It all started on Feb. 11, 1925 in Graham, Texas, the first son of Barney and Annie Osborne. They soon moved to Rawlings, Wyo. where his father worked in the oil fields. The family moved again, before his teenage years, to Skull Valley, Ariz. where he spent most of his young life. While there he worked with his family in an egg business, helped shear sheep, and worked as a cowboy on many of the ranches in the area.
At the age of 17 he enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII. He was sent to Ft. Riley, Kansas and trained as a horse soldier. However, when he went to the Philippines with the 1st Cavalry Division, he left his horse behind, and became a machine gunner in the infantry. After over four years overseas, he was discharged and returned to his home in Arizona where he worked such jobs as being part of the survey crew for the Glen Canyon Dam, a hard rock miner, and as a water well driller with his father and brother, Newt. During this time he started a new family with his wife, Jean and son, Dennis. Bud was hired by the Bureau of Reclamation as a welder and worked on dredges in Needles, Calif., Parker, Ariz. and finally Ehrenberg, Ariz. Getting tired of moving, he transferred to Hoover Dam and the Grand Coulee Dam, where he retired in 1981,with 30 years of government service.
Bud spent most of the next 35 years in Heron where he lost his first wife and remarried his childhood sweetheart, Peggy Patterson Miller, whom he hadn't seen in almost 60 years. He spent his time in Heron hunting, fishing, woodworking, building, and helping his son find land and build a home in Troy.
He loved Montana, and it was hard to get him to leave the state. He was preceded in death by his parents and little brother. He is survived by his wife, son, step-children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, a large extended family and a host of life long friends. A special mention goes to Becky Riggins, who provided care and companionship the last year of his life, Ted Lammot and Kevin Perry who were like "second sons" and Frank Friedlander whom he loved as another brother. He will be sorely missed. May God hold him close and give him another great "Adventure..
Family and friends are invited to sign Bud’s online guest book at coffeltfuneral.com.
Arrangements are under the care of Coffelt Funeral Service.