Friday, December 31, 2010

Wilford Allen "Bud" Hulbert

Wellsville, NY - Wilford Allen "Bud" Hulbert, 92, died peacefully in his sleep on Friday, December 31, 2010 at the Jewish Home of Rochester, NY. Mr. Hulbert, a Coudersport, PA native, was the son of Allen and Ada (Seavey) Hulbert. He attended Coudersport PA schools, graduating from Lewisville Vocational High School in 1936. He married the love of his life, Yetta D. Yahn in 1940. He was employed by Brownhill and Kramer, Inc. of Coudersport prior to the war. He was a WW-II Veteran, serving as a Top-Turret Gunner in a B-24 Bomber with the 15th U.S. Army Air Force in the European Theatre of Operation; where he flew 50 combat missions. Mr. Hulbert holds five Battle Stars for Air Combat, three Oak Leaf Clusters and a Presidential Unit Citation.

"Bud" and Yetta moved from Coudersport PA to Wellsville, NY in 1956 and owned and operated Wellsville's Western Auto Store for many years. In addition, Bud enjoyed 25 years of driving school bus for Wellsville Central Schools and delivering "Meals on Wheels" for several years. After retirement, he and Yetta embraced being "snow-birds"; travelling to Yuma, AZ and back each year, where they were members of a senior's motorcycle club known as the "Over the Hill Gang". Mr. Hulbert was a past member of the Coudersport Odd Fellows, Coudersport Eulalia Lodge #342, Coudersport Consistory, American Legion and the Wellsville First United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hulbert was predeceased by his wife, Yetta, a son, Thomas Erwin Hulbert and daughter-in-law, Marelie Widniekiewicz Hulbert. He is survived by two sons, Richard Hulbert of Virginia Beach and George (Edie) Hulbert of Rochester, one daughter, Delia (Jeff) Rhodes of Rochester, six grandchildren Sonja (Chuck) Loss, Richard A. Hulbert, Matthew (Anna) Rhodes and Elizabeth Rhodes, Eric Sauers and Renee (Brian) Lindberg, six great grandchildren, Courtney and Sylvia Conner, Blake Hulbert, Ethan, Evelyn and Elijah Rhodes and one great-great grandson, Joshua Allen Mc Andrews.

Friends are invited to call on Sunday from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the J. W. Embser Sons Funeral Home Inc. in Wellsville. The funeral will be Monday, January 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM in the Wellsville First United Methodist Church with Rev. Jerry Ward presiding. Burial will be in Eulalia Cemetery in Coudersport. Memorial donations are suggested to the American Cancer Society or the Wellsville United Methodist Church. To leave online condolences, please visit


  1. Bud was a really nice guy, rightfully proud of his service during World War II. Our thoughts are with his family.
    Paul Heimel/Coudersport

  2. I am so sorry to here of Bud's passing. I went to work for Bud and Yetta in 1956 at the Western Auto store and was quickly accepted and treated as a member of the family. They were wonderful caring people ,I will always have a place in my heart and fond memories for having the privilege of knowing these fine people. God bless Bud I know he is in a good place. My thoughts go out to Dick, George and Delia in this time of sorrow.

  3. To me Bud was that kind humble fellow that always smiled at the Western Auto store where I bought my first bike. I didn't know until now that he was another courageous hero that helped make it possible for all of us to remain free. I am honored to have known him.

  4. Karen Matteson WeinhauerJanuary 3, 2011 at 11:18 AM

    "Bud" was our bus driver for many years. My brother Scott would watch his dog "Tippy" while him and Yetta went on vacation.
    Bud was the one of the kindest people I have known.
    On behalf of my entire family, our thoughts are with his family.