Floyd ‘Bud’ W. Usher
Jan. 26, 1924 — Oct. 22, 2015
Floyd “Bud” W. Usher, 91 of Watertown, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, at Rainbow Hospice Inpatient Center of Johnson Creek, surrounded by his family. Floyd was born on Jan. 26, 1924, in Watertown, the son of Walter and Estella (Kehr) Usher. He was a 1942 graduate of Watertown High School and later earned an engineering degree from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. On July 2, 1949, Floyd married his loving wife, Kathleen Winner, in Madison and the couple enjoyed 66 years of marriage.
He served his country during WWII as a platoon sergeant and was awarded two Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart for his selfless service and injuries sustained during combat. Floyd recognized God’s hand on his life during his wartime experience and considered himself lucky to be alive, as the sniper’s bullet meant for his head took off only the top of his ear.
For 18 years, he was employed as the director of Public Works and city engineer for the city of Watertown and the next 18 years were spent working as the Oconomowoc city engineer. He was a member of the Elks Club, American Legion/VFW, an avid pheasant hunter, loved golf and as a young man excelled at speed skating on the Rock River. Above all other interests, Floyd was a devoted husband and father, always putting his faith and family first. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife, Kathleen; children, Karen Gredler of La Crosse, Debra (Thomas Schroedl) Usher of Grafton, Timothy (Mary) Usher of New Glarus, and Gregory (Lupita) Usher of Oconomowoc; grandchildren, Emily, Michael, Katie (Josh), Evan, Luis, Andrea, and Jacob; great-grandchildren Odin and Oliver. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jack and Kenneth.
Memorials in Floyd’s honor to St. Jerome Catholic Church of Oconomowoc or St. Bernard’s Catholic Church of Watertown would be appreciated.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2015, at St. Jerome Catholic Church of Oconomowoc with the Rev. John Yockey presiding. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. He will be laid to rest at St. Jerome Catholic Cemetery following the service.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence, please visit www.pn-fh.com.