Francis "Bud" Irwin

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Francis “Bud” Irwin, 90, of Central City, died Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at Bryan East in Lincoln.  Funeral services will be Friday, April 19, 2019 at 10 a.m. at the United Presbyterian Church with Pastors Doug McHargue and Nick Schonlau officiating.  Visitation will be Thursday, April 18, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Solt-Wagner Funeral Home in Central City.  Burial will be in the Central City Cemetery.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated at a later date.  Condolences can be sent to the family at
Bud was born on Sept. 14, 1928 to Francis and Bertha (Conard) Irwin in Newport.  Bud grew up in Newport and graduated from Newport High School in 1946.  He entered the United States Air Force where in 1948 where he served in Niigata, Japan and Offutt Air Force Base as a Staff Sergeant in the Motor Pool.  He married Dorothy L. Butt on Nov. 22, 1953 at the First Christian Church in Central City.  The couple lived on a farm north of Central City until February of 1968 when they moved to rural Hordville and farmed until he retired to Central City in October of 1990.  Bud continued to farm 80 acres near Hordville until 2012.
Bud enjoyed so many things in his life; he had a CB Radio business, remodeled his rental homes, and enjoyed the maintenance on them.  He enjoyed going to farm sales looking for tractors and parts for them.  He loved the work that he did on restoring his tractors.  Bud’s proudest accomplishment besides his six great-granddaughters was restoring a single row, left handed, corn picker.  The Coop, Oliver, and Cockshutt were some of the many tractors Bud restored.  He enjoyed driving them in parades and going to Clay Center to Old Trusty Days.  Bud delivered funeral cards around various towns with his wife Dorothy for over 18 years and also delivered Meals on Wheels.
Bud was a Board Member and past President of the Farmer’s Coop Gas and Oil.  He served as a District 50 Board Member.  He was baptized in the First Christian Church and was an Elder, Deacon, and adult Sunday school teacher.  He was currently a member of the United Presbyterian Church in Central City.
Bud is survived by his wife Dorothy; one daughter Karla and Richard Person of Hordville; three grandchildren November and Nicholas Schonlau; Lindsay and Jesse Hengelfelt; and Austin Francis and Sarah Person;  six great-granddaughters Avery Hengelfelt, Callie Hengelfelt, Autry Person, Maddie Hengelfelt, Britton Schonlau, and Jolie Person.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son Kevin Dale Irwin; one brother Dewey Irwin; one sister Esther A. Irwin Skinner;  two sisters-in-law Katherine Kanter and Illa Jean Scherer; parents-in-law Otto F. and Susie Butt; four brothers-in-law Adolph Butt, Clarence Kanter, and Donald Skinner, and Jim Stufft.


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