Walter "Bud" Harris Van Vleet

November 13, 1933 ~ February 16, 2021 (age 87)


Age 87, of Elk River.  Born November 13, 1933 to Walter and Clara Van Vleet in Little Falls, MN and passed away on February 16, 2021 at the Gardens of Foley in Foley, MN.

He is preceded in death by both of his wives, Ella in 1966 and Dorene in 2011; step-son, Ron Martineau; step daughter, Ronnell Yanish; 3 grandsons, Tyrel Loitz, Jamey Emmerich and Ethan Loitz; his parents; 8 siblings (Bud was the youngest of 9 children).

Bud grew up around the Hillman and Mora, MN area.  U.S. Marine veteran of the Korean Era and was a lifelong member of the American Legion.  He was a cement contractor in the Anoka area for many years before he retired to Park Rapids, MN in 1998.

He is survived by his children, Kate (Bruce) Emmerich, Wally (Cyndi) Van Vleet, Tom (Kathy) Van Vleet, Chloe (Lonnie) Loitz, Melodee (Randy) Grams and Melissa (Erik) Hanson, Terry (Linda) Martineau and Terry Yanish; 18 grandchildren; 15 great-grandchildren; other family and friends.

Memorial service at 11:00AM on Monday, June 21, 2021at Dare's Funeral Home, 805 Main Street NW, Elk River, with visitation starting at 10:00AM.

Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN.

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