Lyle “Bud” Vernon Larson passed away December 16, 2013. Lyle was born in Salem Township, Pierce County, WI January 1, 1936, the son of Arthur R. Larson and Anna Ebensperger Larson. 1936 was the winter of record snow and cold. Lyle’s father went after the doctor with his team and sleigh .After Lyle’s birth his Dad took the doctor back to Maiden Rock with the sleigh. Lyle grew up on a small dairy farm near Maiden Rock, WI. He enlisted in the Navy January 15, 1957. He was in the Navy Sea Bees and stationed in Guam and Alaska. His favorite time in the service was Kodiak, Alaska trekking through the bear trails to fish. He said he and his Buddies never did see a bear. Lyle was honorably discharged January 13, 1961 and had attained an E-5 rank. He was an excellent shot having grown up hunting so one of his military jobs was teaching on the rifle range. The Sea Bees did a lot of building and concrete work when he was in Guam. In Alaska their focus was roads and bridges.
Lyle’s sister, Shirley, said “We learned to love poetry and non-fiction from our Mother and we easily learned to recite, and I remember doing “The Highwayman” on the phone with Lyle not too many years ago. I have to take some credit for Lyle being such a good reader because I brought books home from school and read to him and he would keep requesting his favorite ones again and again until he almost knew the whole book by heart. I also insisted that he start school when he was five because I was to be in the eighth grade that same year and would have missed going to school with him at all, and I wanted to be there to protect him until he could fend for himself. He was also so tender hearted; he would cry if the story got too sad. He had a little book that said “This little chick is filled with fright. For he is lost and it is night ” That made him so sad that his sister , Alice , cut out a round yellow circle and pasted it over the moon and told him the chick couldn’t get lost now because the sun was shining, and that took care of it. Nancy, my daughter, remembers how much Lyle played with them and called my kids “City Slickers.” One time he poured gasoline all around the camp site and lit it. Scott, my son, said Lyle told them that was to keep the snakes away. All of my children were very proud of their Uncle Bud.
Lyle’s love of reading continued to his death. He was gifted with a wonderful memory and was very knowledgeable of World History , U.S. History , Peoples of the World , the Wars fought in our country as well as those fought in foreign countries, and he could recite so many poems from memory. He especially appreciated the Rosebud County Library since he retired. 13 years of great reading.
Lyle married Grace Baker on December 30, 1982 in Spokane, Washington. They moved to Rosebud County in 1983 settling on Kraus Lane in 1984. Lyle was very proud of the work he did on our home, his yard, garden, the hay shed, tractor shed, and chicken house that he built. He always changed the oil on all of our equipment and vehicles. It would have been an insult to take it to someone else.
Lyle has farmed, ran heavy equipment, done lots of concrete and carpentry work. He was the Colstrip Schools Pine Butte Custodian for close to 16 years. He retired in 2001 then worked harder than ever fixing his place up. Travels took us to The Grand Canyon, San Diego, Yellowstone, Glacier, all of the West Coast, and at least 12 trips to the Big Horn Battlefield. Each time we had company they would want to see the battlefield. We would take our horses to ride in the Big Horns, Yellowstone, and the Absarokas. Lyle especially enjoyed his mare, Fawn. She is a Tennessee Walker and smooth as glass to ride.
Lyle is survived by his wife , Grace , his sister , Shirley ( Dean ) Olson , his sister , Violet , Nieces , Nephews , Great Nieces and Nephews , ( way too many to list and he loved them all ) , his step children , Kevin Bach , Keith ( Cecie) Bach , Rene ( Steve ) Gilles , Dan ( Jill ) Oellrich , many step grandchildren , and a Great Granddaughter as well as Sisters In Law , Alice Kranzler and Shirley Jacobson. He and his step granddaughter, Amber, spent many hours together since she stayed with us summers when she was a little girl . Lyle was preceded in death by his parents , Arthur & Anna Larson , his step-daughter , Robin Bach , his brother , Lloyd ( Grace ) Larson , Sisters Mabel ( Glen ) Young , Isabell ( David ) Johnson , Grace ( Don ) Heinz , Alice ( Earl ) Martin , his nephews , Art ( Opal ) Larson , Bernard ( Becky ) Larson , Gary Johnson , Ronald ( Jackie) Johnson , Steven Olson , and a niece , Wilma ( John ) Kedrowski .
A Celebration of Lyle’s Life will be at held Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth Saturday, December 21, 2012 at 11:00am.Chaplin Major Art McCaffrey will officiate. His family will also Celebrate His Life in Maiden Rock, WI in the spring for his many friends and family members. His urn will be buried with Military Honors next to his step-daughter, Robin, at the Murray Memorial Cemetery, Lonepine, Montana. Memorials may be made to The Rosebud Health Care Center Foundation PO Box 500 Forsyth, MT 59347 or the charity of your choice.