William F. Mackay, longtime resident of Waukesha, Wis., passed away while chip carving on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, at the age of 80.
Bud was born in Cumberland, Wis., on Dec. 30, 1933, a son of John F. and Fena (Strathman) Mackay. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church since 1959, and was active in PTA and Scouting. Bud went to a one-room grade school, Woodside, in Comstock, Wis. His family moved to Minneapolis, Minn., in 1945, and while in junior high school he took a class in chip carving. Chip carving was his passion, and it became the last activity of his life. The family returned to Barronett in 1947, and he graduated from Shell Lake High School, Shell Lake, Wis. Bud married Avon La Rue on July 21, 1950. She died on Oct. 16, 2001. Bud worked at Starline Manufacturing Company as a tool designer for 42 years, retiring in 2008. “The world will miss all of the jokes that Bud told, over … and over … and over …”