Robert "Bud" Chester Good 1921 - 2017 Robert "Bud" Chester Good died peacefully on April 5, 2017 surrounded by his family. Bud was 96 years old born February 11, 1921 to Chester and Verna Good. After graduating from Eugene High in 1939 he set off for adventure in Alaska working on commercial fishing boats and with the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC's) in Juneau, Alaska. After the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Bud returned to Eugene to enlist in the US Navy in April 1942. He was assigned to the very successful VG-17 Squadron flying the new 2,000 HP Grumman FGF Hellcats off of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet of the "Lucky Hornet" as he called it. On February 16, 1945 Bud and VF-17 Squadron were involved in the first carrier raid against Toyko. After the successful-mission they were assigned to provide air support the following day for the Marines landing on Iwo Jima. Bud and Bonnie tied the knot on August 5, 1945; she wore a wedding dress made out of Bud's parachute. Bud and Bonnie made a life in Oregon and raised 3 children, Tom, Kay and Marshall. Bud remained an Aviator his entire life and owned and managed numerous fixed based operations (FBO's). He started Springfield flying service in a Field North of town and operated it from 1946 to 1951 teaching numerous G.I.'s how to fly. He owned Roseburg Skyways for 25 years before he and his son Tom sold the business in 1984 making him officially retired and free to travel with Bonnie and go hunting, fishing with his kids and grandkids. Bud and Bonnie enjoyed numerous adventures traveling around the world and visiting exotic countries. Once such adventure involved sailing to London, England on the Queen Elizabeth 2 and retiring on the Concorde at Mach 2 (1,350 MPH), a speed Bud always wanted to achieve since "the old Hellcat and Corsair just wouldn't do it." Also to add to his achievements they bought and developed a Macadamia Nut farm in Hawaii, built a cabin on an airstrip on San Juan Island in Washington and built a cabin & airstrip on a 300 acre Ranch in Glide, OR. He and friend Roger Iverson owned a fishing and hunting lodge in British Columbia for many years. Bud lived an incredible and full life as a proud Navy Pilot, husband, father, grandfather and friend to all that knew him. He shared his love of flying and his family and hundreds of students throughout the years. He passed on his love of hunting, fishing and the adventures of the outdoors to his kids and grandchildren which is a gift that will be forever cherished. Bud will be fondly remembered and truly missed. Wes Nelson, Bud's fellow Veteran and good friend of over 90 years was able to visit the day before he died. Bud is survived by Bonnie, his beautiful wife of 71 years, children Tom (Judy), Marshall (Susan), brother Don (age 99), sister Dorothy (age 94), 4 grandchildren & 8 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Bonita Kay in 2011. There will be a Celebration of Life at the home of Marshall Good on Sunday, April 23, 2017 from 1-4pm at 2465 Devon Ave., Eugene, 97408. The family would like to thank the staff at Quail Park as well as the Peacehealth Hospice.
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