Melvin “Bud” Aylett

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Melvin “Bud” Aylett

Melvin “Bud” Aylett passed into eternity on Feb. 5, 2020, surrounded by his family at his home in The Woodlands, Texas.

He was born May 27, 1942, in Woodward, Oklahoma, the only son of Kenneth and Lillie Aylett. The family lived in the country until moving to Laverne, Oklahoma, when Bud was a teenager.

He started going steady with Christina Ann Luinstra in January 1959, and they became engaged during their senior year at Laverne High School. The “best-looking boy” in the Class of 1960, Bud lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track all four years and was selected as the Homecoming Football Captain his senior year.

Bud and Christina were married on April 20, 1961. After multiple moves and various jobs, Bud and Chris chose to raise their family in Perryton, Texas, where they lived from 1974 until 1998. They then moved to the country near Hardesty, Oklahoma, to a place they named Cozy Creek. Bud had dreamed about owning his own country place since his childhood. They raised cattle and made fun out of hard work.

Their next move was to fulfill Chris’ dream of owning a home in the city and chose The Woodlands in 2010. They continued to spend time in both places. They created a lifetime of love, joy, and adventure in sharing almost 59 years. Among their many travels, they visited all 50 states, seeing the majestic wonders across the United States.

Bud is survived by his loving soulmate Christina; their three daughters and sons-in-law, Dr. Valerie Aylett and Ken Kaempffe of the Los Angeles area, Julie and David Vickers of Shenandoah, Texas, and Kristie Aylett and Richard Dean of Diamondhead, Mississippi. Bud said that his three daughters were his greatest accomplishment and the source of much pride and joy.

Other survivors include his sisters Anita Frey and Frances Nelson and many nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his parents, Kenneth and Lillie Aylett, and his sister, Wilma Moore.

Bud worked in the oil industry for much of his career. He retired as a Production Foreman in 2006 after 20 years with Kaiser Francis Oil Company.

His strong faith in God helped him through many tough times, and he enjoyed his service as the Sunday School Superintendent for the Full Gospel Church of Perryton for many years. Family and friends will miss his laugh and share memories of his numerous acts of kindness and generosity.

Bud was a registered organ and tissue donor and donated his body to science. Bud’s spirit has gone to join his Heavenly Father as well as his previously departed family and friends. The family will hold a private Celebration of Life to honor his legacy.

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