Lloyd "Bud" Pedersen
1943 ~ 2013
Lloyd "Bud" Pedersen, 70, passed away suddenly on May 6, 2013. Bud was born on February 6, 1943 in Great Falls, Montana to Lloyd and Violet Pedersen.
Bud graduated from Choteau High School, Choteau, Montana in 1961. He received a BA in English and Social Science in 1965, and later a Master's in Education in 1974 from Montana State University. He spent 25 years in the military serving first in Vietnam as a Helicopter Aviator in the 7/17 Air Calvary Squadron. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bronze Star medals. In 1970, he began working in the Army Aviation School in Fort Rucker, Alabama. He was granted a leave of absence to complete his Master's; upon completion he was transferred to Vicenza, Italy, where he commanded two Army air defense missile units. In 1978, he was transferred to Troop C, ¾ Air Cavalry Squadron, Schofield Barracks, HI, as officer for air (flight) and ground training (combat aviation unit).
In 1980, Major Pedersen was assigned to Boise and served as Chair of Boise State University's Military Science Department. In 1983, he was Adjutant for 1st Brigade, 24th Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Georgia and retired from military service in 1988.
He began teaching part-time in the English Department at Boise State University where he taught for 25 years at the college level. He retired in 2012. Bud loved teaching and working with students. He was generous, upbeat, funny and incredibly kind.
Bud is survived by his sister, Linda and her husband Danny Montoya; stepmother, Millie Pedersen; and stepbrothers, Mike (Betty) Charlton, Dave Charlton, and John (Linda) Charlton.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2013 at the Relyea Funeral Chapel, 318 N. Latah. In lieu of flowers, please consider the following: a scholarship to be set up in Bud's honor through the Boise State University Foundation, 2225 University Drive, Boise, ID 83706. Phone (208) 426-3276, Toll-free (800) 341-6150, Fax (208) 426-2122, Email email@example.com.
Published in Idaho Statesman on May 19, 2013