ALEXANDRIA – Richard A. “Bud” Mabbitt, 83, passed away Friday, May 28, 2021 at his residence following an extended illness.
Bud was born on Jan. 27, 1938 in Anderson to Francis Loyd and Velma Loraine (Gibbs) Mabbitt and had lived in Alexandria most of his lifetime.
He was a heavy equipment operator and had formerly worked for Bob Norris Excavating in Anderson. More recently he was part owner of Fowler Excavating of Noblesville.
Bud was honorably discharged from the National Guard in 1958 and United States Army Reserve in 1963.
Bud was a man of the outdoors and devoted much of his time hunting elk and deer with his sons. He was a skilled woodworker and many have been gifted with furniture and wood pieces that were made by his hands. He loved to go to carnivals and had even worked some rides and concessions at one time with his son Barry. He also enjoyed old time black and white TV westerns. Bud was a hardworking, devoted and loyal husband, dad and grandpa. He will be sadly missed, but fondly and warmly remembered.
Survivors include his wife, Joann (Boner) Mabbitt, whom he married Sept. 21, 1958; three sons, Terry (Violet) Mabbitt, Jerry Mabbitt and Barry (Sheri) Mabbitt, all of Alexandria; 13 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; two great-great- grandchildren; brother, Larry (Belinda) Mabbitt of Anderson; sister, Macel Holiday of Anderson; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant brother, Ronald and a sister, Sonia Ohler.
Services honoring Bud’s life and legacy will take place at 1 p.m. Friday, June 4, 2021 in the Noffze Funeral Home, 501 N. Harrison St., Alexandria with the Rev. John Foster officiating. Interment arrangements are being determined.
The Mabbitt family will receive friends after 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Noffze Funeral Home to assist the family with final expenses. This can be easily accomplished by visiting Richard’s obituary on the funeral home web-site, www.owensmemorialservices.com, then clicking on the Donate Now button at the top of the page.
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