IRON MOUNTAIN - Armand "Bud" Prenevost, 85, passed away peacefully Monday, Feb. 10, 2014, at around 6 a.m., under the compassionate, watchful care of the staff at the Oscar G. Johnson VA Medical Center in Iron Mountain. He died of complications from a brain hemorrhage he experienced the previous Tuesday.
He was born Sept. 18, 1928, in the family home on Wells Street in 25 location, to Elizabeth "Mimi" Prenevost (Blitte) and Armand Prenevost. From the start, he was known as "Buddy."
Bud had a wonderful boyhood through the years of The Great Depression and World War II, stalking partridge on the forested slopes of Pine Mountain, engaging in vigorous rock fights with his gang of neighborhood friends (Dick Abraham, Henry Pozza and many others), getting sent by his mother to pick gallons of wild blueberries in the fields by the Menominee River and listening to "The Shadow" on the radio. He was apparently quite the scrapper as a boy, his long-suffering mother was sure he was going to be a gangster. He decided to be a bang-up salesman instead.
Bud graduated from Iron Mountain High School, class of 1947. He was working at Fugere Bros. when a striking young brunette strolled in for a new pair of shoes. Bud informed her that her feet were rather big, bigger than the size she was asking for, but then unbent her bent nose by asking her to a dance, back in the better days when there used to be dances at dance halls. Gloria Anderson said yes, both to the date and the marriage proposal soon to follow.
Soon after getting hitched, Bud answered Uncle Sam's call to help fight the North Koreans. He served in the U.S. Army, training at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, driving 13 hours back and forth to Iron Mountain on leaves to visit his new wife. Bud was always proud of his days in the service, at a time when there was little doubt that he, as an American fighting man, was a force for good in the world.
After an honorable discharge in the mid-50s, Bud grabbed an opportunity to work for P&H Harnischfeger, which required a move south from his beloved Upper Peninsula to Milwaukee. Bud and Gloria settled in Cedarburg, Wis., where the first order of business was to get a little slice of woods back up north and build a tar paper hunting cabin. In 1961, they adopted an infant boy, Jeffrey Paul. Because they had what was at the time called a mixed marriage - he was Catholic, she was Baptist - they had to adopt through the Wisconsin state adoption agency. Jeff was raised on a nice mix of Catholic Masses and Baptist potlucks. Bud was a good husband and the best of fathers, raising his child on a solid course of playing catch, fishing, hunting, going to church, and the Green Bay Packers. He had a long and very successful 30-year career with P&H, eventually moving to the Chicago area to head-up regional hoist sales, winning "Salesman of the Year" honors many years in a row in the late 70s and early 80s. Throughout this time in Wisconsin and Illinois, the Prenevost family would at every opportunity pile into the car and head north to Iron Mountain - to what was always home.
In the mid-80s at age 55, Bud retired and with all possible haste shook the Illinois dirt off his heels to return home, to a new house on a bluff looking out across the Menominee River. In his extended golden years, he was very active in the Sportsman's Club, U.P. Muzzleloaders Association, Kiwanis, St. Mary Queen of Peace and the local senior citizens center.
A while after Gloria passed away in 2000, he met and married Alene Christy, with whom he shared 10 sweet years of dancing, travels, and loving companionship.
Bud is survived by his wife, Alene Christy Prenevost of Iron Mountain; one son, Jeff Prenevost (Beverly Prenevost) of Chelsea; three grandchildren, Lottie (19), Beau (18) and Claire (16); and one sister, Louise Nault of Sturgeon Bay, Wis.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 12, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Jacobs Funeral Home in Iron Mountain.
Funeral services will follow at 1 p.m. at the funeral home. Rev. Fr. Michael Woempner will officiate.
Burial will be in Cemetery Park in Iron Mountain.
You may light a candle in remembrance of Bud or leave a condolence for his family online at www.jacobsfuneralhomes.com.
The family has chosen the Jacobs Funeral Home of Iron Mountain to honor Bud's legacy of life.