Eugene “Bud” South was drafted to the United States Army and proudly served his country with active duty in the Korean War. He was honorably discharged. Bud passes away on May 21. 2022 at the age of 90 years old. He attended the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight in 2018 with his granddaughter Megan as his guardian. While Bud initially resisted his family’s attempts to get him on the flight he was finally persuaded to go. He thoroughly enjoyed the day spent with his granddaughter and other veterans as well as their guardians. He was humbled and grateful for the honor flight experience. As his family we observed a difference in him upon his return. He seemed to be more willing to speak of his experiences during his military service and seemed at peace. When we lost our dad and grandpa there was no doubt that we would be creating a memorial for the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight as it gave him such pleasure and comfort. The South Family donated $1000.00 in Eugene’s name to the Eastern Iowa Honor Flight.
Pictured from left to right are Alexa Wichmann (Granddaughter), Mary Seely, Pam Wichmann ((Daughter), Megan Wichmann (Granddaughter) and Dick Bell