On March 14, 2021, Leonard Budd, surrounded by his loving family, realized the hope found in Jesus’ words: “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me, will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” (Gospel of John)
Leonard and Gene Ellen (Patton) Budd were married for nearly 53 years. Leonard served in ordained ministry in the Church of the Nazarene for over 30 years, pastoring churches in Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois. Leonard loved teaching his students in High School English, Drama, and Television Production with the Hernando County (FL) Schools until his retirement in 2019. Leonard was an avid amateur radio operator, woodworker, and encourager to all his family and friends.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents, Jay Bernard Budd and Lorene Dessie Piper Budd. He is survived by his wife, Gene Budd; son, Bryan Budd (Annie) of Tennessee; daughter, Melanie Easton (Chris) of Illinois; grandchildren, Adelaide, Emmaline, Isaiah, and Bailee; sister, Shirley Valk (Rich) of Michigan; and brothers, Clair Budd (Pam) of Kentucky, and Philip Budd (LaDonna) of Oklahoma.
Leonard will be missed deeply, but we believe that we will be seeing our husband, dad, grandpa, brother, and beloved friend again! The family invites those who can attend in person to Danville First Church of the Nazarene, 2212 North Vermilion Street, Danville, IL 61832, or online at https://www.danvillefirstnaz.org for a time of visitation on Wednesday, March 17, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. with a Celebration of Life service to immediately follow at 11:00 a.m. The family is requesting that all people present wear masks and social distance as we celebrate Leonard’s beautiful life.
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