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“Gary, Sandy, & Jim, Thoughts & prayers go out to you & your families for the loss of your dad. May our Lord Jesus fill your hearts with His peace...Read More »
1 of 18 | Posted by: Paula McPherson-Koy - Edwards, IL

“May the good Lord bring your family peace and comfort in this sad time of need. I knew *Bud* from volunteering at the Nursing Home. I just got word...Read More »
2 of 18 | Posted by: Chris Jones - Gregory, SD

“Gary, Sandy and Jim - I'm sorry for your loss. He lived a good life and was a great man. He'll be missed by a lot of people. Glenn ”
3 of 18 | Posted by: Glenn Brown - St. Joseph, MO

“Gary, Sandy, Jim and families, Our heartfelt sympathies and prayers are with you all in the loss of Bud. What a great man God has gained!! I told...Read More »
4 of 18 | Posted by: Steve and Peg Cassidy - Burke, SD

“Deepest sympathy for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
5 of 18 | Posted by: James Wagner - Waco, TX

“Gary, Linda & Family: I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Please extend my sympathy to the rest of your family. You have a very impressive display...Read More »
6 of 18 | Posted by: Lois Bierschbach - Sioux Falls, SD

“Or prayers are with you. I will never forget seeing. Bud and Artiest in the baseball stands watching us play. ”
7 of 18 | Posted by: neil forgey - lost springs, WY

“Our deepest ympathy to the whole family, I have many fond memories of Bud and Ardith. Such nice people, always with a hello and a smile! Ron Kathy...Read More »
8 of 18 | Posted by: Ron and Kathy Kahler DeMers Coome

“Best wishes to Cousin Gary, Sandy and Jim in the passing of their father. We all know Bud is in a better place and our thoughts and best wishes are...Read More »
9 of 18 | Posted by: Jerry Stritecky - Salt Lake City, UT

“Bud was a mans man..He never swayed with the wind. ”
10 of 18 | Posted by: Pat and Rita Taggart - Dallas, SD

“A special person Remembered and a beautiful life Honored. With Sympathy and love, Char ”
11 of 18 | Posted by: Char Olsen - Fayetteville, AR

“Gary, Linda and all of the Karel Family - So sorry to hear about your loss. I pray that all the wonderful times, and memories can help you heal....Read More »
12 of 18 | Posted by: Kathy and Mitch Quien - SD

“Gary, Linda & Family, My thoughts and prayers are with all of you. May God Bless you. ”
13 of 18 | Posted by: Randy Jones - Sioux Fallls, SD

“Our thoughts & prayers are with you!! ”
14 of 18 | Posted by: Lois & Bob Jerred - Sioux Falls, SD

“I'm very sorry for this loss. May the love and closeness of family provide strength and comfort during this difficult time. ”
15 of 18 | Posted by: Dr. Donald Larson - Washington, DC

“I miss you already Pa. Thank you for all the wonderful memories, and love that you have throughout the years. Till we meet again Pa I love you ”
16 of 18 | Posted by: Joshua Smith - New York, NY

“We salute Bud for his service to our country. May the Lord provide comfort to the Karel family in this time of sorrow. ”
17 of 18 | Posted by: The Suchan Foursome - High Point, NC

“Gary, Sandy, Jim and the rest of your family, my thoughts and prayers are with you as you say "good-bye" and cherish all the memories. May God bless...Read More »
18 of 18 | Posted by: Mitzi Drey - Sioux Falls, SD


Louie (Bud) Karel Jr. was born at home on a farm south of Gregory on February 17, 1922 to Louie Sr. and Flora (Bruns) Karel. Bud attended first and second grade at the Carlson School, grades three thru six at the Saathoff School, and Jack School in grades seven and eight. He went to Colome High School and graduated in 1941. He assisted his parents on the family farm during these years.

Bud entered National Youth Association Welding School in Sioux Falls for an 8 week program in 1942. He then moved and became a welder at Seattle Tacoma Shipyard working on destroyers until 1943. His friends Russ Shirie and Virgil Aden went with him.

