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Louis Budnick Sr.

Published: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 2:10 p.m. CST • Updated: Monday, Aug. 12, 2013 3:03 p.m. CST

SPRING VALLEY — Louis Budnick Sr., 89, of rural Spring Valley died at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013.

Born Aug. 13, 1923, in Spring Valley to John and Martha (O'dell) Budnick, he married Helen Ciesielski Oct. 2, 1948, at St. Mary's Catholic Church in DePue. She died Jan. 9, 1996.

He worked at New Jersey Zinc Co. in DePue and then was a truck driver for Western Sand & Gravel for 24 years. He also farmed in rural Spring Valley and was a member of the Teamsters Local 722, the Farm Bureau and was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the European Theater as an anti-tank gunner, He was a recipient of three Bronze Battle Stars and a Purple Heart.

Survivors include one son, Louis (Kathy) Budnick Jr. of rural Spring Valley; two daughters, Peggy (Ken) Stevens of Spring Valley and Deb (Lawren "Rick") Taylor of Peru; two grandchildren, Louis Budnick III and Laura Kirkman; and three great-grandchildren, Lee Michael Kirkman II, and Lila and Logan Kirkman.

He was also preceded in death by a son in infancy; one brother, John; and one sister, Hazel Terrando.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the Barto Funeral Home, Spring Valley, with the Rev. Robert Spilman officiating. Burial will be in the Valley Memorial Park in Spring Valley with military graveside rites conducted by the Ladd American Legion.

Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the donor's choice.

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