Keith Lyal “Bud”
Sept. 28, 1926 – Sept. 21, 2014
Bud died in the early morning hours of September 21, 2014 at the Colonel Belcher in Calgary, Alberta at the age of 87 years. Bud is survived by his daughters, Lynda of Edmonton, Joan of Canmore, and his grandson, Christopher Schreiber of Calgary. He was predeceased by his parents, siblings, and his wife Vivian (nee Hoover) of Red Deer. Born in Morse, Saskatchewan, his formative years were spent during the Great Depression of the 1930’s. When asked what he remembered most about his childhood, it was always the poverty. His military career which spanned 1943 to 1976 began at age 16 as a rear gunner with the Royal Canadian Air Force’s wartime unit, the 431 (Iroquois) Squadron, 6th Unit Heavy Bomber Group based in Croft England. After the war, Bud enlisted with the British Royal Air Force (RAF) and traveled throughout North Africa, the Middle and Far East from 1945 to 1952. After returning to Calgary, he married Vivian and began raising the family he was so proud of. His retirement years were spent in Red Deer, Alberta until 2005 when he moved to Canmore. Bud had a great sense of humor, and a caring heart and a generous nature. In keeping with this selfless spirit that dominated his life please consider honoring him by doing something kind for a stranger or spending time with a resident in a long-term care facility. Details for a celebration of Bud’s life, as well as a place to leave condolences can be found at Heritage Funeral Services www.hffs.com. Interment will be a private family gathering at the Queen’s Park Cemetery where Bud will be laid to rest near his father and brother in the “Field of Honor”.