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Bud Mitchell

| June 22, 2005 12:00 AM

Longtime Libby resident Floyd (Bud) Mitchell, 87, died on Saturday, June 18, 2005, at the North Valley Hospital in Whitefish.

He was born on March 29, 1918, at Bigfork, to Everett and Uiva Mitchell and was raised and educated at Bigfork.

Bud worked for the U.S. Forest Service for a year and in 1938 worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps in Glacier National Park.

He also worked as a machinist before joining the Royal Air Force and serving in England, returning in 1942.

He and his wife Betty were married at Hingham on June 2, 1946.

Bud served in the U.S. Army, working as a prison guard during World War II.

After his discharge he worked for the Forest Service in Washington until transferring to the Flathead National Forest and then to the Kootenai National Forest. He retired in 1973.

In retirement Bud worked as a log scaler in the Libby area until 1979.

After moving to El Centro, Calif., in 1981, Bud lived for a time with his daughter in Oregon before moving back to Montana to enter the Montana Veterans Home in 2003.

A 50-year member of the Masonic Lodge, Bud held membership in Libby Lodge No. 85, the Consistery and the Algeria Shrine.

He loved golf and was a member of the Cabinet View Country Club at Libby and the Barbara Worth Country Club in El Centro.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Betty in 1996, and grandchildren Tracy and Matthew.

Survivors include his daughter Charlene Paramo, Roseburg, Ore., four grandchildren, Michelle Snyder, Roseburg, William Watt, Philadelphia, Pa., Daniel Watt, Reno, Nev., and Nicole Pegg, Nampa, Idaho; eight great-grandchildren, a brother Dwayne Mitchell, Kalispell, nephew Daniel Mitchell and niece Donna Doda.

A private family memorial service will be conducted at a later date.

Arrangements are by the Columbia Mortuary in Columbia Falls.