Leo F. “Bud” Shackelford, son of Leo H. “Whitey” and Marguerite Ford Shackelford, passed from this life on Tuesday, March 6, 2018.
Bud attended Virginia Polytechnic Institute, served in the Virginia National Guard and was employed by Beck Chevrolet as a salesman. He served as coordinator for the Soapbox Derby during the early 1960's. In 1965 Bud began a path on the way to a successful and beloved career in aviation. He flew charter flights for several years covering the U.S. and parts of Europe and in 1972 he became chief pilot for Ingersoll Rand Corporation, creating its first aviation department. He proudly served in that capacity until his retirement in 1998. An expert pilot, skilled sailor and pitiful golfer, Bud was keen about many different interests and hobbies during his lifetime, but none were more important than his wife and children. He will be greatly missed.
Bud is survived by his wife, Audrey E. Shackelford; two sons, Kelly F. Shackelford of New Canaan, Conn. and Jason B. Shackelford of Roswell, Ga.; daughter Amy J. Shackelford and her husband, Roland Schwarm of Austin Texas; brother, Albert Shackelford of Lilburn, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his sister, Joan Shackelford Linne.
Bud and his family made their home in Ridgefield, Connecticut, where his ashes will be interred at a later date in St. Mary's Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Saturday, March 10 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg.
A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life.
Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg
Saturday March 10th, 2018
4:00pm - 6:00pm
4801 Jefferson Davis Hwy.
Fredericksburg, VA 22408
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Sorry to hear of Buddy’s passing. Vicki and I are in Mexico and could not attend his service. He was a great guy and long time friend. He sold me my first new car in 1963 and we worked on the Jaycee soap box derby together. Over the years we did manage to see each other occasionally and played a little golf. I’m sure you will miss him greatly and the world has lost a great and honorable guy.
Jim and Vicki Lewis
Submitted by Jim Lewis on Mar 13 2018 12:39:10 PM
Bud remembered my dad and myself at Shannon working on Sydney's ole Cub. I was blessed with knowing him and spending a significant amount of time driving,flying,talking about motorcycles and just having a good time. I will miss him.
Submitted by Doc Killmon on Mar 12 2018 05:00:00 PM
My sincere condolences to Bud's Family. Always enjoyed talking to him
at the flying field. May he Rest In Peace.
Submitted by Bill Varney on Mar 10 2018 02:57:18 PM
To Audrey, Jason and the entire family,
We send our sincerest condolences to you all.
Submitted by The Brennans on Mar 10 2018 08:39:01 AM
I was totally shocked to hear of Buddy's passing. We had some very memorable times during our high school years. He was one of the most talented individuals that I have had the pleasure of knowing. Its been a double shock since another friend and classmate , Delbert Wilson, passed away a few days ago.
Submitted by Norval Guy on Mar 9 2018 07:03:42 PM
I am so sorry, Audrey. My sincere condolences.
Submitted by bev Bley on Mar 9 2018 05:14:56 PM
I am so sorry for the passing of Bud. Fun guy. I’ll always remember him on his motorcycle. RIP.
Submitted by Gary Graham on Mar 9 2018 01:35:50 PM
I always enjoyed Buds company including his model airplane flying skills. My condolences
Submitted by Tom Nassar on Mar 9 2018 11:36:34 AM
So very sorry to hear this sad news of a dear friend passing.
We go way back and graduated together in 1953.
My thoughts and prayers go out to Audrey and all the family.
Buddy will be greatly missed.RIP 🙏🙏
Submitted by Robbie Hicks on Mar 9 2018 09:56:02 AM
Praying for comfort for you, Audrey and your family. So very sorry for your loss but I know Buddy is resting in peace.
Submitted by Linda Clore Sims on Mar 9 2018 09:44:05 AM
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