Leo F. "Bud" Shackelford



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.