Michael Donald Laughlin, aka Bud, was born 4/30/26 to Bernard Laughlin & Irene Gutschenritter Laughlin, the 2nd of 11 children, the 1st boy.
Bud graduated from St. Patrick's Academy in 1944 and was drafted into the Army soon after. He was headed to the front line overseas when the war ended. He worked in Omaha and met Margaret Knott at her family café in South Omaha. They married 10/8/49 at St. Cecelia Cathedral in Omaha and became parents of six children: Margine Laughlin Henry, sons Thomas, Larry (died March 1974), Duane, William (died Aug 1974), and Paul.
Bud was a pilot and owned an airplane when they got married. There are many memories of him and ornery Bobby Regan flying together. A few years ago Bud went to an auction in Missouri "just to look" at a restored 1947 Aeronca Scout plane, similar to the one he used to own. However, his cell phone soon called son Tom, also a pilot, and they ended up buying it together. Surprisingly, Bud still had his pilot's license but was content as the passenger often as he could when Tom flew the Scout. It is that same canary yellow plane that still drops the prize balls on the Imogene ball field.
Bud farmed and was known for his sweet corn crop. He found great pleasure picking it just so and giving it away to family and friends, strangers, priests and nuns in Omaha. He was an expert knowing when the corn was ready and tried his best to be the first one having it ready. Try as he might, he could never beat the Meyers. Although he had sinus troubles, he had pride mowing most of his farmstead clear down the ditches, far more than he needed to do. He voluntarily plowed snow at the cemetery and St. Patrick's church area. Many locals found their driveways plowed too.
Besides farming days, Bud worked nights at Union Carbide in Red Oak to make ends meet. He retired in 1989 from the plant but continued farming.
Bud had a heart of gold. I remember him asking a child in church what time it was. The child didn't have a watch. Bud bought him a watch and surprised him saying, "Now you can tell me what time it is." He used his 4-wheeler spraying weeds whether locals wanted him to or not. Many can attest, he didn't know a weed from a flower making him dangerous with that sprayer wand in his hand! Mom used to get so mad at him either spraying or mowing off her flowers. Mom died in July 2003 from pancreatic cancer. No more flowers to worry about. There are many more stories we could share.
Bud started slowing down a few years ago but still drove to mass and to town. He never knew a stranger. He was an icon around Imogene and will be missed by many.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 am, Thursday, December 14, 2017 at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene.
Prayer service will begin at 6:00 pm, Wednesday, December 13, 2017 with visitation with the family to follow until 8:00 pm at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Imogene.
Burial will be held in the Mt. Calvary Cemetery in Imogene.
Memorials may be directed to St. Patrick's Catholic Church or Muscular Dystrophy Association.
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