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Leeward "Bud" Lofthus

Leeward "Bud" Lofthus, 86, of Northwood, North Dakota, formerly of Oslo, Minnesota died Wednesday, April 13, 2011 in the Northwood Deaconess Health Center in Northwood.

Funeral Services will be 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 16, 2011 at the Northwood Deaconess Health Center Swarstad Chapel in Northwood with burial in Granville Cemetery, Oslo, Minnesota.

Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the church.

Leeward Lofthus was born August 15, 1924 in Oslo, Minnesota the son of Lars and Helen Lofthus. He lived in Oslo all his life where he farmed and raised his family. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and was a ski jumping and flying enthusiast. Bud loved spending time with family and friends. He was preceded in death by his wife of 62 years, Echo and following her passing he made his residence in Northwood.

He is survived by his daughters, Diane (Robert) Bredeson of Mesa, Arizona, Jill (John) Hughes of Roseville, Minnesota and Mary (Peter) Antonson of Northwood, North Dakota; five grandchildren, Joseph (Libby) Hughes, Amy (Matt) Beseth, Andy Bredeson, Nikki Antonson and Eric Antonson; five great grandchildren, Clara, Henry, and Catherine Hughes, and Owen and John Beseth; and sister, Patsy Gowen.

Bud was loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

The Bilden Funeral Home of Northwood is assisting the family with arrangements.

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My deepest sympathies to the Lofthus Family! Bud was a great neighbor growing up, We would always walk down the road to see Him and Echo. They were always so nice to us kids. I still have a santa claus that he carved from wood, that he gave to me when i was younger. I will cherish it forever!!!

Stacie Miller Apr 16 2011 12:00 AM

Dear Family Members of Bud, I have many fond memories of visiting with Bud through the years. He was one of the most kind people that I have ever met. Bud will live on in the memory of many people. Our deepest sympathies, Kyle (Anvinson) & Dennis Erickson

Kyle Erickson Apr 15 2011 12:00 AM

Diane, Jill and Mary, Just a note to let you know I am thinking of you and express my sympathy to you all. I have such fond memories of your Dad.

Barb Schmeck Apr 15 2011 12:00 AM

I am so sorry to hear of Bud's passing. He was such a great guy and a wonderful friend to my dad. Please know that my prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Kay Dahlstrom Mendick Apr 14 2011 12:00 AM