October 15, 1921 - July 19, 2014 OKLAHOMA CITY Marvin Offutt "Bud" Breeding was born October 15, 1921, in Oklahoma City, the son of Marvin Buford and Ida Otillia (Offutt) Breeding. He completed this life Saturday, July 19, 2014, at his home in Oklahoma City at the age of 92. He was preceded in death by his parents; as well as his brother, Charles. He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Sharon Collins; his daughters, Shannan Hancock Muse and her son, Luke; and Georgie Colson and her son, Shane Faulk; his sister-in-law, Mallieve Breeding, of Selma, AL; his two precious nieces, Nancy Smith, of Selma, AL; and Beverly Perkins, of Sylacuaga, AL; as well as a huge Collins family of in-laws, whom he dearly loved. Bud attended Central High School and earned a BA from the University of Oklahoma, where he also participated in the last mounted ROTC. In his military life, Bud served in Europe during WWII, the Korean Conflict and was decorated with the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart, the Army Commendation Medal, European Theater Medal with two battle stars and the Korean Theater Medal with three battle stars. In his professional and civic life, Bud was active in the insurance business for 68 years. For many years, he flew his own plane to serve customers spanning from Pennsylvania to the Gulf of Mexico. He was Past President of both the Oklahoma City and the Oklahoma Association of Insurance Agents, Past President of Neighborhood Centers, Past President of the Oklahoma Chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and served seven years on the National Board of Trustees of that organization. He was a member of Oklahoma City Golf & Country Club, where he enjoyed many years of golf with his "Dawg" friends. Bud served on the Oklahoma State Fair Board for 40 years and visited the grounds frequently, admiring all of the positive changes which have taken place over the years. He once commented, "I enjoy the people; this is the reward we get in most any area in which we get involved -- the friends we make and the people we meet from all over the country. When you start trying to give back, it is not about a personal agenda or any credit, it is about doing what needs to be done." He was an Honorary Vice President of the American Quarter Horse Association, the largest equine breed organization in the world, and was instrumental in bringing the World Championship Show to Oklahoma City about 40 years ago. Bud was inducted into both the American Quarter Horse and the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Halls of Fame. Bud had been Youth Advisor of the OQHYA on three occasions, always reminding us that they are our future. Bud had requested some time ago that memorials may be made to the American Quarter Horse Foundation, Oklahoma Youth Scholarship Fund, 1600 Quarter Horse Dr, Amarillo, TX 79104. A memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Monday, July 28, 2014, in the Church of the Servant, 14343 N. MacArthur Blvd., OKC, with a reception following.

Published in The Oklahoman on July 27, 2014