Ivan “Bud” Warren Atwood, Jr., of Torrington, CT, passed peacefully on October 20, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He was the loving husband to Kay Ilene (Hawkins) Atwood for 53 years.
Ivan was born October 27, 1940, in Yonkers, NY, and was the son to the late Ivan Warren Atwood, Sr., and Helen (Ridzik) Atwood. Bud was a graduate of Pine Bush High School in NY and of St. Joseph College in Bennington, VT. He served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era from 1959 to 1962. Among the awards and decorations he received were the National Defense Service Medal, the Marksman (Rifle), the Good Conduct Medal and a Letter of Appreciation. After the Army he worked in the retail industry with W.T. Grants and JC Penney before leaving to work with a local oil and gas company. He spent time working at the DMV, security, and even the restaurant industry. During his “retirement”, Bud became the Director of the Torrington Veterans Service Office where he was privileged to provide services and final honors to countless veterans and also served with the Northwest Connecticut Honor Guard.
He will be sadly missed by his children, Cynthia Zwart (Keith), Dawn Atwood, Michelle Monks (Scott), and Ivan Warren, III (Angel), his grandchildren, Stephen, David, and Nathan Zwart, Thomas and Savannah Monks, and Asher, Emmersyn and Ivan Warren Atwood, IV; a sister Joyce Channell of Plattsburgh, NY and a brother, Robert Atwood of Bennington, VT, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, family and friends. In addition to his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his sister and brother-in-law Diane and Robert Upright, his brother-in-law Joseph Ken Channell, and his nephew James Upright.
Calling hours will be held on Saturday, October 26, 2019, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home, 82 Litchfield St., Torrington. A Funeral Service will be held at the conclusion of calling hours at 11:00 a.m. at Cook Funeral Home. Burial will follow at New St. Francis Cemetery with full military honors accorded.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Smilow Cancer Center, 200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington, CT 06790 or to the Veterans Service Office, c/o Torrington City Hall, 140 Main St., Torrington, CT 06790. Condolences may be sent to Bud’s family by visiting www.cookfuneralhomect.com.
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Smilow Cancer Center - Torrington
200 Kennedy Drive, Torrington CT 06790
Veterans Service Office
140 Main Street, Torrington CT 06790