Kenneth Earl ‘Bud’ Younglund

Kenneth Earl “Bud” Younglund, 89, passed away peacefully at the Friendship Villa, on January 25, 2018. 

Kenneth was born in Kimball, Nebraska, May 20, 1928, the son of Elmer Ross and Jessie McCarthy Younglund. Kenny was raised on the family ranch and attended the Rockaway Rural School on their homestead, graduating 8th grade in 1943. 

In June 1946, Kenny joined the military. He went overseas November 2, 1946, and spent eleven months and ten days in Japan. Kenny came home and worked on farms and ranches until December 1949. He attended Repperts Auctioneer School in Indiana. He came back to Colorado where he continued to work on ranches and pursed the auction business.

 Kenny met Beverly Bringelson in Colorado and they were married on January 1, 1954, making their home in Greeley, CO. In January of 1957, they moved to Miles City area, moving a couple of times, but spending a good deal of their time on a small irrigated place they bought from Edsons’ five miles south of Miles City. 

Kenny and Bev hired many teenagers over the years to help out on the ranch even if they needed a ride from town to help them out. 

When they retired, they traded land for a smaller place in the valley and raised sheep until they retired to their home on Balsam Drive.

 Although Kenny was successful at many things, herding sheep, raising cattle as part of a grazing corporation, auctioning, raising registered Charlois bulls, and lastly in their later years again sheep. Auctioneering was his work and he loved it. As an auctioneer, Kenny ranked 15th in the world in 1967 at the Clearwater, Florida competition. In 1976 and 1980 he was Montana State Champion and went on in 1976 to place third in the Western Region of the World Competition held in Hershey, Pennsylvania. In 1977, Kenny won the Western Region of the World competition.

 Kenny had a keen sense of humor, which helped him at Estate Sales, anyone who ever attended one can attest to this. His steady auctioneering job was at the cattle auction. He worked for Miles City Livestock Center for most of his years here and commuted to Sidney Livestock Center auctioning cattle there, as well for 16 years. He served as the auctioneer at the Jaycees Bucking Horse Sale, alongside Cy Talion, a famous rodeo announcer until his retirement from auctioning in the 1990s. He donated his auction services to fundraisers for 4-H, FFA, College Art Auction, Elks Radio, Christian Women’s.

He lent livestock to the FFA rodeo, telling all the participants in the wild cow milking contest, it would be a piece of cake, because his wife milked them all this morning.

Kenny and Bev enjoyed traveling to visit foreign places, attending the Denver Stock Show, rodeos and country dances.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Beverly Younglund, his parents, brothers Ross, Walt, and Dennis, sisters Julia, Della and Alice. 

He is survived by his sister Inez “Viola”Stidham, WA and several nieces and nephews.

 Kenny and Bev never had any children. He enjoyed extended families Tom and Lillian Orestad Ostendorf’s and Brian and Maggie Dice family.

Should friends desire memorials may be given to local charities or any charity of their choice. 

Visitation will be held on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 with the family receiving friends from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Miles City. Interment will follow in the Eastern Montana Veterans Cemetery with full military honors. 

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