Eldon Thomas (Bud) Buss


(Oct. 28, 2003)

Funeral services were held Saturday in Missoula, Mont., for Eldon Thomas (Bud) Buss, 78, who died Tuesday, Oct. 28 at his home in Missoula.

He was born May 11, 1925, in Jordan, Mont., and moved with his family to Florence, Mont., in 1937. He graduated from Florence-Carlton High School in 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Lourise (Jackie) Higgs in Missoula in 1952, and they celebrated 51 years of marriage in September.

He is survived by his wife, Jackie, in Missoula; three daughters, Shirlee Champ of Missoula, Melodee Drake in Florence, Mont., and Shellee Buss in Ketchikan, Alas.; six grandchildren, including Tifanni (Michael) Watkins of Cody; and one great-grandchild, Aurrora Watkins of Cody.

Burial with military honors was in the Carlton Cemetery in Florence.