Town of Hartland) Melvin “Sonny” Budde age 84, passed away September 6, 2021 at home surrounded by his loving wife of 63 years, Jane (nee Rice), and his family. He was born July 31, 1937 in Appleton, NY, a son of the late Melvin Carl and Dorothy (Chase) Budde and had lived in this area all of his life.
Sonny served in the U.S. Marines from 1957-1960. He attended the Hartland United Methodist Church and the County Line United Methodist Church. He was a member of the Lock City Lodge No. 617 Loyal Order of Moose in Lockport and was also a member of the NRA. He was an avid Buffalo Bills and NY Yankees fan. Sonny enjoyed hunting, fishing, mowing his lawnand playing euchre; but his passion was working as a meat cutter for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children Curtis (Diane) Kowalski, Deborah (Butch) Schultz, Lisa (Glenn) Neubauer, Amy (Kevin) Curtin, Elizabeth (Ronald) Wheeler; 14 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; siblings Lauren (Anne) Budde, Millie Harris, Sharon (Roy) Pacheco, Raymond (Cheri) Blacklock; brother-in-law William “Bill” Rice; best friend and cousin Walter Crutts as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins and special caregivers Gail and Janice. Sonny was predeceased by his siblings Arthur, Marie, Evelyn, Robert, Gerald and by 2 infant brothers and longtime friend Wally Todd.
The family will receive friends at the Sherrie Bream Funeral Home, 4521 Main St., Gasport NY, Monday September 13th 4:00pm-7:00pm where his Funeral Service will be held Tuesday at 11:00am. Burial in Hartland Cemetery with Military Honors. In lieu of flowers, memorials to Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Dr., Lockport NY 14094.
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