Vito C. Ippolito
Vito Charles “Bud” Ippolito of Riverton passed away on Friday, August 18, 2017, at Memorial Medical Center after a brief illness.
He was born December 22, 1927, in Riverton, Illinois, the second son of Pasquale and Elizabeth (Marx) Ippolito. In addition to his parents, his brother Bill (William D. Ippolito) and sister Liz (Elizabeth Jockisch), both of Riverton, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Bud married Wilma Louise “Lou” Gathard on September 16, 1950. They were together for over 70 years and knew each other for most of their lives, both graduating from Riverton High School in 1945. He was drafted into the Army after graduation and was part of the peace keeping force in Korea as World War II was ending.
Bud is survived by his wife, Wilma, and daughter Patricia Ippolito Taft, son-in-law Edwin Ross Taft, grandson Ross Charles Taft, all of Williamsville, and grandson Benjamin Ray Taft of Bloomington. His youngest brother, Tom Ippolito, sister-in-law, Doris Ippolito, and nephew William G. Ippolito all of Riverton, also survive. Bud’s niece Connie Ferguson and nephew William Dove and their families were especially close to him and they survive along with several other nieces, nephews and cousins.
As one of the last remaining employees at Fiat Allis (Allis Chalmers) when they closed their Springfield plant in 1985, Bud was a machine repairman there for many years. He loved his job and often said that he never had a day when he did not want to go to work. He had many friends there and was sad to see the plant close. He also ran his own heating and air conditioning business and his mechanical expertise was used in many family houses through the years. Parts and tools for anything could be found in Bud’s garage!
After retirement from Fiat, Bud worked at Riverton High School and left there to begin another full time job: Helping care for his grandchildren. He formed an immediate bond with his grandsons and enjoyed “helping” to hold them as infants, watching the cars go by from the front porch and taking them for walks in the wagon.
Bud was a die-hard Cubs fan from the time they played in the World Series in 1945. He was able to witness their win in 2016 in the company of his daughter, son-in-law and grandson Ben. He and Ben shared a love of baseball and he regularly attended Ben’s Little League games – usually showing up on his motorcycle. Bud’s brother Tom sparked his interest in motorcycles in 1963 and he rode several different bikes until he was 83 years old.
Graveside services will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, August 23, 2017 at Camp Butler Cemetery with Reverend Jim Isaacson officiating and where military honors will be conducted. A memorial mass will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) or Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation.