood, 90, of Apache Junction, Ariz., died July 2, 2009, in Mesa. He was born March 15, 1919, to Luther L. and Ruth (Crim) Leatherwood in Memphis, Tenn.
He entered the U.S. Army Air Corps in September 1942, serving in North Africa, Italy, France, England and Germany in World War II. He served in various air bases in the United States, training airmen in B47 and B52 planes. He served three tours in Vietnam in the Radar Detachment field, and retired in June 1973 with 31 years of service. Bud was a member of the VFW Post 10386, Kingman, and the American Legion Post 0100, Phoenix.
His wife, Nora, passed away in 1988, also two children, Margaret Hewitt in 2004 and Michael in 1995. Survivors include his wife, Lila in Apache Junction; son, Terry (Susan) in Oklahoma City; daughter, Janice (Scott) Harville in Bossier City, La.; stepchildren, Ray (Cathy) Rich of Kingman, Joan Rich of Napa, Calif., Paul (Michelle) Rich of Beaverton, Ore., and Bill (Bireit) Jackson of Northglenn, Colo. He is also survived by his son-in-law, Jack Hewitt of Malden, Ill., 27 grandchildren (three deceased) and step-grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.
Bud loved music, golf and traveling in his RV, especially to Alaska. All of us will miss his gentle and loving ways.
A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Air Force Day, Aug. 1, at Grace Lutheran Church, 2101 Harrison St., Kingman, with cremains interred in Grace Columbarium Memorial Garden.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be sent to Grace Lutheran Church or the charity of your choice.