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    FROM THE ROCKFORD REGISTER STAR DATED 3 FEB 2006
    LLOYD 'BUD' MARKHAM, 88 NEW PRAGUE, Minn. - Lloyd "Bud" Markham, 88, of New Prague died Feb. 1, 2006, at home. Bud had lived in New Prague for 17 years, moved to Greenville, S.C., and later to Stillman Valley, Ill. After being gone for 17 years, he and his wife returned to New Prague in summer 2004. Born July 20, 1917, in Seward, Ill., to James and Louella (Fitzpatrick) Markham. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps Dec. 8, 1941, and served in the 3rd Marine Division for two years in the South Pacific during World War II. Bud married Ella Ruth Simpson Jan. 8, 1945, in the chapel at St. Anthony Hospital in Rockford, Ill. He worked for Roper Pump Co. for more than 50 years as a manufacturer's representative. He loved his work and didn't retire until age 71. Throughout the years, he was active in Lions Club and was a charter member of Stillman Valley American Legion. In his early years, he enjoyed snowmobiling, playing basketball, coaching an amateur basketball league, horseback riding, traveling and playing bridge. Survivors include children, Marsha (Tom) Topka of New Prague and Jeffrey (Terry Benton) Markham of Bend, Ore.; grandchildren, Tasha Topka Kallal (Eric) of New Prague, Nick Topka (Julie) of Denver, Colo., Andy Topka (Michele), Amanda Markham and Molly Markham Baslow (Adam), all of Charleston, S.C.; great-grand-children, Hannah Topka, Abby Kallal, Lucy Kallal and Noah Topka. Predeceased by parents; and siblings, Mildred, Maurice and Lucille. His grandchildren served as pallbearers. Arrangements were completed at Bruzek Funeral Home, 610 E. Main St., New Prague.


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