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Howard "Bud" Whitmore, Jr., 71, of Battle Creek died peacefully at home with his family at his side on Monday, April 8, 2019.

Bud was born April 29, 1947 in Battle Creek, Michigan the son of Howard and Edrie Rose (Sweeney) Whitmore, Sr. Bud attended Harper Creek Schools and served his country honorably with the U.S Army in Vietnam. He was employed as a big rig diesel mechanic and was one of the best.

Bud married Deborah Lynn Powell April 29, 1983. Surviving are his wife, Debbie; children, Jimmy (Cindy) Whitmore, Becky (Denny) Kloth, Donna Potter, Rebecca Smith, Pam (Jay) Cordell, Lennie (Misti) Whitmore, Jason Whitmore, Michelle Perkins and Crystal (Mike) Florence; 17 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rose (Clarence) Rosebrock, Jo (Ray) Patterson and a brother, Doug Whitmore. Bud was preceded in death by a son, Daniel Jones; his parents and two brothers, John and Donnie Whitmore.

He loved motorcycles and took many trips with his wife and friends. He got involved with remote control boats, built them and raced with the Battle Creek Buoy Busters, winning some ribbons, including some first place trophies. He loved to tinker with everything mechanical. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with them. Bud will be remembered as the best husband a woman could ever have and a wonderful father and friend for all.

Military honors and a committal service will be held at Fort Custer National Cemetery 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 15, 2019. Per Bud's wishes, his family encourages you to wear casual clothing if you plan to attend his service. Arrangements are by Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home & Cremation Care.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Make A Wish Foundation. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at