Walter “Bud” Waldo
Walter Jenings Waldo exited this world on Feb. 21, 2016, to join his beloved wife Ellie in heaven. Walter, better known as “Bud,” grew up in North Dakota. He attended Willamette University and the University of Washington until the war interrupted his college career. He enlisted in the Navy in 1943 and later became a 2nd lieutenant in the U. S. Marine Corps, where he flew F4U, F6F and F7F fighters.
When the war ended he returned to Case Institute in Cleveland, but was recalled for active duty during the Korean War, where he flew a Tiger Cat fighter. He then became a Captain in the Marines and received three Air Medals and a UN Clasp before being honorably discharged. He became a pilot for TWA, flying both national and international routes for 33 years.
Bud was an avid fisherman and skier, as well as a world traveler.
He married Ellie Lugoshan in 1948 and was happily married for 66 years. He is survived by his five children, Mark Waldo, Bob Waldo, Peggy Floren, Nancy Stennes and Dale Waldo, and his three grandchildren, Jennifer, Tyler and Joshua Waldo.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, at Daniels Chapel of the Roses, 1225 Sonoma Ave., Santa Rosa. Burial and military honors will follow at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.