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Walter Emmitt

Walter Emmitt

November 11, 1927 April 11, 2020

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Obituary

Obituary for Walter Lee "Bud" Emmitt

Walter “Bud” Emmitt, age 92, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, passed away on Saturday, April 11, 2020.

Bud was born on November 11, 1927, the second of four children, to Walter Lee and Viola (Mills) Emmitt in Monroe, Michigan. He graduated from Ann Arbor High School and enlisted in the United States Army Air Force. He was deployed to the Philippines nearing the end of WWII. After returning home, Bud married Josephine Nalepka on February 26, 1949 in Saline, Michigan. They settled in Dixboro, just outside of Ann Arbor, where they raised five children: Jerry, Dennis, Jim, Dean, and Nancy. Bud spent 35 years as a truck driver where he enjoyed the adventure of an open road.

He was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, Josephine Emmitt; his parents, Walter and Viola Emmitt; and his three sisters, Juanita, Jane, and Joyce.

Bud is survived by his children, Gerald (Sue Force) Emmitt, Dennis (Vicki) Emmitt, James (Cindy) Emmitt, Dean (Myra O’Donnell) Emmitt, and Nancy (Michael) Goraj; his grandchildren, Scott (Rachael) Emmitt, Micah (Kristen) Emmitt, Jared (Kristin) Emmitt, Keenan (Lauren) Emmitt, Alan Goraj, and Staci (Erik) Lucas; and his great-grandchildren, Erick, Justin, Harlow, and Piper.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the care team at Birchwood Estate for all of the kindness and support shown to Bud over the two years he lived there.

A visitation will be held for the family on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 12:00 pm until 1 pm. Funeral service will begin at 1:00 pm. Burial to follow at Arborcrest Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations can be made in Bud’s name to a charity of your choice.

Please visit niefamilyfuneralhomes.com 12:30 pm Thursday, April 16, 2020 for a Facebook Live link for webcasting of Mr. Emmitt's funeral.

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Walter Lee "Bud" Emmitt, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
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  • Interment

    Thursday April 16, 2020 |
    Arborcrest Memorial Park
    2521 Glazier Way
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Thursday April 16, 2020
  • Visitation

    Thursday April 16, 2020 | 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
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    Thursday April 16, 2020
    12:00pm - 1:00pm
  • Funeral Service

    Thursday April 16, 2020 | 1:00pm
    Nie Family Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Carpenter Road Chapel
    2400 Carpenter Road
    Ann Arbor, MI
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Thursday April 16, 2020
    1:00pm

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Greg Tomczyk

My deepest sympathies on the passing of (Great) Uncle Bud. Although far too infrequent, we always loved visiting with him and Aunt Josie... he was always smiling and brought joy wherever he went. He was one of a kind and will be missed.
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The Rupert Family, Connie, Kevin & Lori, Bradley & Children.

Sent with love and remembrance, of all the GREAT times we spent together down through the years. We all send our Love to you.
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Larry Mannor

My condolences to the Emmit family. Mr. Emmit was a great man. When I was young I used to walk over to his house and sit in the garage and talk with him about what he had done or was going to do that day around the yard.
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