Vernon Lenne "Bud" Lofstedt passed away peacefully on December 4th, 2016, at the youthful age of 94.
Bud was born to John and Jennie Lofstedt on April 18th, 1922 in Lake Norden,South Dakota. His early years were spent working the family farm and general store with his parents and six siblings. The store still stands today and many relatives still reside in the area. Hardships of the "Great Depression" forced the family to relocate to the Gresham, Oregon area in search of a brighter future. In his teens, a restless Bud booked passage to Alaska in search of adventure. He later served in the Coast Guard in Oregon, Alaska and the Philippines.
After his discharge he returned to marry Ruth Christensen of Sandy, Oregon in 1946. They promptly drove back to Alaska to make it their home. With extended family, they started several businesses in Anchorage. In the early 1950's they moved to Kenai where they succeeded in other ventures.
They finally focused on Bud's flying skills to build up airplane and helicopter companies in Alaska, Hawaii and the Grand Canyon. They and their four children worked together, with Bud flying into his 80's. Bud and Ruth were partners from beginning till end. They loved the Lord, each other, family and Alaska and they were faithful to them all.
Bud was proceeded in death by his wife, Ruth and eldest son, Vern.
God was very gracious to our family for the many years we shared with him.
A memorial celebration will be announced at a later date.
Published in The Peninsula Clarion on Dec. 12, 2016