Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 19, 2013

Ewart W. ‘Bud’ Moyer


---- — TRAVERSE CITY — Ewart W. “Bud” Moyer passed on to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 6, at French Manor Assisted Living in Traverse City. Bud and Jeanne (his wife) resided there and she, along with their daughter, Kathy, were by his bedside when he passed away.

Bud was born on Jan. 27, 1924, to Clare and Gladys Moyer in Flint and later moved to Ypsilanti, where he grew up.

Bud served in the U.S. Army in Italy in World War II and upon his return married Lugenia (Jeanne) Renton in Ypsilanti on June 29, 1946.

Bud graduated from Rochester Institute of Photography in New York in 1949 and went on to enjoy a long and fulfilling career as a portrait photographer and was also a talented pencil and pastel artist.

He and Jeanne moved to Traverse City to begin their family and his career which spanned over 35 years.

He had a great passion and energy for capturing the essence of each personality in the photos that he took, whether it be graduation, wedding, family portrait or children and for many other special occasions. He wanted to credit the support staff and his many colleagues he had over the years for their talents and friendship for the success of his business. He had the privilege of photographing many generations of the families that he served over the years. He also had the honor to photograph the actors and actresses from the entertainment business from Hollywood as they came to perform at the Cherry County Playhouse. He was recognized in his field by his peers with many honors over the years as well as lecturing, appearing in multiple publications and was an internationally known judge of professional photography.

After moving to Traverse City a daughter, Kathy (William) Weber, was born in 1950 and a son, Kevin, was born in 1953.

Bud, Jeanne and family were active members of First Congregational Church and made many wonderful friendships there.

Bud and Jeanne retired to New Smyrna Beach, Fla., in 1985 and continued their active lifestyle in their new community. They would return to Traverse City for a few weeks each summer to spend time with their family and enjoy the beautiful Northern Michigan summers. While in Florida they enjoyed making new friends, were involved in a variety of sports and were active members of the First Presbyterian Church there. Bud enjoyed doing volunteer work and was a handyman and on the board at the condo complex where they lived.

He was predeceased by a brother, Robert Moyer; and a sister, Joan Gregory.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Jeanne; daughter, Kathy Weber; and son, Kevin Moyer. In addition, he is survived by a sister, Marguerite Bailey, of Florida; a half-brother, Richard Moyer; a half-sister, Jackie; as well as a nephew and cousins.

The family wishes to thank the caring staff of Evergreen Cottage at the Pavilions as well as the loving staff at French Manor and in Bud’s final days, Hospice of Northwest Michigan for their excellent care.

Memorials may be directed to the Parkinson’s Foundation or Hospice of Northwest Michigan.

The family is planning a private memorial service at a later date.

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The family was served by Covell Funeral Home, where cremation has taken place.