Charles Henry “Bud” Woolls, 86, lost his longtime battle with Alzheimer’s at 12:35 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, 2015, at Our Hospice of South Central Indiana Inpatient Facility in Columbus.
Born April 19, 1928, in Seymour, he was the son of Henry Clarence and Lynette Naomi Conde Woolls. He married Anna Marie Barker on Dec. 22, 1951.
Bud graduated from Shields High School in Seymour, where he played basketball and baseball and was a class officer. He worked at Baldwin’s Drug Store and Soda Fountain.
He was a World War II Navy airman, serving as a control tower operator stateside at NASS Cecil Field, Florida, and NAS Jacksonville, Florida. He also played baseball on the Navy team. After discharge, he attended Hanover College and played for the Seymour Reds, a semi-professional baseball team.
His employment began at Hamilton Manufacturing as a product planner. He loved to roller skate and managed Skate Bowl in North Vernon, teaching skate dancing as part of his job.
He always carried a harmonica in his pocket and frequently would stop walking down a hallway or sidewalk to play a quick tune for people to enjoy. He also was an avid Emmett Kelly clown collector.
After moving to Columbus, he was employed by Quality Mill Supply Co. as the warehouse manager, retiring after 34 years of service.
After retirement, he took up golf and played every day the weather allowed. He loved his Harley-Davidson motorcycle and had traveled as far west as California, north into Canada and south to Florida along with his wife on her Harley.
Bud was a member of Fairlawn Presbyterian Church, Jackson Masonic Lodge 146, Mill Race Center and the Harley-Davidson HOG and Retreads motorcycle groups. He passed his love of baseball, golf and outdoors down to his grandsons.
Survivors include his wife; son, Charles Nick (Julie) Woolls; daughter, Cheryl DeLap (John) Yearsley; grandchildren, Karsten DeLap, Kristen (Todd Nadenichek) DeLap, Scott Woolls, Sandra (Jeff) Nichols, Ryan Woolls and Reannon (Will) Ward; and great-grandchildren, twins Bryce and Mia, Søren, Isaac, Ashton and Katherine.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and only sister, Helen Grace Hurbaugh.
Private interment will be at a later time at Riverview Cemetery in Seymour.
Memorials may be made to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, the Alzheimer’s Association or donor’s choice of charity.