Bud Virgil Ortgies

Bud Virgil Ortgies, 79, passed away on Monday, Aug. 1, at his home in Lewistown. He was born to Herman and Freida (Stutt) Ortgies in Monticello, Iowa on Jan. 9, 1937.

Bud graduated in 1955 from Anamosa High School in Iowa. He then enlisted in the U.S. Navy and honorably served from 1955 to 1959 as a radioman. In 1960, Bud went to Bismarck, N.D. as part of his career with Frontier Airlines. On Sept. 15, 1960, Bud married Vonnie Olzweski and together they had two children: Brett and Derek. They moved to Lewistown in 1967.

Bud was called to work in Goodland, Kan. from 1974-1976, and a short while in West Yellowstone from 1976 to 1977. After returning, Bud started Lewistown’s first travel agency and operated from 1980 to 1985. Later, 1990 to 1993, he started and ran a weather school. Bud worked at the weather station in Lewistown, a short time in Alaska and retired from the Billings Weather Station.

After retiring, Bud spent his time at his acreage along the Judith River. He loved hunting and fishing. He was a member of the Forest Grove Church, Elk’s Lodge and Eagle’s Club. Bud was very proud to have helped his good buddy Tom Hartford in designing the Dash-Inn logo. One other goal Bud had, that will have to wait, was he always wanted to write a wild game cookbook.

Bud is survived by his wife, Vonnie of Lewistown; sons, Brett (Shellie) and Derek (Traci) of Billings; grandchildren, Ethan and Layne; brother-in-law, Bob Plath; nephew, Brian Plath and family; and niece, Tawni Rubin and family.

He is preceded in death by his grandparents, parents, and sister, Beverly.

A Memorial Service will be held at Zion Lutheran Church, 2 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 28. Any donations made in honor of Bud can be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Service and cremation arrangements are under the care of Creel Funeral Home. Bud’s family and friends can share memories and condolences at www.creelfuneralhome.com.

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