Bud Read, 87 years old, passed away Tuesday, December 12, 2023. He was a veteran of 32 years in the Field Artillery (US Army), having served in Korea and Viet Nam.  

He began playing saxophone at the age of 6 years old and went on to become a well-known and respected local musician. Bud also fostered growth in young musicians through private instruction on saxophone, clarinet, and flute. He and his wife, Deana, were married for 35 years.  

He is survived by his beloved wife and love of his life, Deana; daughters: Linda, Diane, Karen, Michelle, Stephanie, and Jennifer; sons: Scott, Steve, and Terry; 18 grandchildren; and 6 great-grandchildren. His daughter, Cissy preceded him in death.  

He was a member of Vista Grande Baptist Church and the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) as well as a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association (NRA). He and his wife enjoyed target shooting, dressing up and playing “Cowboys and Indians” with SASS, being a Boy Scout leader, his music, and most of all his family, the pug-love of his life, Lily, and his adorable rescue pug, Tutti.

A Visitation will be held Tuesday, December 19, 2023, at 1:30PM, Funeral Service following at 2:00PM, at Vista Grande Baptist Church, 5680 Stetson Hills Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado 80917.

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  1. The Buckley SFB military Retiree Activities Office (RAO) would like to offer our sincere condolences and our gratitude for Mr. Reads 32 years of service to our country in the Army. If you would like help with any matters related to casualty assistance, Defense Finance & Accounting Service, Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP), Veterans Affairs (VA), etc. you can contact our office on Buckley SFB at 720-847-6693 or raobuckley@gmail.com. The RAO is staffed by volunteers, all military retirees themselves, and our sole purpose is to provide assistance to any military retirees and surviving spouses/family members with anything related to their military service and/or benefits, in particular during difficult times such as this. We are deeply sorry for your loss.

    Steve Young
    Lt Col, USAF, Ret
    Director, Buckley SFB RAO

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