Melvin “Bud” Bernard Stiffler died Jan. 21 , 2023.

He was born Feb. 25, 1930,  in Burket, to Hugh and Beulah Lenora Reece Stiffler. Bud married Jill Ellen Waterson on May 19, 1951, at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in South Bend; she died Feb. 1, 2020.

In 1950, Bud joined the United States Air Force during the Korean conflict. Bud spent a total of 21 years in the USAF, stationed in Texas, Ohio, Okinawa, Korea, Viet Nam, Mississippi, South Carolina and Florida. Bud finished his USAF career as an instructor for air flight controllers in 1971. While in the USAF, Bud received numerous citations including the Bronze Star for his work while stationed in Viet Nam, several Oakleaf Clusters and the Combat Readiness Medal. When he retired, Bud had achieved the rank of master sergeant and was the NCOIC (Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge) of his squadron.

Bud’s life will be celebrated with a private family ceremony.  He will be laid to rest at Oakwood Cemetery of Warsaw, with military rites conducted by active duty members of the Air Force Honor Guard and local members of the American Legion. Arrangements were entrusted to Redpath-Fruth Funeral Home, 225 Argonne Road, Warsaw.  

Memorial donations may be directed to The Magical Meadows, 3386 E. 525 N., Warsaw, IN 46582 and would be appreciated by the family.

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