Theodore â€śBudâ€ť L. Clark, age 79, a lifetime resident of the Kettle Falls area, passed away on Dec. 27, 2012 at his KetÂ¬tle Falls home. Bud was born on March 8, 1933 in Colville, the son of Theodore Roosevelt and Elizabeth Marie (Arnold) Clark. He was a member of the Colville Confederated Tribes (Lakes Band) and a Native veteran from the Korean War.
Bud was raised in Kettle Falls, where he attended school. As a first grade student, he was enrolled at the Desmet School for Native Americans, but soon returned to Kettle Falls, where he finished grade school and high school. Bud graduated in 1953 from Kettle Falls High School.
He entered the U.S. Army and served two years before his honorable discharge in 1955. Bud returned to Kettle Falls where he met Nancy L. ReitÂ¬dorf. They were married on Jan. 1, 1956 in Coeur dâ€™Alene, ID and soon began their family. Bud began working at the Van Stone mine at Northport, but was drawn to the timber inÂ¬dustry. He worked as an equipment meÂ¬chanic at Tuffyâ€™s Sawmill in Kettle Falls and then entered the woods where he worked as a faller, cat skidder, loader operator and in many other facets of the logging trade.
In 1980, he and Nancy purchased Freddieâ€™s Restaurant in Kettle Falls. They operated the restauÂ¬rant for eight years and then began their retirement. Bud was not one to stand still, so much of his retirement was devoted to the gathering of firewood for those in need.
Bud took his family on many camping, fishing and huntÂ¬ing adventures over the years. He loved to teach his chilÂ¬dren and grandchildren the value of hard work, marksmanship and the ability to build whatever was needed with his hands and in one of his favorite places, his shop. He also raised and trained many Appaloosa horses with his family on their ranch.
Bud led by example, always lifting the spirits of those in his presence and selflessly giving of himself and all that he had. He cherished the opportunity to walk the bike aisle at Wal-mart and find a child without means and in need of a bicycle. Those forÂ¬tunate children left that aisle with a new bike every time. He was a man not afraid to offer his love and support to family, friends and any stranger in need. Bud was appreciative for all that he had, even in the greatest time of challenge.
He was preceded in death by his son, Rick Clark.
Bud is survived by his wife, Nancy Clark, Kettle Falls; daughters, Robin McBride and husband, Rod, Kettle Falls; LauÂ¬rie Larsen and husband, Kurt, Kettle Falls; Cherie Spradlin and husband, Lance, Marcus; brother, Gary Clark, Kettle Falls; sisÂ¬ter, Eileen Weatherman, Kettle Falls; 12 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and a host of extended family.
The Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m., Friday, Jan., 4, 2013 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Kettle Falls.
A luncheon will follow at the church. A 2 p.m., graveside service will conclude services at the Clark Family Cemetery, loÂ¬cated at their home near Kettle Falls.
Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestÂ¬book at www.danekasfuneralchapel.com.
Memorial contribuÂ¬tions may be given to the Kettle Falls Food Bank.
Danekas FuÂ¬neral Chapel and Crematory is entrusted with the arrangeÂ¬ments.