Buddy "Bud" Lee Tadman, 69, of Great Falls, died of cancer Wednesday, Oct. 10, at his home.
At his request, no services are planned at this time. Cremation has taken place under the direction of O'Connor Funeral Home.
Bud passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. He was born in Battle Creek, Mich., on Jan. 26, 1943, to Robert and Kathleen Tadman. His family moved to Fond du Lac, Wis., in 1953. He graduated from Goodrich High School in 1961. Bud joined the Air Force and was stationed in Duluth, Minn., where he met his wife, Judith Oseland, and they were united in marriage in 1962. After being honorably discharged from the Air Force, Bud worked for Keikaefer in Fond du Lac and Erie Mining Company in Hoyt Lakes, Minn. He moved to Berlin, Wis., where he started a 17-year career in management at the Super Value Store and National Foods Stores, with stores in Superior, Wis., and Duluth. Bud owned a franchise for Brownberry Ovens for 15 years while living in Esko, Minn.
As a child growing up on his grandparents' farm in Wisconsin, Bud was always interested in furs, hides and animals. In 1985, he moved to Great Falls. He attended a professional taxidermy school in Nebraska and opened Bootlegger Taxidermy in 1986. He took special pride in all of his taxidermy mounts and the quality showed by the repeat customers who frequented his showroom. He closed his shop in 2011 due to his health.
Bud cherished the times hunting, fishing, camping, riding their horses, his motorcycle, playing poker, looking for agates, tubing down a river, golfing, NASCAR, archery contests with the family and the time they spent at their cabin in Minnesota. He missed the times at the cabin after they moved to Montana. Bud loved the pow wows in Minnesota and Montana. He was very proud of his Cherokee heritage. He loved to browse the pawn shops and garage sales from Montana all the way to Wisconsin when he traveled. He loved western movies, especially when they starred John Wayne. Bud was also a "putzer." He could shine, polish, fix and make anything that looked ugly into something so beautiful.
The visits and get-togethers with his family over the years, especially when he was ill, meant so much to him. He will be missed by his family forever.
Bud is survived by his wife of 50 years, Judith Tadman of Great Falls; sons Gregory (Pam) Tadman of Great Falls and James (Stacy) Tadman of Erskine, Minn.; daughter Erica (Brandon) Bibich of Detroit Lakes, Minn.; sister Sandra (Dana) Phillips of Fond du Lac; brother Robert Jr. (Marlene) Tadman of Wautoma, Wis.; grandchildren Jace and Shaelee Tadman of Great Falls and Austin, Sydney and Kianna Tadman of Erskine. He is also survived by many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Kathleen Tadman; grandparents Lillie and Greg Schultz and Jean and Shy Purvis; grandfather Paw Paw, two sisters-in-law; and two brothers-in-law.
A very special thank you goes out to Peace Hospice, especially Audrey Sabol, for her exceptional care.
Condolences may be posted online at www.oconnorfuneralhome.com