Budd was born in Bismarck, North Dakota on December 20, 1936. He attended Clearbrook, Minnesota schools before moving to Eastern Montana.
Early in his work life, Budd worked in the oilfields of Montana, North Dakota, and Wyoming before starting Budd’s Backhoe Service in Glendive, Montana. He operated this company in various capacities for many years. He also took his unique skill set on the road working for Northern Line Layers, Quanta, and most recently Crawford’s Construction of Baker, Montana. His passion for running heavy equipment spawned his favorite saying, “Find something you enjoy doing and it won’t seem like work.”
When Budd met the Lord 40 years ago, he took that relationship seriously as he walked with God the rest of his days. Budd lived his life reflecting his love for his Savior. He summarized his favorite scripture, Genesis 1:1 as, “In the beginning GOD… – If you don’t believe that, then you will not believe anything else you read in the Bible. “
Budd’s love for his family was equally important to him. He loved teaching them the joys of camping and fishing or how to be mischievous while playing a game of cards. Whatever the family endeavor, Budd made sure laughter was the key ingredient.
Budd is survived by: Jane (Goosen), his wife of 62 years; two daughters Nila (Craig) Ingram and Lila (Mike) Bolme; three grandsons Nick (Afton) Bolme, Michael (Ansley Sego) Bolme and Zachary Ingram; one granddaughter Grace (Chris) Traba; and one great granddaughter Evelyn Bolme.