Ross H. (Bud) Fuquay


Bud was born on August 29, 1930, to Florence (Jenkins) Fuquay and Ross H. Fuquay Sr. on Ball Park Hill over-looking what is now the baseball field. The two-story frame house still stands there today with a historic marker on it -one of the original homes of Montesano. He died peacefully on September 15, 2012, at his home on North River.

Bud attended school in Montesano, joined the Army during the Korean Conflict and after training at Fort Lewis and then Fort Ord, was stationed in Anchorage, Alaska. From there he was scheduled to be sent to the front lines in Korea, but while still in Alaska, Bud fell and ruptured a disk in his lower back. He was flown out to Madigan Hospital in Tacoma and then on to Lederman Hospital in San Francisco. Eighteen months were spent there in the hospital before he was give a late discharge in June of 1954, with the rank of Corporal.

Bud started his working life as a logger, but the back injury precluded that line of work, so he started to go to college at Grays Harbor. When hunting season came along, he quit school. The next year the same thing happened. Finally, he enrolled at the University of Washington… didn’t like that to well, so he transferred to Western Washington College in Bellingham and at last completed a degree in teaching. Bud taught high school math, electricity, and shop classes in Elma for 12 yers and must have been well loved there, for his former students were still dropping by to visit with him right up until his death. After Elma, he taught at Brooklyn— not far from his North River Home — for about five years.

He married Gladys Bowen before joining the Army. They were married for 16 years before they divorced. In June of 1967 Bud married the new 7th grade school teacher at Elma, Anita Pearmain. They were married for 45 years until his death, and she remains at the family home on North River, where they have lived since 1968.

By 1975, his bad back had gotten much worse, and he was forced to retire from teaching. He and his wife, Anita, bought the Old Artic Tavern on Highway 101 in 1975. It was quite a dump then; there were holes in the walls “you could throw a cat through”. They ran it until 1980, fixing it up a little bit at a time, but then Anita’s brother and wife bought into the business as full partners. They were sick of their prosperous life in Seattle with all its demands. The money they brought to the partnership made it possible to rebuild the tavern into the building it now occupies. Eventually, Bud and Anita sold out their half of the tavern business to their partner’s Roy and Ann Pearmain, who still own it.

Bud and Anita got serious about being retired around about 1990. Their beloved son, Patrick, was killed at the beinnning of his third year of college in Bellingham in the fall of 1988. The grief was devastating. They began taking trips to the southwest to escape and soon came to love the RV lifestyle, which continued until only a year or so before Bud’s death.

Bud was also preceded in death by his mother, Florence Jenkins in the early 1950’s; his father, Ross Fuquay Sr. in 1973; and brothers, Joseph, Sam, Jim, and Don.

Bud was a lifetime member of the American Legion, a long-time member of the Montesano VFW, past commander of the Disabled Veterans Association, a member of the Aberdeen Eagles, and for a time also belonged to the 40 et 8 and the Montesano Moose. He was a very kind and very generous man, who considered what he was going to say before speaking, he also loved to have a drink with his friends, and was always willing to help anyone in need, whether he knew them or not. He adored his immediate family, especially his son Joe’s two little girls. He was loved by all who new him and will be missed for the rest of our lives.

He is survived by Anita Fuquay, his wife of 45 years, at the family home on North River. He is also survived by his son, Joe Fuquay, also of North River; Joe’s wife, Angela; and their two beautiful daughters, Sierra and Hailey Jo. Casey Rager has been a valuable friend of both Fuquays for several years. Bud was blessed with many, many close friends.

There will be a Celebration of Bud’s Life beginning at 3:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 23, 2012, at the Montesano VFW park with Military Honors.

Arrangements are being handled through Whiteside Family Mortuary of Aberdeen.

Please sign the online tribute to Bud at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com