Bud enlisted in the US Navy on July 23, 1943. His honoree activity was commando North Pacific in 1943-44, Aviation Mechanics Carrier in 1944-45, and Planes AM2/C. Bud served with combat troops as an Honor Man due to his marksmanship. He was part of the Marines where he did his training at Alamedco, CA. Bud served in the Marshall Islands, Roi-Namier, and Gilbert Islands. He recalls servicing the Enola Gay—not even knowing it was loaded with an atomic bomb. Bud was honorably discharged on February 4, 1946.

Bud returned to the farm and farmed with T.J. Brewer. He bought a DC Case tractor, a corn sheller, and a thrashing machine. In 1947 Bud batched with Harold Elliott on Powell land south of the farm. In 1948 Bud and Harold moved to the Holger Cassling place—now the Krizan place.

In 1948 Bud and a friend, Joey Papousek, brought a load of cattle to the stockyards in Sioux City. This is where Bud became acquainted with Ardyth Warnkvist. Later that summer on July 4th they attended a street dance in Gregory. At Christmas time the young man gave her a diamond ring and they were married on February 7, 1949 at Elkpoint, SD by the Justice of the Peace. Virgil and Rose Aden were their attendants with Harlan Warnkvist driving the car.

Bud and Ardyth made their first home on the Holger Cassling place three miles west and two miles north of Dallas. They began farming together and in the spring of 1950 they had an opportunity to move onto the Ben Doering homestead west of them. They soon bought this farm and it became home for their entire lives.

On the home farm they raised three children, Gary, Sandy, and Jim. They were good neighbors and had many good times playing cards. The yearly mountain oyster feed was a neighborhood highlight. Bud loved all sports whether following his boys in high school sports or watching the Vikings. He enjoyed hunting deer and pheasants and after WWII he and his war buddies would make an annual event hunting together. It was just a good reason to get together and tell stories. Bud had a big heart for animals especially dogs and had several great cattle dogs through the years. Bud would train the dogs to watch an open gate or to round up the cows in a pasture. Bud could be seen with his dogs on the four-wheeler or in the 1974 Green Machine his pride and joy.

Bud served as clerk of Irwin School District #23 from 1949-68. He served on the Rosebud Farmers Union Board of Directors from 1969 to 1987. He served on the Irwin Township Board for several years and was a member of the Colome Legion for 69 years.

Bud was a loving family man. He treasured the times that he could spend with his grandchildren.

Bud passed away on January 21, 2016, with his three children by his side, at Avera Gregory Healthcare center at the age of 93 years.

Bud is survived by his three children: Gary (Linda) Karel, Sioux Falls, SD, Sandy (Mike) McBride, Dallas, SD, and Jim (Terri) Karel, Bentonville, AR; eight grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren, one great great grandchild, and two sisters Frieda and Edna.

Bud was preceded in death by his wife Ardyth, his parents, one granddaughter, and two sisters Evelyn and Annie.

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Funeral services for Louie "Bud" Karel, 93, were held Tuesday, January 26, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Gregory, SD with Pastor Russ Grim officiating. A prayer service was held Monday evening at the church.

Les Petersek was in charge of registration.

Music was provided by Sarah Klein, pianist. Recorded music was "Angel" by Sarah McLachlan. Congregational hymns were "The Old Rugged Cross," "God Bless America," and "Amazing Grace" led by Brandon Williams.

Goldie Warnkvist and Betty Warnkvist were flower attendants.

Casket Bearers were Leon Brewer, Johnny Brewer, Rod Petersek, Gary Ekroth, Bill Warnkvist, and Ronnie Steffen.

Honorary Casket Bearers were Josh Smith, Ryan Karel, Luke Karel, Leonard Jansen, Merle Elliott, Ray Petersek, Bud Harter, and Monte Krizan, Bud's nephews and close neighbors.

Burial with Military Honors by the Colome American Legion was in the Bohemian National Cemetery, Gregory, SD.