Albert Budeau, 97, a retired Rudyard farmer, died Saturday at a Billings nursing home.
His funeral will be 11 a. m. Friday, March 21, 2008, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Rudyard with burial at the Rudyard Cemetery. A reception will follow at the church. Arrangements are by Rockman Funeral Chapel in Chester. Memorials may be given to the Wheat Country Estates in Chester. Albert was born Apr. 23, 1910, in Anamoose, N.D., where he grew up and received his education. He came to Rudyard in 1934 and lived there for 70 years. Albert married Leora Wendland in 1938. In addition to farming, he had worked as a barber, brand inspector, postal employee, rural mail deliveryman, elevator worker and mechanic, and Hill County deputy sheriff. An avid sports enthusiast, Albert loved baseball and was active in the men’s leagues. He served as a Little League umpire and a high school basketball referee for many years. He ran the time-clock at Rudyard H.S. basketball and football games for 42 years. He also enjoyed fishing, hunting, bowling, and golfing. Albert served on the Rudyard school board for two terms and the Rudyard ambulance crew for 27 years. His wife died in 1965. He retired from farming in 1975. He remained in Rudyard until 2002, when he moved to the Wheat Country Estates in Chester. He recently transferred to Billings for extended care at the Aspen Meadows Nursing Home. Albert is survived by three children: Joan Mazzucola of Billings, Paul Budeau of San Francisco, Calif., and Gail (Jim) Brady of Bozeman; four grandchildren; four greatgrandchildren; two sisters: Sarah Lund of Bismarck, N.D. and Esther Fiskum of San Jose, Calif.; three brothers: Ernest and Henry Budeau of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Eddie Budeau of Minot, N.D.