29 mar 2009 — Fairmont, WV
Fairmont, West Virginia
He could play a guitar in his younger years.
Bud moved to Buffalo, NY in the early 1950's and got a job working for the Chevrolet plant. He was there until he retired in 1980s. He spent most of his career in the tool room taking care of the tools and equipment and passing them out to the other workers as they were needed.
He retired back to the place of his birth to be with his family
He was quite the handyman and there was little he could not fix and repair. Bud was very helpful to others. All you had to do was call him and he was soon there to help.
Like all of us he had his little quirks. He would spend two hours going from family members houses looking for a bolt instead of just buying it. He worked in my used furniture store for a while. I think he just did it for a chance to talk to others.
He was very much loved and appriciated by his family and is missed by all. Two years before he died he contracted cancer which slowly took this active man down. He lost a lot of weight and and died in his home after a long struggle at about 3 AM.
I spent a lot of time during those two years. We would meet at least once a week at the local VFW Club and play pool together. Sometime we would just set at the bar and talk. He with his drink, seven and seven, and me with my cola. Bud loved to play the tip board. He was lucky at it, he would often win. The custom was if you won the jack pot you would buy everyone at the bar a round of drinks. I saw Uncle Bud do this more than once.
He was smart, very smart, handsome, some say the best looking of the boys, kind and caring. He came to visit me when we lived in Youngstown, Ohio. The only one of my uncles to do so. I looked up to him. We once worked together putting in a sidewalk for one of his VFW buddies splitting the money. A few months later, when there was a problem. he went over and fixed it himself not even mentioning it to me.
He colud be stubbron if he thought something was really wrong. He would stand his ground. Sometimes he would be quite. I never heard him say mean thing about other and if he disapprove of someone or something he would voice it in a limited way. He was not likley to run somone down.
Name: David E Scritchfield
Birth Year: 1926
Race: White, citizen (White)
Nativity State or Country: Ohio
State: West Virginia
County or City: Marion
Enlistment Date: 14 Nov 1945
Enlistment State: Maryland
Enlistment City: Fort George G Meade
Branch: No branch assignment
Branch Code: No branch assignment
Grade: Private First Class
Grade Code: Private First Class
Term of Enlistment: One year enlistment
Component: Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Source: Enlisted Man, Philippine Scout or recall to AD of an enlisted man who had been transferred to the ERC
Education: Grammar school
Civil Occupation: Miner
Marital Status: Married