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Bud Palmer
Bud Palmer

FORSYTH — Robert "Bud" Dean Palmer left this world to join his beloved wife and daughter on Wednesday, April 13, 2011, at the Rosebud Healthcare Center in Forsyth. His special niece and her husband were at this side.

Bud was born on Feb. 19, 1922, in Underwood, N.D. He joined the Navy in 1942 and while home on leave in December of 1944, he met and married the love of his life, Shirley Nelson. Bud said, "I came home on leave, borrowed two dollars from my brother, Charles, for the marriage license, and got married to Shirley. I don't think I ever paid my brother back those two dollars." After his discharge from the Navy, he and his bride moved to Colstrip, where he was employed by Foley Brothers as a shovel operator. In an interview for "Signals," a Montana Power Publication, the Rosebud Mine Manager said, "I can think of no one better to exemplify the spirit of mining at Colstrip than Bud Palmer. He was an operator's operator and his roots are buried deep in this community." On Feb. 16, 1953, Bud and Shirley were blessed with a beautiful baby girl, Gayla Marie, who was his joy and the apple of his eye. Some of Bud's favorite things in life were woodworking, star gazing, working in his yard, fishing and a good strong cup of coffee. His favorite weekend pastime was taking his bride dancing. Bud's quiet and gentle nature made him a perfect father, very special uncle to numerous nieces and nephews, and to all of the children in Shirley's day care. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Bud is survived by his special sister-in-law, Helen Palmer; his daughter's life partner, Donnell "Hippie" Barstad; numerous nieces and nephews; and his many friends and surrogate children. Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Shirley, of 66 years; daughter Gayla; his parents; and all 10 of his siblings.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Rosebud Health Care Center and Long Term Care Facility. Your kindness, love and special care of our Aunt and Uncle was appreciated more than you will ever know.

A joint celebration of the life of Bud and Shirley will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 11 a.m. at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth, with Bill Medvid officiating. Lunch will be provided at Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Forsyth following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Rosebud Foundation, PO Box 500, Forsyth, MT 59327.

Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home of Forsyth have been entrusted with the arrangements. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com .

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