Gilbert “Bud” Lafferty, 77, passed away on April 11, 2018 at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines. He was born on August 12, 1940 in Walhalla, North Dakota to Gilbert and Hilda Lafferty.

Bud was a commercial roofer. He retired from Deever Roofing. Bud was a member of Local Roofers #142, Christ the King Catholic Church and he was a 4th Degree Knight with the Knights of Columbus. He was an avid golfer and also enjoyed fishing, camping and bowling. Bud was an amazing husband, father and grandfather. He loved coaching his kid’s Little League teams and never missed a game. Bud was known as “Papa” to the many children who went to their daycare throughout the years.

Bud is survived by his loving wife, Connie; children, Shelly Bailey, Debra (Brad) Ray, Melinda Lawrence and Douglas Wambsgans; grandchildren, Sarah, Stephanie, Marcus, Joshua, Natasha, William Michael, Devin, Zachary, Matthew, Breana and Dimitrious; great-grandchildren, Chris, Lily, Liam, Bennett, Jeremiah, Riley Jo, Sylar, Kyle, Ashlyn, Myra, Brooklyn, Adelynn and Wyatt; sisters, Donna and Jan; brother, Joe; uncle, Ivan Rousseau; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family and dear friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step-father, Riley Drake; daughter, Vicky Spieker; brother, Jerry; and his son-in-law, Dave Lawrence.

The family will greet friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, 2018 with the Rosary prayed at 7 p.m. at Hamilton’s Southtown Funeral Home, 5400 SW 9th Street. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 18th at Christ the King Catholic Church, 5711 SW 9th Street followed by burial at Glendale Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the family in loving memory of Bud.

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Service Details

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
7:00 pm Rosary
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
10:30 am
Christ the King Catholic Church
5711 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa
Glendale Cemetery
Des Moines, Iowa
Hamilton's Southtown Funeral Home
5400 SW 9th Street
Des Moines, Iowa 50315
(515) 285-3911

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