Dec 24,1937---May 22,2021

William E. Winship, 83, of Overland Park, KS, passed away Saturday, May 22, 2021.  Visitation will be 11:00 AM followed by a Celebration of Life at 12:00 PM, Wednesday, May 26th at First Baptist Church of Overland Park, 8200 West 96st Street, Overland Park, KS.  In lieu of flowers the family suggests memorial contributions to First Baptist Church of Overland Park, Patient Services Inc., or the charity of your choice.

Bud was born on Christmas Eve, 1937, to William J and Amy Morris Winship.  He grew up in Devon, Kansas, as the second oldest of six children: Mary, William, Richard, Dean, Sandra and John.   William’s sister Mary was trying to say the word “brother” and it came out “Bud.” The name stuck. He was Bud ever since.

Bud and Ronda met in high school at Uniontown, and they would graduate together in 1956.  They were married at the First Missionary Baptist Church in Uniontown on August 17, 1957.  

In Fort Scott, they started out in a simple apartment. Bud worked at Comstock’s Service Station and Ronda was a secretary for Western Insurance. They bought their first house in Fort Scott, and Joe was born in 1961.  Mike would be born in 1964, before the family came up to “the big City,” buying a house in Overland Park, on the growing southern edge of Kansas City, in January of 1965.  Later in October of 1965, Amy was born. Bud and Ronda and the family have called the house on Russell street home ever since.

The particular job that Bud had been planning on when they first came to Overland Park did not work out, so he tried selling cars, and he tried selling insurance, among other work.  But then he began working for the Metal Goods Corporation and seemed to find his niche as a Warehouseman and Foreman in the metal and fastener industry, and Bud worked for Special T Metals for over 21 years.  Bud is remembered for his honesty and for his work ethic.  Truly every fastener Bud ever handled could be said to hold together a part of the world.

While he worked hard, he also liked to play. He had a good nature and good humor, a quick wit, which he passed on to his kids.  One of the great joys of Bud’s life was making music with family and friends. He first learned to play the mandolin on the back of the school bus out on the country roads.  Maybe he did not always express his feelings in words, but instead through his music...

Bud and Ronda were married for over 63 years.  They made a life together! The fruit of their labor was, is a legacy of family and friends.  He is survived by his wife Ronda, brother, Richard and Vicki Winship of Lee’s Summit, Missouri, children: Joe and Liz Winship of Gypsum, Kansas, Mike and Tammy Winship of Overland Park, Amy Gronberg and John Beardall of Uniontown, Kansas, eleven grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren.



Condolences

Steve Wilson May 24 ,2021

Nephew ,Lakewood ,California

One of my favorite memories as a child was watching Bud play banjo at the farm one day. An artist with the strings. I had the privilege of thanking him for his playing and what it meant to me several years ago. I think of him every time I hear a banjo. A humble, caring man who enjoyed sharing his music with others. He will be missed greatly.

Franklin Gaeta May 26 ,2021

old time friend and fellow employee ,Indian Wells ,California

It was my pleasure to have worked with Bud for many years. He was a very loyal and trusted employee. Bud brought much joy to many that knew him through his love of music. He was a gifted musician with a great sense of humor. Bud will be missed by all that knew him, I especially. Just sorry i did not spend more time enjoying his presence. He was a special human being. May he rest in peace in Gods hands.

Kim Forrrest May 26 ,2021

Family Friend ,Houston ,Texas

My heart goes out to each and every one of you. Bud was such a wonderful man and will be greatly missed. I have many memories of him playing music around the campfire as well as many others. From the first time I met the Winship family, I became one of them. They always made me feel I was one of the kids. God Bless

Josh Jones Jun 01 ,2021

Nephew ,fort Scott ,Kansas

Sorry for the loss. Most of my memories were from 30 years ago watching Grandpa, Uncle Bud and the family playing fiddle. One thing family members always leave us and that is the memories. Cherish them and embrace them.

Event:
Visitation
Location:
First Baptist Church of Overland Park
Address:
8200 West 96th Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
KS
Zip Code:
66212
Date:
May 26 ,2021
Time:
11:00 AM
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Event:
Celebration of Life
Location:
First Baptist Church of Overland Park
Address:
8200 West 96th Street
City:
Overland Park
State:
KS
Zip Code:
66212
Date:
May 26 ,2021
Time:
12:00 PM
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