Delmer Lee (Bud) Ivy went to his heavenly mansion to join his wife Nancy Jean on June 17, 2020, at the age of 83 years. He passed away suddenly of heart failure at Katy Memorial Hospital. He was born in Eldorado, Texas February 18, 1937, the son of Leo and Rosalee Ivy.
He grew up as a typical young man of his time. He worked as a roughneck in the oil field, a truck driver and a ranch hand. As a young man working as a ranch hand, He broke his left arm while breaking wild horses and had a steel rod inserted into the bone. He told stories of how his family moved from ranch to ranch while living in a tent.
Then it happened, a pretty young girl caught his eye and his family legacy began. Nancy Jean Turner, of Sanderson, Texas, soon became his new lease on life and they married on December 27, 1956 and made their home in Sheffield, Texas. They later moved to Sealy, Katy and Brookshire before settling in Sealy, Texas again.
In 1969 they purchased an Exxon Service Station in Brookshire, (Ivy’s Garage and Service Station) and operated it for 10 years. He then moved to Stabilized Materials Company, where he grew their facility from three locations to seven. In pursuit of his true calling, he purchased two 18-wheelers in 1982 and started 3-way Trucking. He drove from Sealy, Texas to New York City and everywhere in between. With Nancy accompanying him on many of his trips, he hauled everything from sand to hazardous material. After millions of miles and about 20 years on the road, he went to work for Willy at Ivy‘s Garage for 10 years and finally retired to work on small engines at his home in Sealy Texas.
Bud is survived by two sisters, Rose Steen of Wharton Texas and Louise Childs of Beaumont Texas; his five children; William (Willy) Lee Ivy and his wife Lisa of Pattison, Texas; Shelly Ann Goodnight and husband, Charles of Abilene, Texas; Brenda Joy Girsh and her husband, Stephen of Hillsboro Texas; Lori Lynn Rider and her husband, Todd of New Braunfels, Texas and Johnny Ray Ivy and his wife Karen of Trinity Texas. He is also survived by 17 grandchildren, 23 great-grandchildren and many other family and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nancy Jean Ivy, his parents Leo and Rosalie Ivy, two brothers Willie Leo Ivy and Truitt Wayne Ivy and a sister Ann Smith.
Visitation with the family was held on Sunday, June 21, 2020, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Knesek Bros. Hwy 36 Funeral Chapel located at 1140 Meyer St., Sealy. A funeral service was held on Monday, June 22, 2020, at 10 a.m. at Knesek Bros. Hwy 36 Funeral Chapel. Interment followed at San Felipe Cemetery in San Felipe.
Funeral arrangements under the directions of: Knesek Bros. Funeral Chapel 768 Fourth St., Sealy, Texas 979-885-3535 www.knesekfuneralhome.com.