BROWNVILLE - Russell "Bud" Harry Ladd, 94, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, April 23, 2013, at home, where he loved to be. He was born June 22, 1918, in Barnard, son of Harry R. and Josephine Ladd.
His family moved to Brownville when he was 4 years old and where he maintained his residence all his life. He was a graduate of Brownville High School, class of 1936. Russell was employed by C.E. Herrick Co., Brownville, until 1942 when he entered the military during World War II
. He took his basic training at Fort Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo., then was sent to Fort Ord, Stockton, Calif., where he earned the rank of technical corp. In January 1943, he was transferred to Ordinance Company in Beltsville, Md., until March of that year when he was reassigned to the 1st Army Air Force attached to Mitchell Field on Long Island, N.Y. He served in the Air Force Crash Boat Co. located in Bay Shore, N.Y., where he was a chief engineer and earned the rank of warrant officer, junior grade. He was officially discharged at the close of World War II. While stationed in Bay Shore, N.Y., he met the love of his life, Ruth Sylvia Duryea, whom he married June 12, 1944. After his discharge from the military, he took his bride and moved back to Brownville. There he and his father owned and operated a filling station and garage until 1958 when Russell, or "Bud" as he was known, was appointed Brownville postmaster. He retired from that position in December 1983. He had been a member of Brownville Community Church since 1961 where he has served several terms as a deacon and as its treasurer for 20 years. He is a member and past master of Pleasant River Lodge No. 163, Brownville, since 1948 where he also served as its secretary and its treasurer. He is also a member of Masonic Rabboni Chapter, Milo. Russell was past patron of Echo Chapter No. 198, Brownville, and a member of Barnard Jones American Legion Post, Brownville Junction. He served for nine years as a member of Brownville School Board before the school administrative district was formed. He has been treasurer of the former Brownville Alumni Association. Russell and Ruth were married for 68 years and had five children together. They built a beautiful life in Brownville and made wonderful, and above all, cherished memories as a family. Bud loved his family and they honored him as the patriarch. He was a guiding example for his children and loved by all. He and his wife made life special for those of us who were left behind. It is the close of a chapter of a life well lived ... a generation that deserves our honor, respect and revere. "One does not know 'til the end of the day, how great the day has been." - Eccles 2 Timothy 1
Russell was predeceased by his wife, Ruth, Nov. 23, 2012; parents, Harry and Josephine; and sisters, Hilda, Julia, and his twin, Ruby. He will be missed by his children: sons, Gary and wife, Chris, of Cedar City, Utah, Dwight and wife, Liane, of Greenbush, Steven and wife, Barbara, of Lynchburg, Va., and Brian and wife, Debby, of Providence, R.I., and daughter, Joanne Mikol and husband, Ron, of Dunstable, Mass.; eight grandchildren, a number of stepgrandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, at Brownville Community Church with the Rev. Anne Purdy officiating. Friends and family are invited to share fellowship and stories at the church after the service. A graveside committal service with Masonic services will be conducted 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, at Village Cemetery, Brownville. Memorial contributions may be made to Brownville Community Church, P.O. Box 706, Brownville, ME 04414. Arrangements are in the care of Lary Funeral Home. Messages of condolence and memories may be expressed at www.laryfuneralhome.com