Earl “Bud” Edward Nielsen

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Mr. Earl “Bud” Edward Nielsen, 80, of Ruthven passed away Thursday, Oct. 18, 2007, at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Services were held Monday, Oct. 22, 2007, at Warner Chapel in Spenecr. Rev. Steven Ellerbusch officiated the services.

Earl Edward (Bud) Nielsen, the son of Antone Chris Nielsen and Kirsten (Nielsen) Nielsen was born near Granville. They moved to a farm between Gillett Grove and Webb, when he was a young boy.  He received his education in the Gillett Grove School and joined the Army during his Senior year. He served in WW II from December 1946 until May 1948, stationed in Germany and Austria. He often bragged about having to drive the General around the country.

Bud married Lorna Klatt in 1948. He ran a gas station in Royal and later they moved to Spencer, where he worked for Spencer Foods for 20 years. Bud married Shirley (VandeMark) Foote May 7, 1976.  They were over the road truck drivers and came home one weekend to find their favorite bar closed, so they bought it and ran the Alibi Lounge for 21 years. After retirement, they moved to Lost Island Lake near Ruthven.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers: Howard and Roy; two sisters: Marian Christensen and Ingrie Alger and her husband, Orrin; and one infant granddaughter, Lisa Foote.

Bud is survived by his wife, Shirley of Ruthven; two daughters:  Becky Ricketts and husband, Ron of Spencer, and Paulette Edwards of White Plains, Md.; one son, Rick Nielsen and wife, Lori of Spencer; five step-children: Debbie Daugherty of Dickens, Gwen Schwemmer and husband, Mark of Clarkston, Wash., Mike Foote and wife, Debra of Marshall, N.C., Linda Tennant and husband, Dave of Honey Creek, and Tammy Nelson of Scottsdale, Ariz.; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandsons; one brother-in-law, Milton Christensen of Royal; and one sister-in-law, Mary Rodgers of Webb.

Warner Funeral Home of Spencer is in charge of arrangements.