Norman Elwood ‘Bud’ McKonly Jr.



Norman Elwood “Bud” McKonly Jr. of Waukesha died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, surrounded by his loving family at home at the age of 65. Bud was born on June 11, 1947, in Cherry Point, N.C. He was the son of Norman and Betty (Weicksel) McKonly.

Bud proudly served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Bud made a career working for the American Red Cross, where he retired after 33 years of service.  He served as the chapter executive for greater Milwaukee for 23 years.

Bud was a devoted member and past president of Ascension Lutheran Church, where he started its cancer support group. He served on the city Cemetery Commission for Prairie Home Cemetery, was the president of the American Red Cross Retiree Association, member of the American Legion Post #8, an advocate for the Milwaukee Affiliate Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, chair of the Wisconsin Committee ESGR, member of the Wisconsin Veterans War Memorial, member of the Milwaukee County Emergency Food Program Board and the Milwaukee Rotary. Bud enjoyed reading, biking, playing guitar and singing folk music. He was most passionate about spending time with his family and especially the grandchildren.


Bud will be deeply missed by his wife, Bennie, whom he married June 17, 1972; his daughters, Kelly (Michael) Berger, Megan (Sean) Zielinski and Donna McKonly, all of Waukesha;  his grandchildren, Ellie, Andrew, Ava, Emily, Cole and  Nellie;  siblings, Fred (Barbara) McKonly of Pennsylvania and Susan (Ed) Leonard of Virginia; and other relatives and friends. 


Visitation for Bud will be held from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 24, at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9:30 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Tuesday, Sept. 25, at Ascension Lutheran Church, 1415 Dopp St., Waukesha, with full military honors. The Rev. Chris Marien and the Rev. Bob Brookover will officiate.


In lieu of flowers, memorials are appreciated to the American Red Cross in Southeastern Wisconsin, 2600 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, WI 53233; or the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, 1500 Rosecrans Ave., Suite 200, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. 


The lives Bud has touched with his love, patience, respect, grace and devotion are countless. The example he has set makes us all strive to be better, to be more like Bud.


Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family.  For an online obituary or to leave a message of condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com or call 542-6609.