Marnel Alvin "Bud" Getzlaff, 82, Minot, formerly of Willow City, Ray, Upham and Towner, died on Tuesday, May 13, 2014, in a Minot nursing home.
Bud was born on Nov. 1, 1931, in Bottineau, to Otto and Gertrude "Ruth" (Brandt) Getzlaff. He was reared and educated in Willow City. As a young adult, he worked on the family farm. Bud enlisted in the U.S. Army on April 15, 1952, and received his honorable discharge on March 30, 1954.
Bud married Doris Olson on Feb. 24, 1955, in First Presbyterian Church, Minot. They made their home in Ray, Upham and Towner until the family moved to Minot in 1958. Bud was employed at the Burdick Expressway Phillips 66 Service Station, Behm's Truck Stop and Arrowhead Skelly. He was the parts department manager at Home of Economy in Minot for many years until he retired. Doris died on Aug. 24, 2008.
Bud was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church and Moose Lodge, both of Minot, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #753. He especially enjoyed camping, fishing, playing darts, horse shoes and pool, numerous projects around his home, including welding and inventing things, and his dog Duffy.
Bud's loving family includes: his sons, Dave (Patti) Getzlaff and Perry (Sandy) Getzlaff, both of Minot; grandchildren, Waylon (Erica) Getzlaff, David (Stormy) Getzlaff, Crystal (Chris) Howard, all of Minot, Jodi (Justin) Dauphinais, Portland, Ore., and Jason (Theresa) Getzlaff, Bismarck; great-grandchildren, Ashlynn, Brailynn and Boston Getzlaff, Winter, Clover and Zephyr Getzlaff, Gracie Howard, all of Minot, Brandon, Kaitlyn, Page and Harper Dauphinais, all of Portland, Ore.; brothers, Marven (LaVona) Getzlaff, Minot, Dale (Carol) Getzlaff, Minot, Allen (Ruth) Getzlaff, Minot, Larry (Charlotte) Getzlaff, Maple View, Wash., and Dennis (Val) Getzlaff, Riverdale; sisters, Doris (Alvin) Singer, Black Hawk, S.D., Shirley Peterson Getzlaff, Arizona, Mary Jane (Tom) Mack, Texas, Judy (Phil) Brossert, Jamestown, and Debbie Anderson, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; wife, Doris; infant brother, Roy Robert; sister-in-law, Teresa Olson; brothers-in-law, Tony Schell and Chuck Olson; and nephews, Tim Schell, Dean Olson and Brent Brown.
Funeral Service: Tuesday, May 20, at 11 a.m. in St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Monday, May 19, from 2 to 6 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
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