Bud H. Visser was born on Oct. 20, 1926, in Manhattan to Henry I. and Maggie Visser, the second of 12 children.
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Bud was a man of prayer and walked close with his Lord and Savior. He never hesitated to express his faith in Jesus. The last weeks of his life he often spoke of his deep longing to be at home with Jesus, and we are confident that Dad is now rejoicing with Him. After a short, courageous battle with cancer, Bud went home to be with Jesus on May 24, 2008.
He attended school through the eighth grade. His help was then needed to help on the family farm by Amsterdam.
He worked for Arie TeSelle near Bozeman for a while, also working in Washington during the summers. He then moved to Michigan to work and to find a wife.
He met Bernice Hoven on the assembly line at Keeler Brass, a manufacturing business, and they were married on Jan. 10, 1952. They moved to Amsterdam and lived their first year together in "Fisher's apartment" behind the body shop, like many newlyweds did back then. They were blessed with six children.
In 1953, the Vissers moved to the family home on Huffine Lane, where they farmed, raised livestock, hogs and chickens. They delivered eggs to many businesses and homes in the Bozeman area until Bud "retired" at 65. He continued farming and raising cattle until last year, when he changed professions and helped his son and daughter-in-law build their new home.
Bud loved the challenge of doing something so different, and was always cheerful and so knowledgeable about whatever he put his mind to. He was gifted at repairing anything broken, including the Bozeman grain elevator and anything around the farm. He loved to make go-carts with his sons, and always enjoyed going to the Western Cafe for his morning cup of coffee with friends. The afternoons would find him at various other coffee shops around town. His family and friends meant the world to him.
Bud is survived by his loving wife, Bernice of Bozeman; children, Martin (Laura) of Michigan, Gladys (Sid) Vis of British Columbia, Ed (Shirley) of Bozeman, and Danny (Diane) of Colorado; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Surviving siblings are his sister-in-law, Gerry of Michigan; sister-in-law, Jean of Manhattan; Bertha (John) Vis of Michigan; Cornie (Nell) of Iowa; Pete (Sanny) of Manhattan; Hermena of Livingston; Herman of Minnesota; Arie (Nancy) of Michigan; Jeanette (Harry) Kerssies of Ontario, Canada; Mary Eccleston of Oregon; and Les (Sandy) of Belgrade.
He was preceded in death by his son, Stan in November 2006; son, Dennis in October 2007; and brothers, Ike and Al.
Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at Dokken-Nelson Sunset Chapel, with the family present from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Burial will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 29, in Churchill Cemetery. A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Bozeman Christian Reformed Church, 324 N. Fifth Ave., Bozeman, corner of North Fifth and Villard.
Memorials may be given to Bozeman Christian Reformed Church Celebrate Recovery, 324 N. Fifth Ave., Bozeman 59715.
Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service; www.dokkennelson.com.
Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service
113 South Willson Avenue
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle from May 27 to May 28, 2008