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Obituary: Wade (Bud) Kumlien

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Wade (Bud) Kumlien passed away in Bozeman, MT, on July 18, 2017, of natural causes. Bud was 92 and a resident at Spring Creek Inn.  Born in Elgin, IL, on November 12, 1924, to LL and Fern Kumlien, he was preceded in death by his wife, Margaret (Lamoreaux) Kumlien; his parents, Fern and LL; and sister, Ellen (Kumlien) Larson.  Bud is survived by his three children, son, David (Karyn) Kumlien of Bozeman; daughters, Chris (Terry) Syme of Bozeman and Nancy (Dave) Garry of Aloha, OR.  Bud was a proud Grandpa and Great Grandpa!  His six grandchildren are Kristopher (Andrea) Kumlien of Bozeman, US Army CPT Kevin (Danelle) Kumlien of Durham, NC, Rebecca Syme of Bozeman, Dr. Maggie (Benny Rizkallah) Syme of Manhattan, KS, Vanessa Garry of Portland, OR and US Army Staff SGT Matthew Garry of Honolulu, HI.  His 7 great grandchildren are Bailey (9), Kinzie (5), and Karder Wade (2) Kumlien of Bozeman; Kaiya (4), Kailey (2) and Kaisley (2) Kumlien of Durham, NC, and Lucy Christine Rizkallah (5months!) of Manhattan, KS.  
Bud grew up in Dundee, IL, where his father, LL, worked for D Hill Nursery Company.  A self-described “bit of a troublemaker”, Bud was shipped off to attend military school at New Mexico Military Institute “to help build his character!”  After two years at NMMI, he returned home to Dundee to find his friends had gone to fight in WWII.  So, Bud joined the Army Air Corps and trained to fly B-25’s.  He loved to fly, and he could tell stories about his B-25 training till the cows came home!  Finishing his training about the time the war ended, he was discharged and returned to work in the Kumlien Nursery which his Dad had started in Janesville, Wisconsin.  Bud attended Ohio State University to study landscape design and later transferred to and graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in landscape architecture.

It was in Janesville that Bud met the love of his life, Margaret Anne Lamoreaux.  They were introduced one summer evening at the home of a mutual acquaintance.  Bud summoned the courage to ask Margaret to a dance, and they began dating. The relationship blossomed, and they were married in Janesville on July 17, 1948.  Bud continued to run Kumlien Nursery, and he and Margaret raised their three children in their home located on the Kumlien Nursery property.  In the early 1960’s, Bud and Margaret designed and Bud built a new family home at 153 Hillside Court.  Margaret loved to entertain in her new home.  They had a group of good friends, and they delighted in hosting parties.  Music was always an integral part of these events with Mom playing the piano, Dad the trombone, and their friends joining in.

In 1950, Bud had helped his father-in-law, Ed Lamoreaux, build a cabin on Big Lake near Boulder Junction, Wisconsin. During the summers, Margaret and the children would spend several weeks at the beautiful Big Lake cabin, and on the weekends, Bud would make the nearly 300 mile round trip from Janesville.  He enjoyed his time at the cabin with his family going fishing, swimming, and pitching horseshoes.  One year, he bought a water ski boat, and the family took up water skiing.  Daughter, Chris, really took to the sport and became a nationally ranked water ski jumper, and a member of the Rock Aqua Jays, a nationally renowned precision water skiing club that operated on the Rock River near Janesville.  Bud enjoyed golfing, too, he and Margaret were active golfing members of Janesville Country Club, and later at the Riverside CC, and Valley View Golf Club in Bozeman.  

In the mid-60’s, Bud sold Kumlien Nursery and took a job as the Assistant Director of the Department of Architecture and Planning at the University of Wisconsin in Madison.  Bud oversaw dramatic growth in the U of Wisconsin system and was responsible for 13 U of Wisconsin campuses. His boss, Bert Anderson, said that “I hired Bud for his remarkable people skills and his ability to talk about and clearly and concisely present our many U of W projects to the Building Commission, the Legislature, and the Governor’s office!”  Bert said, “Bud was adept at explaining the concepts and the needs of the campus projects and shaking the necessary funding out of the plum tree!”

While he enjoyed the U of W job, the 100 mile-per-day commute from Janesville to Madison was tiring.  Following graduation from college, his son, Dave, had moved to Montana, and Bud visited him in Bozeman and enjoyed the town and its amenities, especially the fly fishing for trout! Bud found an ad for a job in the physical plant at Montana State University, applied, interviewed, and was offered the job.  He successfully used negotiating ability to talk his somewhat reluctant Margaret into the move from Janesville, her home town.  Bud loved his job and his workmates at MSU, and he loved Bozeman.  He and Margaret, who grew to like Bozeman, too, made many great new Bozeman friends.  Daughters, Nancy and Chris, moved to Bozeman, met their future husbands, and were both married in Bozeman.  After Bud retired from MSU, he worked for Dave in his Bozeman fly fishing shop, Montana Troutfitters. “Dad’s enthusiasm for fly fishing was infectious, and he was a great asset in the fly shop”, says son, Dave. 

Bud was a good husband, a fine father, and friend to many.  For the past few years, Dementia had steadily overtaken him and robbed him of his short-term memory, and it became increasingly difficult for him to have conversations.  As a great talker and story-teller, it was, at times, quite frustrating for him.  Still, right up to the end, Bud always had a quick smile and a solid hand shake or hug for his family and friends. God bless you Dad!  We know you’re under the Lord’s wings, you are reunited with Mom and your loved ones, you have a new body, and experience no more sorrow, no more pain.  We love you! 

At this time, a memorial service has not been planned.  Bud was a proud Veteran and ardent fly fisherman, and in lieu of flowers, his family suggests friends make a gift in Bud’s memory to Warriors and Quiet Waters, Bozeman’s therapeutic fly fishing program for post 9/11 disabled veterans.  Information on giving to WQW may be found at https://warriorsandquietwaters.org/ or gifts may be mailed to Warriors and Quiet Waters Foundation, 1087 Stoneridge Dr. Suite 1, Bozeman, MT 59718.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service, www.dokkennelson.com

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