H. Bud Ahlquist

Obituary of H. Bud Ahlquist

H.​ ​Bud​ ​Ahlquist,​ ​age​ ​87,​ formerly of Harleysville, PA, ​went​ ​to​ ​be​ ​with​ ​the​ ​Lord​ ​on​ ​Friday​ ​November​ ​3,​ ​2017​ ​in​ ​Franklin,​ ​Tennessee. He​ ​died​ ​peacefully​ ​in​ ​his​ ​sleep​ ​surrounded​ ​by​ ​family. 

 

Bud​ ​was​ ​a​ ​graduate​ ​of​ ​Norristown​ ​High​ ​School,​ ​Class​ ​of​ ​‘49. He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​veteran​ ​of​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Air​​Force,​ ​serving​ ​during​ ​the​ ​Korean​ ​War​ ​and​ ​rose​ ​to​ ​the​ ​rank​ ​of​ ​Staff Sergeant. Upon​ ​being​discharged,​ ​he​ ​started​ ​a​ ​long​ ​and​ ​highly​ ​successful​ ​career​ ​in​ ​the​ Metallurgy​ ​Industry​ ​with Handy​ ​&​ ​Harman​ ​and​ ​Teledyne.​ ​He​ ​worked​ ​in​ ​Sales,​ ​International​ ​Sales,​ ​and​ ​Upper​ ​Management. 

 

He​ ​was​ ​a​ ​member​ ​of​ ​Immanuel​ ​Leidy’s​ ​Church​ ​in​ ​Souderton,​ ​PA​ ​and​ ​Grace​ ​Church​ ​of​ ​Franklin​ ​in Franklin,​ ​TN.  Bud​ ​loved​ ​to​ ​coach​ ​Little​ ​League​ ​in​ ​the​ ​East​ ​Norriton, PA​ ​area​ ​and​ ​was​ ​always​ ​readily​ ​available​ ​to​ ​help anyone​ ​in​ ​need.​ ​He​ ​loved​ ​to​ ​keep​ ​busy​ ​and​ ​equally​ ​loved​ ​to​ ​tell​ ​jokes!

 

Bud​ ​was​ ​born​ ​1930​ ​in​ ​Vineland,​ ​NJ​ ​to​ ​the​ ​late​ ​Harry​ ​and​ ​Mildred​ ​Glann-Ahlquist.​ ​Bud​  was​ ​preceded​ ​in death​ ​by​ ​his​ ​parents​ ​and​ ​younger​ ​brother,​ ​Bob​ ​Beu. He​ ​was​ ​an​ ​attentive​ ​and​ ​loving​ ​husband​ ​to​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​of​ ​66​ ​years,​ ​Gladys​ ​Silver-Ahlquist.​ ​They​ ​met​ ​in 6th​ ​grade​ ​when​ ​both​ ​were​ ​12​ ​years​ ​old​ ​in​ ​East​ ​Norriton.​

 

​Bud​ ​is​ ​survived​ ​by​ ​his​ ​wife​ ​and two​ ​sons,​ ​Gary​ ​and​ ​Glen​ ​&​ ​Maria​ ​Ahlquist.​ ​He​ ​had​ ​six​ ​grandchildren​ ​and​ ​four​ ​going​ ​on​ ​six great-grandchildren!​ ​He​ ​is​ ​also​ ​survived​ ​by​ ​a​ ​younger​ ​brother,​ ​Jack​ ​Beu​ ​and​ ​Paula​ ​from​ ​North Carolina;​ ​sister-in-law,​ ​Reva​ ​Beu​ ​and​ ​son​ ​from​ ​Pennsylvania;​ ​and​ ​extended​ ​family,​ ​Dr.​ ​Stanley​ ​&​ ​Laura Heleniak.

 

After​ ​retirement​, ​he​ ​worked​ ​with​ ​the​ R. L. ​Williams​, Jr. ​Funeral​ ​Home​, Inc. ​of​ Skippack,​ ​PA​ ​and​ ​upon​ ​relocating​ ​to Tennessee,​ ​volunteered​ ​at​ ​the​ ​local​ ​hospital. There​ ​will​ ​be​ ​no​ ​funeral​ ​services​ ​upon​ ​Bud’s​ ​request.​ ​Donations​ ​in​ ​Bud’s​ ​name​ ​can​ ​be​ ​made​ ​to​ ​the​ ​St. Jude​ ​Hospital​ ​or​ ​American​ ​Cancer​ ​Society. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.