Milford "Bud" Case passed away January 31, 2020 at home surrounded by his loving family.
Born in Walker, Minnesota, February 11, 1926, he was the eldest son of Paul and Audrey Case's nine children.
After serving a tour in the Navy, 1944-1946, as a Motor Machinist 2nd Class onboard the PT 168 in The Philippines and New Guinea, Bud was the first one of the Case family to head west to Oregon. The rest of the family eventually followed. In 1947 he married Adeline Bjelland and they had 2 children, Sondra Lea and Bradley Paul.
1950 was the beginning of the first ambulance service started by him in Woodburn. He and Tony Lauby opened an auto repair shop together downtown, and soon Bud bought out his partner and the name became Case Automotive in 1952. The shop was sold in 1978 but the name remains the same and still exists in the original location.
He married Helen Barth in 1975 and gained two step-daughters, Deborah and Denise.
After selling the shop, Bud turned to real estate with his first purchase of Garden View Manor. He went on to build two other apartment complexes. His next successful business was B&H Woodcraft, a high-end custom cabinet shop which was sold in 2003, but continues to do business under the same name.
His love of the PT boat led him to volunteer along with other WWII vets in the massive restoration of the PT 658 in Portland. http://www.savetheptboatinc.com/history.htm PT 658 is now fully operational and you can see it cruising the river as it is open to the public.
After retiring, Bud was happiest when he was outside working his little "farm". Mowing, pruning, plowing and being outside from dawn to dusk, he maintained his vegetable garden and various fruit trees. With his expertise in mechanics, he kept all the equipment running in tip-top shape.
All who knew Bud greatly respected him for his integrity, honesty, and generosity. His dry sense of humor was a gift to all.
Besides his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his wife Helen, grandson Jason Ostrom, son Bradley Paul, older sister Pauline Gustafson, younger brother Vernon, and a sister, Winnie who died in infancy.
He is survived by his daughter Sondra Plester (Michael), 2 step-daughters Deborah Barth Leach (Chuck) and Denise Barth. Five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren, with a great-great grandchild due in April 2020, cherish his memory.
A Celebration of Life will be held later, date to be determined. Please check back for more information.