Louis John “Bud” Petschen, age 77, Crookston, died Tuesday, October 15, 2013 at the Pioneer Memorial Care Center in Erskine. Bud was born on July 3, 1936 in St. Paul, MN, son of Louis Joseph and Margaret (Maloney) Petschen. He grew up in St. Paul, was educated at St. Vincent’s School and the Mechanic Arts High School. Following graduation, he served in the US Air Force from July of 1954 until July of 1957 and served in the Air Force Reserves until July of 1961. Following discharge, Bud returned to the Twin Cities area, where he lived and worked. In 1980, he was united in marriage with Doris Miner in Fergus Falls, and they made their home there. In 1984, they moved to Crookston, where Bud worked at Otter Tail Power and then at New Flyer as a custodian. He was known for calling and playing bingo at the VFW and the Humane Society. While sharing a cup of coffee in the morning at Hardees and later Arby’s, Bud kept his finger on the pulse of Crookston. He was known and loved by many and pretty much anywhere he went, he was greeted with a "Hey, Bud!". Anyone that knew Bud knew he had a love for his "wiener dogs". “Ginger”, “Chili” and last but not least another "Ginger" were his pride and joy! He affectionately called them all "booger dog." Bud touched many people with his quick wit and charming personality. He will be dearly missed.
Bud is survived by his children: Todd Miner of Fargo, Tammy (Eric) Peterson of Roseville, CA; three grandchildren: Alex, Kayla and Lily; a sister: Marguerite Besaw of St. Paul; a nephew: Terry Besaw; a niece: Joan Olson and numerous friends and "extended family," most recently, the staff at Pioneer Care Memorial Center. He was preceded in death by his parents: Louis and Margaret Petschen; and life-long companion: Doris.
Bud’s memorial service will be held at 2 PM, Friday, October 18, 2013 at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home in Crookston, with visitation for one hour before the service at the funeral home. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Saint Paul, MN.
Online registry at: www.stenshoelhouske.com