Earl Winfield "Bud" Lininger
July 10, 1944 - March 21, 2018
Earl Winfield “Bud” Lininger passed away March 21, 2018 at home surrounded by his family.
Born July 10, 1944 in Medford to Earl E. and Maurece Lininger, Bud attended public schools in Ashland and the University of Oregon (U of O) where he joined the Chi Phi fraternity. He graduated from Southern Oregon College with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration.
Bud worked for over 40 years in the family building materials business, M.C. Lininger and Sons, which merged with Tru-Mix to create LTM, Inc., and later became part of Knife River Corporation. He also was President of the Meridian Rock and Rogue Aggregates companies in White City and Central Point, respectively.
Bud loved to travel, particularly to Hawaii, and enjoyed legendary road trips with his brother and best friend, Gregg, to see the Oregon Ducks play football. He was a season ticket holder at Autzen Stadium since the 1970s, attended scores of track and field meets at Hayward Field, and was a major donor to academic scholarship funds of U of O.
A private man, Bud requested that instead of a funeral, we “party amongst ourselves.” His children honor that wish and invite all who knew him to do the same.
A lifelong Rogue Valley resident, Bud leaves a philanthropic legacy of generous support to community organizations whose programs improve the quality of life in Southern Oregon. Friends may consider a memorial donation to public services that Bud supported - Ashland Community Hospital Foundation, Ashland Family YMCA, Ashland Schools Foundation, Jefferson Public Radio, Kids Unlimited and Rogue Climate.
Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Maurece; and brother, Gregg. He is survived by his sister, Nancy; children, Shantrin, Joe, and Jay; and grandchildren, Noah, Luna, Eden, and Axayacatl.
Our Dad and Grandpa was a true family man, egalitarian, and top-shelf human. We will miss his wisdom, sound advice, gigantic heart, and epic sense of humor, forever.