Frank “Bud” Carda

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Posted: Saturday, September 29, 2012 8:00 pm

Mass of the Christian Burial for Frank “Bud” Carda, 83, Lambert, was at 10 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, at St. Matthew’s Catholic Church with Father Jim O’Neil and Father Ned Shinnick presiding under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Sidney. 

Interment took place in the Sidney Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to the charity of one’s choice. Remembrances and condolences may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.

Anton and Stella (Klouchek) Carda were the proud parents of a boy born March 17, 1929. They would give him the name Francis Paul Carda. He joined a brother, Antone, and sister Betty. The family grew to add Dorothy and Robert with a set of twins who died at birth. 

Their mother died at a very young age, so all had to pitch in to raise the family. At a young age, Frank was called “Buddy” until he attended the Bottens School; it was there that he took on the name Bud, and it has stuck with him ever since.  He went to school until the eighth grade and then helped on the farm until he joined the Navy in 1951, just before he received his draft papers. 

While in the Navy, he traveled to places all over the world like the Panama Canal, Japan, Hong Kong and Brooklyn, N.Y. It was the stop in the New York Harbor that would change the small community in Montana until this day. A couple of Navy buddies on a blind date with a couple of Brooklyn gals started a relationship that lasted 46 years. After his discharge in 1954, he hitchhiked part way back to New York to court his sweetheart.  

On April 17, 1955, Bud married Jean Louise Flaisher in Brooklyn. There must have been some pretty curious family and friends when they arrived back in Montana for her very first time. 

Now the stories and memories really began as they started their life together on the farm north of Enid in the Elmdale community. With eight children, there was never a dull moment!

As if that wasn’t enough to keep him busy, he drove the  bus for Springlake  School for 19 years, was  a lector for St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, worked for the ASCS office, was a 4-H leader, taught hunter safety to more than 100 kids in the community and worked for Holly  Sugar. He also helped many neighbors with projects, including tinning a hip roof barn. He also was a master sheep shearer, teaching Andy the trade. 

Dad always made time for his family, as we would go on summer vacations, dances, hunting adventures, fishing trips and sporting events. He was always there when you needed him. As time went on and kids went off to college, the weddings began. His role as a father didn’t change but was enriched when the grandkids were born. With 19 grandchildren and four great-granddaughters in all, Dad and Mom put on a lot of miles to spend time with them. 

After his retirement, they continued to live on the farm and chase grandkids all over the country.  On March 26, 2001, his life started a new chapter as his wife of 45 years passed away.  This is when he took up the hobby of serious fishing.  His tackle box, pole and chair were always sitting by the front door ready at a moment’s notice. One of his greatest fishing stories was for his 80th birthday. The whole family packed up and went fishing on the Oregon coast. Fish were caught and great memories were made. Bud was an enthusiastic Minnesota Vikings fan. In recent years he was able to see a Vikings game in Minneapolis.    

Frank (Bud) P. Carda died Sept. 24, 2012, surrounded by his loving family. 

Bud will be dearly missed by his children: Duane (Judy) Carda, Rory (Mary Beth) Carda, Brenda (Terry) Mohar, Denice (Brian) Ler, Andy (Becky) Carda, Pam (Jeff) Klempel, Kevin (Michelle) Carda and Lisa (Jay) Bordeaux; grandchildren Derek (Nikki) Carda, Darrbie (Norm) Hoppe, Abby, McKenzie and Maggie Carda, Ashley, Tom and Dusty Mohar, Brandon (Stephanie), Mykel and Tess Ler, Eathan and Emily Carda, Jarvis and Justine Klempel, Jenna and Wyatt Carda, and Kayla and Sarah Crutcher; great grandchildren Emily Dickerson,  Rhlyee and Kwynn Carda, and Mabree Mohar; sister  Betty Irigoin; sister-in-law Marjorie Carda; and many more nieces, nephews and cousins.

Bud was preceded in death by his loving wife of 45 years, Jean; parents Anton and Stella; brothers Antone and Robert; sister Dorothy; infant twin siblings; brother-in-law Victor Irigoin and son-in-law Sam Crutcher.

Bud will be remembered for being soft-spoken, gentle handed and compassionate to all. 

He will be forever and always in our hearts. Dad and Mom are reunited with the Lord as they waltz in Heaven.