Thomas “Bud” G. Clough, Jr., a resident of Colville, passed away on June 1, 2011 in Colville at the age of 73. Bud was born on April 19, 1938 in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas George and Edith (Johnson) Clough.
Bud moved often with his family as they followed work opportunities. He attended grade school in Oregon and high school in Republic, where he met his high school sweetheart, Carol Marie Hatcher.
While attending school, Bud also worked at the San Poil Lumber Yard, loading boxcars after school.
On May 28, 1955, Bud married Carol and they began a wonderful life together. Bud worked at the lumber mill for 38 years and helped to rebuild the mill twice following fires. He worked nearly every position in the mill and enjoyed his work. In 1991, he and Carol moved to Roseburg, OR. Bud was soon re-employed, this time as an R.V. technician for I-5 R.V. Sales, where he worked until 2006 and retired. They made time to travel and enjoyed the many miles spent on the road in their R.V. In 2007, Bud was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and they moved to Colville to be near family. Bud was able to reside at home under the watchful eye of his family and in-home caregivers. His recent decline in health required care at the Special Care Unit at Pinewood Nursing Home in Colville.
Bud loved his family and spent many weekends on a new adventure with his wife and children. They enjoyed hunting, camping, fishing, hiking, snowmobiling, playing horseshoes, watching stock car races and riding motorcycles together. He took his family on vacations to many places, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Canada, Nashville and Disneyland, just to mention a few.
Family tradition was to share opening weekend of fishing season, , followed by fishing excursions throughout Northeast Washington and into Canada throughout the season. As a younger man, he shared song-after-song on the dance floor with his wife, friends and family. He also took great pride in teaching his daughters to dance. Bud will be remembered as a “man’s man” with a meat and potatoes approach to life. He appreciated a hard day’s work and three good meals a day. He had a wonderful sense of humor, shared many good laughs with family and friends and was always steadfast, even in time of great personal trial. Bud’s family and friends will miss him greatly and think of him often.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas Sr. and Edith Clough.
He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Carol Clough; daughters, Vicki Melby and husband, Mike, Colville; Peggy Clough, Spokane Valley; Barb Culp and husband, Loren, Republic; sons, Randy Clough and wife, Dawn, Eugene, OR; Rick Clough and wife, Melody, Tonasket; five brothers, Merle, Bob, David, Ted and Wally; 14 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.
A memorial service and potluck will begin at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 18 at the Eagles Lodge in Colville.
Memorial contributions may be given to the Special Care Unit at Pinewood Terrace Nursing Home. Please visit the on-line memorial and sign the guestbook at HYPERLINK "http://www.danekasfuneralchapel.com" www.danekasfuneralchapel.com .
Danekas Funeral Chapel and Crematory has been entrusted with arrangements.