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Duane 'Bud' Johnston

Bud passed away at home in Belgrade, Mont., on Monday, Oct. 2, 2023. Bud was born to Ida and Clifford Johnston on Jan. 8, 1943, in Glasgow, Mont.

There will be a celebration of life luncheon at the Vets Club in Glasgow on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 11:30 a.m.

Bud is preceded in death by his parents, Ida and Clifford Johnston; sisters Judy (Johnston) Taylor and Betty (Johnston) Neumayer; brothers Dick, Gary, and Allen Johnston; and children, Ernie and Clifford.

He is survived by his wife, Rita; sisters Doris (Johnston) Franzen, Shirley (Johnston) Clark, Faye (McNabb) Thompson and Penny (McNabb) Dunkin; children Jimmie Johnston, Scott Kulbeck, Kris Fairlee, and Justin Kulbeck; nine grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

After graduating from Glasgow High School in 1961 Bud went to work as a meat cutter. He worked as an electrician in Glasgow until he started his own contracting business (Glasgow Electric) He formed a partnership with Albert Franzen and they worked in various places in Montana. After Albert retired he and Rita moved to Belgrade where he had electrical contracts on the Veterans Home in Glendive, lodges in Yellowstone Park, and other large projects (schools, motels, and businesses).

Bud loved Montana, horses, hunting, four wheeling in the mountains, playing cards, spending time with family, and driving the golf cart for Rita. He was especially proud of the house he built in the Gallatin Valley.

If anyone wants to donate in Bud's name the Pioneer Museum in Glasgow was important to him.


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