Crusade friend Buddy Head dies

Crusade friend Buddy Head dies

His first Crusade was 1964 and he’s been part of the WHAS Crusade for Children family ever since. Willie S. “Buddy” Head died on Saturday, July 7, 2012. He was a longtime friend of the Crusade and a key component in organizing fire department fundraising efforts.

Teamed with his wife of 52 years Judy and other family, Buddy could be seen on the Crusade telethon each June conducting traffic and lining up fire departments for the broadcast from Ballardsville, Kentucky. He started a tradtion a few years ago by having his grandchildren recite the Pledge of Allegiance to kick things off.

Buddy, you will be missed.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Here’s a video of Buddy’s last Crusade on June 2, 2012

Here’s Buddy’s obituary as it appeared in the Courier-Journal.

HEAD, WILLIE S. “BUDDY,” 74, of LaGrange, KY, passed away on Saturday, July 7, 2012.

Buddy was a member of DeHaven Baptist Church, President of the Oldham County Fair Board, past President and member of LaGrange Kiwanis, Fire Department Coordinator for the WHAS Crusade for Children, retired from the LaGrange Fire Department, former Deputy Sheriff, and a 16-year US Army veteran. Buddy retired from BF Goodrich after 30 years and will be honored as Grand Marshal of the Oldham County Day Parade, 2012.

Buddy was preceded in death by his parents, Willie T. and Lou Ella Head.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Judy; daughter, Marcia Head; sons, Tony, Herb (Parminder), and Jon (Donna) Head; and grandchildren, Mallory, Hannah, Samantha, Skyelar, Sophia, Alexis and Simrun.

Funeral service: 1 p.m. Wednesday at Stoess Funeral Home in Crestwood. Visitation: 4 – 8 p.m. Tuesday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday.

In lieu of flowers: WHAS Crusade for Children.

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