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Dave Wilbur Sr.

August 25, 1918 — October 23, 2010

David “Bud” Love Wilbur, Sr.

Age 92, of Station Road in Watkins Glen, passed away peacefully in his home on Saturday, October 23, 2010.

The family will receive friends and relatives at the Royce-Chedzoy Funeral Home, 212 E. 4th St., Watkins Glen, on Wednesday (Oct 27th) from 6-8pm; a funeral service will be held there the following morning at 11:00am; Rev. Beverly Karr-Lyon officiating; burial at Glenwood Cemetery.

He was predeceased by his parents, Irving and Hebe Wilbur; brothers, Irving Jr., Fred, and Donald; daughter-in-law, Linda Wilbur, and son-in-law, John Pratt. He is survived by his wife Florence; children, Richard Wilbur, Nancy Pratt, David Jr. (Donna) Wilbur, and Deborah (John) Brame; brothers-in-law, Arnold (Carole) Crout and Clayton (Geraldine) Crout; special niece, Naomi Kurek, special nephews, John and Richard Wilbur, and special friend Charlie Clark; also 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Born on August 25, 1918 in the same home in which he died, he was the youngest son of Hebe and Irving Wilbur. He graduated from Watkins Glen High School in 1938. Bud, along with his father and brother, Donald, operated a 144 acre farm. In 1944, he met the love of his life, Florence Crout. They married and later raised four children on the farm. Bud also worked for Cotton Hanlon and later for Watkins Salt from 1953-1977 until retirement.

After his retirement, Bud pursued his dream to own a team of draft horses. He traveled the state with his wife to numerous draft horse pulling competitions, winning numerous trophies and ribbons.

His family and friends will remember him as a loving, caring, proud Irishman.

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