Irving C. Talbot, Jr., 87, passed away February 3, 2020

Irving C. “Bud” Talbot, Jr., 87, of St. Joseph, passed away on Monday, February 3, 2020.

A Celebration of Life Service will take place on Saturday, February 8, at 11 AM at Starks & Menchinger Chapel, 2650 Niles Rd., St. Joseph, with Pastor Ronald Schmidt officiating. Friends may visit with the family from 9:30 AM until the time of the service. A private family burial will take place at a later time at Prospect Hills Cemetery in Cassopolis. Memorial contributions may be made to Shriner’s Children Hospital. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at

Bud was born on May 25, 1932, in Benton Harbor to Irving, Sr. & Erma (Patzlaoff) Talbot. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1950 and continued his education at Ferris State University where he earned a degree is pharmaceutical science. After graduation, Bud proudly enlisted in the United States Army where he worked as an engineer and pharmacist in Korea. Once he returned home, Bud married the love of his life, Sally Connelly, on August 20, 1955, in Benton Harbor. In 1956, Bud & his brother, Roy, bought their father’s old pharmacy and renamed it Talbots Drug Store. In 1995, the drug store was sold to Rite-Aid but Bud continued to happily serve his community as a pharmacist for another 25 years until he retired at the age of 86. One of Bud’s most notable achievements was becoming The Imperial Potentate for the Shriners, he would travel every few days visiting all of the chapters in Michigan and getting to know all of the members on a personal level. Another passion of his was traveling the world, it would be hard to name a country he hasn’t been to. Bud would often times take his children and grandchildren with him on his worldly adventures. He was a proud member of Peace Lutheran Church, enjoyed golfing and going to Twin City Players to watch musicals with his family. Bud was an incredible, hard working and loyal man who loved helping people, he will be missed dearly by all who knew him.

Bud is survived by his son, Irving “Tom” Talbot; grandchildren, Jason Luttrell, Jeremy (Amanda) Tollas, Erin Talbot, and Ashley (Michael) McCammond; great-grandchildren, Madison, Austin, Jayden, Cameron, Tye, Kade, Adalyn, and Annabelle; sister, Jane Brannock; and son-in-law, Rod McAlvey.

Bud was preceded in death by his loving wife of 50 years, Sally; parents, Irving, Sr. & Erma; daughters, Lyn Tollas McAlvey and Martha Luttrell; granddaughter, Sarah Luttrell; and brother, Roy Talbot. 

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