Roy H. “Bud” Earles

Roy H. “Bud” Earles, age 87, of Valley City, ND, died Monday, December 10th at Mercy Hospital in Valley City. A funeral mass will be celebrated at 11:00 AM on Monday, December 17th at St. Catherine’s Catholic Church in Valley City. Visitation will be held on Sunday from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the Lerud Schuldt Funeral Home and one hour before the service at the church on Monday morning. A prayer service will be held at 7:00 PM on Sunday evening at the funeral home. Interment will be in Memory Gardens Cemetery near Valley City.
Roy Harry “Bud” Earles, the son of Ethalbert and Mary (Henricks) Earles, was born July 18, 1925 on the family farm near Tower City, ND. Bud was born the eighth of nine children. Bud had four older siblings who were his mentors and his guardians when he was a toddler. They dubbed him Little Buddy or Bud, a name that stayed with him all of his life. Bud attended a one room school in rural Cass County through eighth grade. Bud was raised and worked on the family farm and came of age during the Great Depression. Bud often told stories of doing a man’s job hauling bundles for threshing crews at the age of twelve. Bud loved farm work and hard work and all of his life he was known for his work ethic and physical size. He also liked to play baseball and ride horses on the farm. Bud loved to box, although he never fought professionally, he went toe to toe with many local pugilists in his day. Bud always shared stories of training and sparring with Ben “Dynamite” Kuhry. In 1947, while working for his sister and brother-in-law on their farm, Bud met their boarder who was the school teacher for the one room school down the road. The new teacher, Catherine Mary Wagner, became the love of his life. They were united in marriage on July 21, 1948 at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Wimbledon, ND. This union brought seven children and 38 years of loving marriage until Catherine’s death in 1986. In 1950, Bud and Cathy drove the Alcan Highway homesteading outside of Anchorage in the US Territory of Alaska. He was a true pioneer who lead the way and eventually Bud and Cathy each had three brothers join them in Alaska. In 1954, Bud and Cathy returned to Valley City where he worked construction for the Barnes County Highway Department. Bud also worked for Clug and Smith Construction and helped build the malt plant at Spiritwood, ND for nearly 15 years. Everyone at the Spiritwood side knew him as “The King”. Bud retired in 1990 and then began working for Memory Gardens Cemetery for ten more years. He was asked why he didn’t enjoy his hobbies in retirement, he said he did, his hobby was work. Bud was a member of the Greatest Generation. He passed on his work ethic and love of the simple life to his children. He always loved livestock and a garden and all of the bounty they could provide. He was a good man, a good friend and a wonderful father.
Bud is survived by his five daughters, Mary Christianson, Centennial, CO, LeeAnn (Jack) O Connor, Andover, MN, Lorene (Scott) Axell, Dalbo, MN, Karen Earles-Anderson, Fargo, ND and Jody (Steve) Bocklage, Marthasville, MO; one son, Rockne (Heather) Earles, Valley City, ND; one sister, Phyllis Fredrickson, Federal Way, WA; 14 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild.
Bud was preceded in death by his wife, one infant son, his parents, four brothers, three sisters and one infant granddaughter.