Bernard “Bud” Bakkestuen
Bernard “Bud” M. Bakkestuen, 51, of La Crosse, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday May 26, 2019 in his home. He was born on September 2, 1967 to Willard and Carol (Hammes) Bakkestuen.
Bud was a beloved son, brother, uncle, and friend. He was an over the top fan of the Packers, Badgers, Nascar, and country music. He loved to travel and especially enjoyed his most recent trips to California. His biggest enjoyment was going for rides in his vehicle. Bud was a gentle giant and kind soul. Even though he was a man of few words, he was always there to lend a helping hand. He loved children and dogs and in his younger years was the go-to babysitter for his nieces and nephews. He had a special bond with his goddaughter, Paige. He would make sure to spend time and visit with his mother. There are too many wonderful and awesome memories of times spent with Bud to list them all, but they will stay with family and friends forever. Bud graduated in 1986 from Central high School. Bud started his work career by delivering automotive parts for many different companies, then worked as a custodian for many years at various hospitals and schools before beginning employment at Toro where he was a proud assembler.
Bud is survived by his mother, Carol; siblings, Jean Broadwater, Dan (Rochelle Rusch), Trish (Carl) Foust, John (Melissa), Jim (Mary), Sue (Dave) Keough, Dave (Kim), and Robert (Heather Chial); and many nieces, nephews, and other extended family members. He was preceded in death by his father, Willard.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred. A private family service will be held.