Dennis Foreman “Bud” Highsmith of Welch died Thursday, Oct. 23, 2008, at the Oklahoma Veterans Center in Claremore. He was 78.

He was born Aug 27, 1930, in Welch to Roy and Ethel (Mills) Highsmith. He graduated from Welch High School in 1950.

He was a veteran of the Army, served from November, 1950 to December, 1951.

He was employed by the B.F. Goodrich Tire Company in Miami for 36 years, retiring in 1986. Shortly thereafter he took a job as a ranch foreman for the Leachman Triple L Ranch near Welch. He also worked on sale days for a period of time at the Welch Sale Barn.

He was a member of the First Christian Church of Welch and the Welch Round-up Club where he served as an officer for many years. The round-up club also made him an honorary lifetime member. He was a member of the Northeast Oklahoma Coyote Hunters Association, an Honorary Chapter Farmer of the Welch FFA and served on the Welch School Board for 12 years.

He married Maxine “Shorte” Armstrong on Sept. 20, 1952, in Bentonville, Ark. She survives, of the home.

Additionals survivors include four sons and their wives, Greg and Becky Highsmith and Chris and Vicki Highsmith, all of Vinita, Grant and Robin Highsmith of Ramona and Kyle and Lisa Highsmith of Miami; two brothers and their wives, Bob and Pat Highsmith of Miami and Tom and Georgia Lindsey of Tulsa; two sisters, Jean Pearson and husband J. R. of Pryor and Kay Lant of Citrus Heights, Calif.; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one daughter, Christie Diane; his parents, and three sisters, Bernadine Lawson, Lea Ann “Sammy” Ruark and Doretha Parker.

Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Christian Church in Miami. Officiating will be pastors, Leon Weece, Brad Canham, Wade Markham and Kevin Baker. Burial will be in Welch Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Cory Highsmith, Jesse Highsmith, Nicholas Highsmith, Hunter Highsmith, Bryant Vail and Seth Collins.

The family will receive friends beginning at 6 p.m. Monday, at the Luginbuel Funeral Home in Vinita.

Memorials are suggested to the Cowboy Junction Christian School, 27502 S 4380 Rd, Vinita, OK 74301.