Harry Wayland "Bud" Herbert, 88, of Polanddied at 9 p.m. Thursday, November 20, 2003, at Cloverleaf Healthcare in Knightsville.
Born Aug. 24, 1915, in Cunot, Owen County, Ind., he was the son of Albert Henry (1882 -- 1961) and Iva M. (Knoll) Herbert (1881 -- 1971.) As a little boy, he delivered bottled milk with his little red wagon in the town of Cloverdale, and graduated from High School there in 1933.
His hobby in electronics found him taking a three-month course at Coyne Radio & Electric in Chicago in 1936. He was an employee of the Cloverdale Hardware, with a radio repair shop on the mezzanine floor of the store.
He entered the Army in June 1941. During WWII, he was a communication chief in the Pacific Theater. After his discharge in November 1945, he opened "Herb's Radio Repair" shop in Broad Ripple, on the north side of Indianapolis. In 1949 he went back to Chicago to learn TV repair on the GI Bill for $2,000 at De Forrest Radio.
On Nov. 28, 1953, he was united in marriage with Betty Marie Little (who survives), at the Indianapolis home of his sister, Lois. He moved his business and bride to 6357 Guilford Ave., Indianapolis. In September, 1964, they bought property in Poland. After closing his business in February ,1966, he worked for Duo Fast of Indiana for two years and four months. The couple moved to Poland in July, 1968.
He loved cats. He trained the ones that stayed with them in Broad Ripple to open a door, which he built, and enter the garage for their food and drink.
Retiring from the work-a-day world, "Bud" took on the role of volunteerism with the Poland Volunteer Fire Department, helping his not-so-young neighbors and doing what he could to help at the Poland Historical Chapel. He was a 50-year Mason and a member of Clay Lodge 85, F. & A.M., Bowling Green. He enjoyed working on remodeling his home, in the yard, garden, and relaxing with friends at square and round dancing.
In the fall of 1991, after the town of Poland celebrated their Sequential Centennial, "Bud" had a tumor removed from his brain. This slowed down the outside activities but he still enjoyed his computer. He had taught himself basic programming in 1982 and continued to enjoy his computer till he went to the hospital with pneumonia on the 3 rd of September. He entered Cloverleaf Healthcare on Oct.9.
His sister, Lois De Moine Nees, preceded him in death on Aug. 28, 2002, and his nephew, Earl P. Nees on Nov.1, 1995.
In addition to his wife, Betty, he is survived by his sister, Lois Gray of La Porte, Ind., two nieces, one nephew and grandnieces and nephews.
At the request of the deceased, his body will be cremated with the ashes interred at the Zion Cemetery, Poland. A graveside service with Masonic Graveside Rites will be conducted by his Lodge, at 1 p.m. on Friday. The family request that memorials be made in the form of donations to the Clay Lodge 85, c/o Robert Buckingham, 9815 S. Armstrong Place, Terre Haute IN 47802.
Moore Funeral Home is handling arrangements. For more information or to send a card of condolence, visit www.moorefuneralhome.us.