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Born to the late Harry Bowman Staub and Agnes Jean (Hornbrook) Staub Church, Buddy, as affectionately known by his siblings growing up, Harry Tilden Staub, aka Budd, entered this world on September 7, 1953, in Meyersdale, PA and left his earthly body at 1:23am, August 30, 2023, at his Mount Wolf, PA residence, shared with his Wife, Wendy (Glace) Staub, Nicky the Yorkie, and Booger the Black Scaredy Cat. His family stayed by his side through his final hours, until he took his last breath. He is finally set free from all of the physical pain he endured for countless years. He is free to spread his wings and fly now. And free to ride his motorcycle all day, every day.
Budd is married to Wendy (Glace) Staub, has one Daughter, Kristina Staub, Granddaughter, Bree Staub Foster, Stepson, Randy Phillips, Stepgrandson, Jax Phillips.
He leaves behind a beautiful family of four siblings: Joyce and Barry Keefer of Middletown, Jeffrey and Linda Staub of Ocean Isle, NC, Patricia Hogan and Danny from Middletown, and Sharon McCall and Rodney Kohr, also of Middletown, and lots of nieces and nephews.
Budd, as a single parent, raised his daughter, Kristina, right alongside him at times while working as a mechanic on Cameron Street. She was pounding a hammer, or "tink, tink, tink," like he described, into a beautiful classic car at the age of four, "helping Daddy." Fortunately, his boss, Adolf, AND the car owner, were very understanding and forgiving. They had a laugh about it afterwards. A decade later, Budd entered into Fire Service with his daughter, running fire calls with Lewisberry Volunteer Fire Company. Budd was all about community service and helping others in their time of need. He was one who would hold the door open for an elderly couple, pay for someone's meal, give the shirt off his back, and loan his tools out to friends and family- and offer his advice and expertise- as he was called upon often when others couldn't figure out or diagnose the problem. He could fix problems in his sleep. If you saw his hands move or fidget when he was asleep- he was busy dreaming of tinkering with a car to figure out a solution. He planted the seed of community service in his daughter that she carried on, following in the footsteps of his Father and Grandfather in the Armed Forces. When his Granddaughter came along, she became the true apple of his eye. Bree has had him wrapped around her finger from day one. He absolutely adores her- and her fiancé, Wyatt- and though he won't physically be present on her special day, he will, by far, have the best seat in the house, and walk with her down the aisle.
Budd was known to be the one, of all his siblings, to cause trouble, yet also the one skilled with his hands. He built his first motorcycle by the age of 17, and continued working on vehicles for over 50 years. He joined Central Lincoln Mercury in Harrisburg as an auto body and automotive mechanic with multiple certifications. He later transitioned to LB Smith Ford in Lemoyne where he medically retired in 2012. Continuing in community service, he was elected as Emergency Management Coordinator for East Manchester Township for two terms, while concurrently serving as a PA State Constable for two terms for York and Adams Counties.
Budd was an avid outdoorsman who loved camping, hunting, and fishing. Moreso, he enjoyed riding his Harley Davidson year round, even in the middle of winter. He lived his best life, even moreso, to the very end, finding every opportunity he could to go fishing with friends and family, go out on adventures, connecting and creating memories both for himself and whomever he was with, that they too would treasure those memories for the rest of their lives.
Budd expressed the importance prior to his passing to let his friends and family know that they all are deeply loved and cherished by him, whether you have seen him recently, or it has been awhile, that love has not changed. When you see, hear, or do something that reminds you of him, it's in that moment, that he is making himself known, that he is always with you in spirit.
Budd is preceded in death by his parents, Harry and Jeannie, Franklin "Frank" Rhinehart Church, who was also into cars (particularly Indy cars and Mario Andretti), and brother-in-law, James Michael "Mike" Hogan, with whom he shared a deep bond, as if they were blood related. He is with them now, and guaranteed that his beloved pets that also went before him, Rocky and BooBoo, are jumping for joy to be reunited with their Dad.
Cremation of Budd's remains, his expressed desire is to have some spread at his favorite locations, and between his parents' plots.
Memorial services and celebration of life will be held at a later date and time. Contact the family for more information. Once the date and time is determined, the updated information will be posted here as well.
Financial donations can be made towards his funeral expenses to Buse Funeral Home, c/o Harry T. Staub, 145 N Grant Street, Palmyra, PA 17078, or donate in honor of his memory to one of the following: Your Local Animal Shelter or Eagle Fire Company, 54 Center Street, Mount Wolf, PA 17347 or SpiriTrust Lutheran Home, 1802 Folkemer Circle, York, Pennsylvania, 17404.
The family, with much gratitude and appreciation, would like to thank each and every one of the medical staff who attended to Budd. The level of quality comfort and compassionate care did not go unnoticed. Thank you for treating him as if he were your own family member. A special thank you to the SpiriTrust Hospice team for the warm compassion shown to both Budd and his family as he transitioned.