C.L. “Bud” McCracken
Chester Leroy (Bud) McCracken, Sr. was born September 25, 1941, to Della Mae (Hurley) and Melvin Leroy McCracken, in Sterling, CO. He had a sister, whose name was Iris June. She predeceased him in 2001. Throughout his life, he lived in Sterling, Iliff, Berthoud and Loveland, CO, as well as Bertrand and Holdrege, NE, and Boise and Nampa, ID. He served for a short time in the Army. On June 11, 1960, he married Rita Ann Sommerfeld. They had three children together, who are Robin, Chester Leroy (Skeet) Jr., and Dixie. Bud worked in the construction field. He specialized in plaster and drywall. He was known for his special designs and talents with texture. His hobbies were hunting, fishing, and camping. He also enjoyed working on and collecting old cars, traveling, and spending time with his family. He also loved the Denver Broncos. Rita predeceased Bud on July 9, 2004. They were married 44 years. Bud later married Josie Bassinet May 19, 2005. They enjoyed ten months together, laughing and constant companionship, but were separated by her death on March 23, 2006. He later met and married Simone Gagnon on March 23, 2008. They were married for eleven years.
With just a silly side smile and a comment, Bud could turn around the saddest or worst day and make it more bearable. Bud also had that sense of humor that even had his kids questioning whether he was kidding or serious. They had to look at their mom (Rita) to see if he was joking or not! Bud also loved his Denver Broncos. One would say he “bled orange and blue.” Everyone knew not to call when the football game was on, he was that focused!
Bud passed away Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at the age of 77 in Loveland, CO, surrounded by his loving family.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, sister, wife Rita, and 2nd wife Josie.
He is survived by daughters Robin and husband Dennis O’Dell, Dixie and husband Mark Phillips of Berthoud, CO, son Chester Leroy (Skeet) McCracken Jr. and wife Jana of Loveland, CO; (8) grandchildren: Matthew and wife Sharaiah Phillips, Ronnie and wife Lainey Phillips, Heather and husband Kenneth Kissell, Austin O’Dell, and Amanda, Andrew, Jana Rose and Joey McCracken, (6) great-grandchildren; Romulus, Matthew, Amore, and Havana Phillips, Wyatt Phillips, and Weston Kissell.
A graveside service will be held at 11:00 A.M., August 30, 2019, at the Dalton Cemetery with Pastor Leon “Bud” Gillespie officiating. You may view Bud’s Book of Memories, leave condolences, photos and stories at www.gehrigstittchapel.com
Gehrig-Stitt Chapel & Cremation Service, LLC is in charge of Bud’s care and funeral arrangements.