William Malcolm "Bud" Bengson, 80, Minot, died Sunday, Aug. 12, 2012, in a Minot hospital.
William Malcolm "Bud" Bengson was born Feb. 15, 1932, near Esmond, to Virgil and Katherine (Getz) Bengson. He attended grade schools in Tacoma, Wash., Eugene, Ore., and Esmond. Bud graduated from Esmond High School in 1950.
Bud began his college education at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, in 1950 and transferred to Mayville State Teachers College in 1951, where he studied until joining the Army in September 1952. In 1953, he volunteered for Korea and was honorably discharged from the military in August 1954. This allowed Bud the opportunity to complete his degree and he graduated from Mayville State Teachers College in 1956.
Bud was united in marriage to LaVonne Reierson on Sept. 2, 1956, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Esmond. Following their marriage, Bud began teaching and coaching at Neche from 1956 to 1964, moving on to Drake from 1964 to 1968 and Finley for the 1969 academic year.
Bud graduated from North Dakota State University, Fargo, with a master's degree in school administration in 1969. Soon after graduating, Bud became the superintendent at Anamoose, where he served in that capacity until 1973.
Bud and LaVonne moved to Minot in the fall of 1973, where he opened an insurance agency for the crop hail division of Glacier General Insurance Co. In 1985, he joined Hartford Insurance Agency and continued with the company until his retirement in January 1996.
Bud was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Minot, where he served as the Sunday school superintendent and as a church council member. He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Eagles and the Golden K Kiwanis in Minot. Bud was an active volunteer for the Minot Commission on Aging and the Norsk Hostfest.
He enjoyed all athletic activities, especially those involving his grandchildren. Bud was known to many for his phrases or 'Budisms' that could explain or simplify any situation. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother and friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
Bud's loving family includes: his wife, LaVonne; daughters, Kathleen (Joel) Hansen, and Melissa (Michael) Larsen; son, Douglas (Patti) Bengson; grandchildren, Meagan (fiance, Jordan Dorsch); Matthew (Bobbi) Hansen; Emily and Sophie Bengson; Hayden Schwarz; Charlie and Halle Larsen; great-grandchildren, Elijah and Jayla Hansen; sister, Agnes Carlson; and many nieces and nephews.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Virgil and Katherine Bengson; parents-in-law, Henry and Clarissa Reierson; brothers-in-law, Merton Reierson, Leo Halvorson and Basil Truax; and sister-in-law, Ellen Truax.
Celebration of Bud's Life: Will be held Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012, at 1:30 p.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Family service: Will be held today, Aug. 15, at 7:30 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Visitation: Will be held today from 2 to 7 p.m. at Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: Are preferred to St. Mark's Lutheran Church of Minot, Golden K Kiwanis, Minot, or to an organization of the donor's choice.
Those wanting to sign the online memorial register or share memories and condolences are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).