(December 29, 1958 – November 12, 2009)
With a cheerful Spirit and a robust laugh, Ed Budek, age 50, was a great family man and the best friend a person could have, died Nov. 12. 2009, after a brief illness. He was born in Midland, the son of Henry and Virginia (Bartos) Budek, on December 29, 1958. He attended Midland Schools where he was first introduced in his junior high years to the love of his life: the drums. He formed a small band in high school and continued to play into his adult years, meeting religiously on weekend nights with his best friends, Tim Spink and Dan Lincoln and their families. After graduation, Ed received an associate?ÇÖs degree from Delta College in Heating and Cooling Engineering. He was employed at Three Rivers Corp. as a project manager for the heating and cooling department. He was well respected among his fellow workers and developed many lasting friendships among the various craftsmen with whom he worked. Ed married Deana Lawson on April 13, 1984. They had two children, Stacie age 22 and Zachary, age 17. Ed was a devoted father and his children were a very prominent part of his life. Together they enjoyed golfing, Nascar, family camp-outs with friends and most of all, making rock?ÇÖn roll music together. As part of a very large extended family, Ed enjoyed the closeness of numerous relatives, many with whom he worked at Three Rivers. He leaves behind many aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews. His brothers and sisters include Catherine (Kim) Miller of Fort Wayne, IN; Joan (Tim) Farkas, Mike (Terry) Budek, both of Midland; Jean (Bruce) Bean of Rochester Hills; and Paul (Cindy) Budek of Chicago. The Righteous Brothers once paid a musical tribute to people who enjoyed the making of rock n?ÇÖ roll music. There?ÇÖs a special place in Heaven, called rock n?ÇÖ roll Heaven, they said, for those who so enjoyed to share their song: ?Ç£There?ÇÖs a spotlight waiting, No matter who you are. ?ÇÿCuz everybody?ÇÖs got a song to sing. Everyone?ÇÖs a star.?Ç¥ You can now jam with the greatest of them all. Play on, Fast Eddie! We?ÇÖll miss you from the depths of our Hearts. A Funeral Service and Vigil will be held on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:00 pm at Smith-Miner Funeral Home at 402 Rodd St., with Father Rick Filary officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 4:00 pm until the time of the service. Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider giving to the Edward Budek family.