Luther “Bud” Gabbard, 93, of Connersville, Indiana, went to be with the Lord Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2022 at Reid Hospital.

One of eleven children of Ellis Gabbard and Beatrice Venable, Luther was born November 14, 1928 in Jackson County, Kentucky.

On October 8, 1952, he married Grace Davis in Macedonia Ridge, Kentucky. At age 26, Luther and his family moved to Connersville.

A veteran, he served as Quarter Master in the United States Army during the Korean War, from which he valiantly earned a Purple Heart.

Luther worked in the coal mines in Kentucky. He also worked at a lumberyard, Lamberts Furniture, D&M, J&J Packaging, Custom Extrusion, and for the Fayette County Highway Department.

Besides spending time with his family, Luther’s favorite hobbies included beekeeping, gardening, coon hunting, deer hunting, fishing, mowing his lawn, watching Westerns, and feeding the birds. He was also the official “taste tester” for his granddaughters’ cooking.

Survivors include two daughters, Johnnie (William) Scott and Bobbi (Sidney) Curtsinger, both of Connersville; three granddaughters, Crystal (William) Knippenberg of Laurel, Indiana, Naskietta (Adam) Ripberger and Mystic Curtsinger, both of Connersville; two great grandchildren, Kendra Ladd and Elijah Knippenberg of Laurel, Indiana; and one sister, Geraldene Duvall.

He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Grace Julian Gabbard, who went to be with the Lord July 16, 2018; nine siblings; and two great grandsons, Abraham and Olyver Ripberger.

Friends may visit from 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2022 at Miller, Moster, Robbins Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, May 6, 2022 at the funeral home with Pastor Mal Gibson officiating. Burial with military honors conducted by the Fayette County Veterans Council will follow at Everton Cemetery.

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