William F. ‘Bud’ Mackay

Dec. 30, 1933 — Aug. 18, 2014

William F. “Bud” Mackay, a longtime resident of Waukesha, passed away while chip carving on Monday, August 18, 2014, at the age of 80. Bud was born in Cumberland on December 30, 1933, a son of John F. and Fena (Strathman) Mackay.

He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1959, where he was active in the PTA and scouting. Bud went to a one-room grade school, Woodside, in Comstock. His family moved to Minneapolis in 1945, and while in junior high school, he took a class in chip carving. Chip carving was his passion, and it became the last activity of his life. The family returned to Barronett in 1947, and he graduated from Shell Lake High School in Shell Lake. Bud married Avon La Rue on July 21, 1950; she died on October 16, 2001. Bud worked at Starline Starline Manufacturing Company as a tool designer for 42 years, retiring in 2008.

William will be dearly missed by his lady friend, Nancy Blackman, who taught him to never postpone joy; his children, Jeanne (William) Prue, Kerry (Terry) Mackay, Kathy (Bill) Rankin, Christopher Mackay, Jeffrey (Megan) Mackay, Timothy (Kate) and Steven (Toni) Mackay; by too many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great-grandchildren; and sisters Delores (Marty) Sogge, Patty Middelton and Catherine (Roger) Redetzke. He will be sorely missed by the Steaming Cup Early Morning Social Club.

The visitation for Bud will be held on Sunday, August 24, from 11:00 A.M. until the time of the 3:00 P.M. funeral service at the Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, 237 N. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha. The Rev. Leonard Barbian will be officiating. Entombment will take place at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, August 25, at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Waukesha.

In lieu of flowers, memorials in honor of Bud are appreciated to a charity that will be determined at a later date by the family.

Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For the online obituary or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com, or call 262-542-6609.

“The world will miss all of the jokes that Bud told over and over and over”