Craig “Bud” Smith

Date of Death: Jun 17, 2022
Craig “Bud” Smith

1953 - 2022

Craig “Bud” Smith, 69, of Waupun, passed away Friday, June 17, 2022, doing what he loved; riding his motorcycle with the wind in his hair and the sun on his back.

Bud was born June 4, 1953 to Stanley and Rita (Haase) Smith. Bud graduated from Waupun High School in 1972. There after, he quickly picked up the trade of welding, where he utilized his skills at a variety of places. On April 15, 1978 he married the love of his life, Kim Arndt at St. Lukes Lutheran Church in Oakfield. The couple lived in Waupun their entire married lives. Bud retired in 2015 but continued to work part-time. When he wasn’t working he loved to be outdoors, hunting, and spending time at the family marsh. He enjoyed working on small engines, talking with friends in his garage, and spending time with his dog, Deek. Bud always had his 4 B’s: beers, beauties, bikes, and bourbon. Anyone who knew him, knew he acted rough around the edges, but that quickly changed when his grandchildren came into his life. Bud loved his wife, daughters, and grandchildren very much.

Bud is survived by his wife of 44 years, Kim; two daughters: Buddi Jo (Adam) Lerum and Alison (Shawn) Nagle; three grandchildren: Kinslee and Maddux Lerum, and Everick Nagle; two sisters: Karen (James) Baierl and Karrie (Bruce) Judd; three brothers: Charles, Clayton, and Kevin (Jennifer) Smith; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Kenneth and Diane Arndt; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law: Rick (Janet) Arndt, Craig (Val) Arndt, Reagan (Kim) Arndt, Rae (Brent) Stobb, Melissa (Tim) Yahr, and Colette (Tim) Harmsen; and many nieces and nephews who all received nicknames from Bud.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister-in-law, Donna Smith.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Thursday at the church from 1 p.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Bud Smith will be held Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 4 p.m. at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waupun with Pastor David Cooper officiating.

In Lieu of Flowers

In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to the family. They will be donated in Bud’s name to a charity he loved.

Memorial Video

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  1. Anne Toutant Says: June 21, 2022 at 6:16 pm

    Sending my deepest sympathy for your loss.I knew Bud through Hobie and when he worked at Karavan, he was a great guy and always had a smile. Prayers sent to you all in your time of grief as I know he will be greatly missed.

  2. June Judd Says: June 21, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    Sending thoughts and prayers for u and your family Kim. May God Bless all of u and watch over all of u

  3. Anonymous Says: June 21, 2022 at 9:17 pm

    Deepest sympathy to the family for their loss of a tough as nails man. It was an honor to get to know Bud through the years, seeing an occasional crack of a smile or hearing a laugh, meeting up for the early Thanksgiving deer hunts. I will forever envision you sitting high, in your spot, on that property line, overlooking all to be seen.

    God Bless

  4. Sue Veleke Says: June 22, 2022 at 4:24 pm

    My heart and prayers are with you,Peace

  5. Marcia Biel Says: June 22, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    My deepest sympathies to you and your family! I knew Bud from work at Karavan. He was a great guy, always friendly and kind. May your memories comfort you all!

  6. Valerie Barton Says: June 23, 2022 at 11:55 am

    My deepest condolences to your family on this terrible loss. I always remember him and his “don’t mind if I do…” acceptance of the Thursday morning treats on B1. Take Care of each other.
    Valerie B

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