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Friday, September 2, 2016

Updated Obituary - William “Bud” Frederick McCleskey, Jr.

William “Bud” Frederick McCleskey, Jr.
William “Bud” Frederick McCleskey, Jr., 82, Peculiar, Missouri, died Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at Research Medical Center in Kansas City, Missouri. A celebration will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, September 3, 2016 at the Coleman Baptist Church in Peculiar. Contributions may be made to the church.

Bud was born May 15, 1934 in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, the son of William Frederick and Martha Guinn (Kenney) McCleskey. Bud grew up on the campus of John Brown University in Siloam Springs as his parents were both active at the university. His mother was the first dean of women and his dad ran the campus radio station and was an evangelist on campus.

Bud started preaching at age 17 . He had pastured at various churches in the Midwest. Bud was also an evangelist and on one of his revivals he met Vey Williams, who was the organist at Sand Springs. They married in 1972 and travelled throughout the United States as an evangelist team. Bud became the pastor at Coleman Baptist Church in Peculiar, Missouri in 1983. A special noted: Bud’s grandfather was a circuit minister in Arkansas and Texas.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents, one son, Michael, and one sister, Jane Mouttet. He is survived by his wife, Vey, of the home; two sons, Matthew McCleskey and David McCleskey, both of Broomfield, Colorado; a step-son, John Collins, Corsicana, Texas; one daughter, Carol Herman, Ashland, Nebraska; two step-daughters, Jackie Garrett, Antlers, Oklahoma and Stephanie Dugan Moore, Sand Springs, Oklahoma; 10 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; 5 step-grandchildren, and 1 step-great-grandchild.

Bud was a gypsy at heart and loved helping people.