SIDNEY — Funeral services for Harold "Bud" Martin will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 28. Pastor Barry Fritts will officiate at the service at Plentywood Lutheran Church; interment will be in Outlook Cemetery. Bud died Monday night, Jan. 23, at Sidney Health Center; he was 83.
Bud was born at Richland, Mont., July 4, 1928, the son of John and Lucie (Fortune) Martin. In1938, the family moved to Peerless, where Bud graduated from high school in 1946 before attending a year of college at Bozeman. He married Dolores Knudson in Scobey, July 22, 1949. He worked at the Peerless elevator until Bud and Dolly moved to Outlook in 1957 where he was manager of the Farmers Elevator until his retirement. Dolly died April 19, 1987. He moved to Sidney in January of 2009, where he continued to tell stories — often late into the night! — and especially enjoyed the Molly B. and Poker Joe program on the RFD channel.
Bud was a devoted fan of the Outlook community and its people. He belonged to the Highland Lutheran Church, the Plentywood Elks Lodge, served on the Outlook Fire Department for over 30 years, including many years as chief; he was a Montana State brand inspector and served on the Outlook School Board. He and Dolly were devoted to the Outlook C & S Club, and he served on the Retirement Board for the Harvest States elevator company. Bud always had a large vegetable garden — potatoes were always his pride! He loved music and dancing; he played by ear, and worked with the concertina, harmonica or violin, until he "had" the tunes he wanted, and he never missed a fiddler's jamboree in the area. Not only was the 4th of July his birthday, but he always worked hard at making the Outlook Independence Day celebration a success, too. His infectious smile and hearty laugh would fill a room; and he was never happier than just visiting with people. He loved to tell stories, and somehow horses usually came up, because at heart, Bud was always a cowboy. As a kid Bud worked on the Harry McLeod ranch out of Peerless and trailed horses to the Wolf Point Stampede, starting a love of horses that lasted the rest of his life. The summer after he left college, he worked as a guide, wrangling dudes in Yellowstone National Park. In later years, his chaps needed to be altered but they (and the memories they held) were always favorite part of his life. He especially enjoyed participation in the 1989 Montana Centennial Cattle Drive, and enjoyed wagon trains in the Peerless and Culbertson communities. Bud will be remembered as always there to lend a helping hand.
Bud is survived by six children and their families: Cindy Nygaard and her husband, David, of Sidney; Dan and his wife, Diane; Shelley Bernhard and her husband, Bill, both of Billings; John and his wife, Karla, of Glenburn, N.D.; Bruce, and his wife, Cheryl, of Billings; and Tami Stotts and her husband, Russell, of Sidney. He is also survived by 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and by a brother, Ralph and his wife, Jo, of Golconda, Ill.
Besides his parents and his wife, Dolly, Bud was preceded in death by two brothers, Jean and Albert, and by three sisters, Dorothy Martin, Emma Loftsgaard and Anna Brannon.
His extended family also includes Margaret Free and Tess Nodlund, home caregivers who helped Bud in many ways.
A full obituary will be available later; friends may call at Fulkerson's in Plentywood.