Warren Frank “Bud” Flanik, 83, a resident of Addy, passed away on July 2, 2012 at his Addy home. Bud was born on Nov. 2, 1928 in Colville, the son of George Frank and Winnifred (Mack) Flanik.
Bud's family homesteaded on Onion Creek before moving to Swiss Valley. He spent several years in Swiss Valley and then moved with his family to the ranch in Marble Valley in 1936. Bud attended grade school at the Summit Valley School and then finished his education in Chewelah, graduating in 1945 from Jenkins High School.
On Sept. 22, 1950, Bud entered the U.S. Army. He was hon¬orably discharged on Sept. 21, 1952 as a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served with the Army Corp of Engineers.
During his time in the service, Bud married Sonja Brown¬field and they began a family with the birth of their daughter, Karen. Bud then worked in both residential and road construc¬tion on projects in Alaska and across the United States. He returned to Northeast Washington where he resided in Cheney. While in Cheney, Bud ranched, worked as a mechanic for Rat¬cliff Motors and expanded his involvement and love for racing by building an oval track on his property.
Returning to Addy, Bud operated the Addy Garage for 20 years and then settled back onto the family farm in Marble Val¬ley.
Bud had a great passion for nostalgic automobiles, tractors and almost anything with a motor. He was a prominent figure in stock car racing in the Spokane area for many years. Bud gave of himself and developed sentimental connections to those things he possessed. Nearly all of his cars, tractors, cattle and some friends were given nicknames. Bud had little tolerance for the “unmotivated,” but was always willing to offer his trust and friendship to those he met. His relationships were important, as he would travel to many of his military reunions and carried many lifelong friendships. Bud was a man of his word and no more than a handshake was needed in any of his dealings.
He was a member of the Hassie Club, Chokes and Spokes, Kaiser Club and a lifelong member of the NRA.
Bud was preceded in death by his beloved sister, Betty Jean.
He is survived by his daughter, Karen Rhodes and her hus¬band, Greg, Chewelah; grandsons, Dan Flanik, Kettle Falls, and Dustin Rhodes, Spokane; great-grandchildren; Gentry, Lindsey and Lyndon Flanik; true companion of over 30 years, Lyola Grittner, Chewelah; and a host of extended family.
A celebration of life and potluck gather for Mr. Warren F. “Bud” Flanik, will begin at 3 p.m., Sunday, July 15 at the Addy Inn.
Memorial contributions may be given to the charity of choice.
Please visit the online memorial and sign the guestbook at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangements.