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In Memoriam - Warren E. "Bud" Hooper

Friday, January 29, 2016  
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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Warren E. “Bud” Hooper, a former president of the Michigan Road Builders Association. He was 91 years old.

Bud passed away on January 19, but will be remembered fondly for his wonderful spirit, profound wisdom and generous nature. He excelled at everything he did from academics and athletics to horsemanship and being a pool hall ace.

Bud proudly served in the U.S. Army when he was deployed to the Asiatic Theater. He received numerous meritorious citations, including a Pacific Theater Ribbon with two bronze battle stars and the Philippine Liberation Ribbon with two bronze battle stars in his role as a radio operator for General Douglas MacArthur.

After the war, Bud enrolled at Michigan State University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree from the School of Engineering. After graduating, Bud’s career took him all over Michigan and included working for MDOT, B.H. Sargeant Construction Co. and Rieth-Riley Construction Co., Inc. He became an owner/full partner of Central Paving, where he worked for over 20 years before retiring in the mid-1990s. He was involved in the business through 2015. In 1986, Bud served as president of the Michigan Road Builders Association. He received citations from the Michigan House of Representatives, the Governor of Michigan, the Michigan Contractors Political Action Committee and the National Asphalt Paving Association.

Over the course of his life, he was a member of the American Legion, the Elks and Moose Lodges, as well as an avid golfer (Senior and Super Senior Club Champion, West Branch Country Club), sports enthusiast and carpenter extraordinaire.

Bud is survived by his sons, John W. (Kathleen Pietila), Thomas M. and James R. (Linda); stepson, Kevin Storjohann; daughters, Mary Jean, Catherine A. (Roy) Exendine and Patricia J. Fenske; 12 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; a dear first cousin, Ann (Don) Byron; and nephews, Mark (Maureen) Maisonville, Craig (Heather) Maisonville and families.

Funeral arrangements and interment are scheduled to take place in West Branch in the late spring. Arrangements will be handled by Steuernol & McLaren Funeral Home.

MITA would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family.

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