Charles F. "Bud Bankes

Charles F. Charles Frederick Bankes, lovingly known as Bud, passed peacefully on Monday, November 26, 2018. He was born November 9, 1939, in Hutchinson, Kansas, the son of Ellsworth F. and Mildred (Pettit) Bankes.
At the age of five years old, he moved from Salina to Abilene with his parents when his father purchased Bankes Drug Store (formerly Whitney’s). He worked in the drug store his entire life, starting as a dish washer, then a bicycle delivery boy, soda jerk, pharmacist, junior partner, and finally, owner. Bud was active in Boy Scouts, earning his Eagle Scout and becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow. He attended two national jamborees and was a delegate to the 1957 International Jamboree in England.
Bud graduated from Abilene High School with the Class of 1957. He then attended McPherson College and the University of Kansas. Bud was united in marriage with his high school sweetheart, Linda Viola, in 1962. Following his service as a corpsman in the United States Navy in Jacksonville, Florida, Bud completed his degree at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 1968. He and Linda then returned to Abilene where he joined his father as a pharmacist at Bankes Drug Store and later opened Ricco Pharmacy. Bud was very dedicated to his clients, often going to the store in the middle of the night or on holidays to get medicine for a sick person. He retired in 2013, after selling his stores to Auburn.
Bud was proud of being part of the community of Abilene. A rodeo fan and even bigger supporter of his wife and children’s love of horses, he sponsored the barrel racing event at the Wild Bill Hickok Rodeo and created the “Bankes Barrel Racers” to give locals the opportunity to race in a professional venue. Bud was a member of the Abilene Chamber of Commerce and president for one term. Bud was also active in the Rotary Club and member of the Elks Club and First United Methodist Church.
Anyone who knew Bud knew about his love for the KU Jayhawks. Bud’s other passion was landscaping and the home he built for his family. If not behind the counter at the drug store or watching the KU game, he could be found digging and moving rocks as he landscaped the property.
Bud is survived by his wife Linda, his three children: Teddi (Craig) Domann of Colorado Springs, CO, Scott Bankes of Council Grove, KS, and Mitzi (Jon) Gose of Abilene; and by seven grandchildren: Rylee, JoJo, Brock, Claire, Keegun, Mika, and Aiden.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2:00 p.m. on December 16, 2018, at the First United Methodist Church, 601 N. Cedar, Abilene. Visitation will follow from 3 to 5 p.m. on the same day at the church.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be made to the Bud Bankes Memorial Fund, which will award a scholarship to a pharmacy school student. More details will be available at a later date.

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