Winston D. Young "Bud," 87, died Dec. 4, 2012, at a Bangor hospital. He was born June 22, 1925, in Fort Fairfield, son of Ancil and Laura (Dorsey) Young.
Bud was raised in Fort Fairfield and attended Fort Fairfield schools. As soon as he was old enough he joined his friends who were all enlisting in the service to fight in World War II. Bud signed up with the Navy and served as a gunner's mate on the aircraft carrier USS Hancock in the Pacific Theatre, part of famed Task Force 38. His quad 40-mm guns survived many fierce kamikaze attacks in the battles of Leyte Gulf, Iwo Jima and Okinawa. He was a proud veteran and never tired of meeting other World War II vets and sharing stories. After the war, Bud worked for the U.S. Post Office for more than 30 years, retiring in 1984 after serving first as a letter carrier on Loring and then with a RFD route in Limestone. For many years after he retired, Bud would look forward to the spring planting and the fall potato harvest when he would go to work on a farm. He was a member of Knights of Columbus Council No. 2851 and was a past grand knight. He also served on Limestone Board of Selectmen in the 1970s, working with other board members to restore the town dam and recreation area. Bud loved to cook for people. Whenever it was his turn to put on a K of C supper, the hall would be packed. He would spend weeks planning holiday meals for the family. From 1966 to 1976 he ran Bud's Drive In, Limestone, a drive-in restaurant complete with carhops. In 1975 and 1976, he also operated a second site in Fort Fairfield. His family and his home were the biggest and most important projects of his life. He was very proud of his house in Limestone and each year planted and tended extensive flowerbeds on the property. In his last years he enjoyed Tuesday and Thursday card games at Hammond Street Senior Center.
Bud was predeceased by his wife of 63 years, Florence; mother and father; brothers, Bob and Dick; and sister, Loretta. He is survived by his three sons, David and wife, Mary, of Veazie, Paul of Sheridan, Wyo., and Christopher of Lincoln; and sister, Barbara Lihudis and husband, Gary, of Fort Collins, Colo.
A memorial service with military honors will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, at Maine Veterans Cemetery, Mount Vernon Road Chapel, Augusta. A reception for friends and family will be after the service at Best Western Civic Center Inn, Civic Center Drive, Augusta. Those wish to remember Bud in a special way may make gifts in his memory to Hammond Street Senior Center, 2 Hammond St., Bangor, ME 04401. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.BrookingsSmith.com.