Step-Grandchildren: Emilia & Olivia and 6 Great-Grandchildren.
Sister, Yvonne (Warren) Johnson, Sister-in-Law Delores (Louie) Czech and many nieces and nephews.
Bud grew up in Swanville, MN where he worked on the family farm until moving to the Twin Cities in about 1957. He lived with his oldest brother, Dominik, until he married Darlene.
Bud met Darlene when she was 16 and most appropriately, at a dance. They married in 1959 and went on to have four sons.
In 1967 the family moved to White Bear Lake where they called home until his final days. They made many friends and created many memories and traveled extensively with these friends throughout the years.
During this time, he worked at Huot Manufacturing for 42 years. Bud was known as being a prankster but also a very hard worker. One of Bud’s greatest challenges was the loss of an eye, however, in true Bud fashion that did not slow him down. He never complained and learned to overcome these challenges that came with it. After his retirement, he had his own lawn service, serving many auto dealerships throughout the Twin Cities and neighborhoods.
Faith, Family and Fun are the three words to describe him. He was a member of Church of St. Pius X in White Bear Lake for 57 years. He also ushered there for many years.
In 1979 he purchased his lake property and loved going to the lake every weekend. This is where numerous family memories were made. There were wild
animals, soaked tents, fireworks, campfires, kayak races and the Fourth of July celebrations to name a few. One of our fondest memories was when we entered them in the 4th of July Boat Parade wearing some questionable attire.
He was an excellent dancer and he and Darlene attended many polka fests throughout the state with friends and family. As a surprise for their fortieth wedding anniversary, we hired the Chmielewski Fun Time Band to top off their day.
Bud was a gracious servant. There wasn’t anyone, he didn’t help. If something needed to be fixed, no matter the time or day, he would be there to fix it. There were many calls in the middle of the night saying “Dad my heat went out” or when his granddaughter needed help with a mouse, just ask and he was there.
He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved hunting everything and passed his passion on to his sons, grandsons and even great-grandson. He traveled to Canada, Iowa, and Kansas to name a few and always with his boys.
Bud loved life. He loved people. And he loved his family. Don’t get us wrong, there were plenty of “you big dummy” quotes, but it was always out of love. He was proud of all his sons and the love he had for Darlene was immeasurable. Even to the end, his thoughts and concerns were for her.
The family would also like to extend a special thank you to St. Croix Hospice and their care. A very special thanks to Alissa who treated Bud with the utmost kindness and respect. She always gave her special wave to him through the window as he would watch her leave.
Through the end, his love for each of us was evident. His huge smile he gave to his daughters-in-law and grandchildren, his tight grasp in his sons’ hands, his reaching for Darlene’s hand to hold and the thumbs up when asked questions so we knew he understood us. He will be greatly missed.
A Memorial Tree was planted for Bud
We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ the staff at Cremation Society Of Minnesota | St. Paul