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2350 Montebello Square Drive, Colorado Springs, CO

OBITUARY

Harold H King

April 5, 1951August 21, 2020

Bud King was a beautiful man. Most everyone will remember him for his outstanding bartending skills. He worked at Shadows, Cahoots, and Cowboys. His most recent line of work was selling guns at Specialty Sports.

In his youth, he was a Sam Elliot look alike! His inner beauty was the best of all. He had a beautiful smile and laugh. He loved dogs, children, and Harley Davidson motorcycles. In 2001, Bud rode in the Run for the Wall (We ride for those who cannot), from the West Coast to the Vietnam War Memorial Wall, in Washington D.C. Bud was very proud of the U.S.A. and particularly proud of his father, Harold, and stepfather, Chuck’s, service in the military. Chuck flew P-38’s out of New Guinea and became an Ace. Bud donated memorabilia to the WWII Air Museum.

But Bud never talked about his own accomplishments during Vietnam. He was a helicopter door gunner. It was amazing that he survived the war. Going through his personal papers, I found nothing about his action in service in Vietnam. He simply spent the rest of his life supporting veterans in any way he could. What could be more heroic? Bud explained the inception of the Angel Fire Memorial in New Mexico to my parents and they had to go see it. My Mom saw the helicopter there with the door gunner hanging out of the doorless ‘copter and she realized why there were such high fatalities doing this job. After my Mom and Dad got back from visiting the Memorial, my Mom wrote him a letter telling him he was meant to be a part of our family because he survived being a door gunner.

Bud was preceded in death by his mother Joyce King, father Harold Buth, and stepfather Chuck King. He is survived by his only living family member Gary King, his former spouse Kammie King, his beloved nieces Avery and Parker Hamel and Kaila Coleman, and nephew Brayden Coleman, his former sister in law Ceanne Hamel, former brother in law Jeff Coleman, and former mother and father in law Bill and Bonniegail Coleman. Loved by ALL, he will be greatly missed! He touched more lives than he will ever know! In lieu of flowers, please consider donating towards a park bench that will be placed in a park in Black Forest where he was frequently seen walking his beloved dogs.

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A VETERAN A VETERAN – WHETHER ACTIVE DUTY, RETIRED, NATIONAL GUARD OR RESERVE – IS SOMEONE WHO, AT ONE POINT IN HIS LIFE, WROTE A BLANK CHECK MADE PAYABLE TO “THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA,” FOR AN AMOUNT OF “UP TO AND INCLUDING MY LIFE.” THAT IS HONOR!

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Debra Lopez (fka-Wheaton)

September 11, 2020

Buddy - as we all knew him - was the light of our group. As a pivotal member of our local Van Club, he brought life, laughter and fun to every outing. He traveled everywhere with his dog - a beautiful Setter - Jason Muldoon ["Dooners"]. There are sooo sooo many wonderful memories I have of him - not the least of which was his smile, his laugh and his seemingly endless love of life. His beacon of light will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Buddy.......

Maurice Villegas

September 10, 2020

I worked with Bud at Speciality for a few years he would tell me some amazing stories from his time in Vietnam , his travels , and his time bartending . He had an astonishing life and I'm glad I got to know him.

Bill and Bonniegail Coleman

September 10, 2020

Bud was a very thoughtful man. He loved telling stories and was very good making you laugh. Everyone at Cowboys liked to go to Bud’s bar; he was friendly and extremely efficient, a true artist at bartending. He loved riding his Harley. He loved his Labrador dogs. When Murphy and Riley had a litter he was very selective who got the puppies and kept track of them making sure they had excellent care. He always brought the best wine and cookies from Grandma Costco when we invited him to dinner. The Coleman family will truly miss Bud.

Bill and Bonniegail Coleman

September 10, 2020

Bud was a very thoughtful man. He loved telling stories and was very good making you laugh. Everyone at Cowboys liked to go to Bud’s bar; he was friendly and extremely efficient, a true artist at bartending. He loved riding his Harley. He loved his Labrador dogs. When Murphy and Riley had a litter he was very selective who got the puppies and kept track of them making sure they had excellent care. He always brought the best wine and cookies from Grandma Costco when we invited him to dinner. The Coleman family will truly miss Bud.

Michael Rollins

September 10, 2020

I met Bud while we both served aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA34) Aircraft carrier off the coast of Viet Nam - we were in different squadrons but we shared many a crazy night on shore in the Philippines😉. Over the past 50 years we stayed in Loose contact by phone. We got together a few times to ride & when ever I passed thru CO we would get together. The last time we talked was June - I was moving from CA to AZ, we talked for over an hour, we made loose planes to ride together soon / sadly that will not happen, however Bud will be 8n my thoughts and Heart when ever I ride

I Loved his laugh

Stephen Rodeheffer

September 8, 2020

I worked with bud at the gun shop for several years. Bud loved telling stories and would talk your ear off about his dogs and his motorcycles, the two things he loved the most. He had the biggest smile around and I will always remember him that way. Love you bud.

Yo Ringler-Abramson

August 30, 2020

Buddy was a very good friend. We were part of a group of military kids that had moved in to Peterson Field in 1964. We all hung out together and usually would wind up at the Teen Club on the weekend dancing away. He helped my family move from Petefield to the house my parents retired in. God bless my friend. Enjoy your new home ❤️😘

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

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