Walter E. "Bud" Brautigam began his eternal life of service to his Heavenly Father on Oct. 25, 2017.
Bud was born in Pittsburgh on July 12, 1923, to Walter G. and Alice May Kopp Brautigam. His lifetime of service-related jobs began in his youth when his family moved north to live in Mercer County.
After graduation from Mercer High School in 1941, Bud went to serve his country in World War II from 1942 to 1945. As a member of the Army Air Corps, 8th Air Force 446th Bomb Group, he completed 30 combat missions in a B-24 Liberator as a waist gunner and aircraft mechanic. His decorations and citations included: The Distinguished Flying Cross; Air Medal 3 Bronze Clusters; European-African-Middle Eastern 3 Bronze Stars; and Good Conduct. Bud was honorably discharged as a staff sergeant (E6).
Bud's 65-year marriage began on March 22, 1952, when he married Margaret E. "Peg" Lizzie, in Ingram. Together they raised two sons, Russell Brautigam of Pittsburgh, and John "Jack" Brautigam (Carol) of Morgantown, W.Va.
He was a proud grandfather to Jamie Hartley (fiance Jay Castner) of Atlanta, Ga., and John Brautigam (fiancee Cristina Lignarolo) of Pittsburgh.
Bud's primary occupation was automobile mechanic. He was employed at numerous automobile service centers, including Willis Chevrolet, Bissett Chevrolet, Horchler Motors, Sharon Chrysler-Plymouth and JCPenney. Bud was also owner/operator of Brautigam Texaco and Brautigam Auto Service. From 1965 to 1967, Bud and Peg operated Brautigam Model Raceway in conjunction with their auto service business in Mercer. In later years, they enjoyed the flea market business together.
His love of automobiles included dirt track racing at area tracks. This included a trip to Daytona Beach in the NASCAR Sportsman Division in 1951 on the 4.1 mile beach course.
Bud attended Trinity Presbyterian Church in Mercer. He was a member of Hebron Lodge 575 and Mercer VFW.
He also is survived by a brother, Robert Brautigam of Mercer; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and a sister, Alice May Boyd.
Special thanks to Greystone Country Estates, Kindred Hospice of New Castle, Grove City Hospital, Pastor Richard Carlson and Dr. David Hoyt.
In lieu of flowers, donors may make a contribution to the charity of their choosing in Bud's honor.
Walter E. "Bud," 94.
Calling hours: Noon to 1 p.m. Monday (10-30-17) in JOHN FLYNN FUNERAL HOME AND CREMATORY INC., 2630 E. State St., Hermitage. Online condolences at www.flynnfuneralhome.com
Service: Memorial service at 1 p.m. Monday in the funeral home chapel, with the Rev. Richard Carlson.
Published on October 26, 2017