Jerome 'Bud' Bakkestuen

Jerome “Bud” Bakkestuen, age 83 of Viroqua, died Saturday April 20, 2019.



Sample ImageJerome “Bud” Bakkestuen, age 83 of Viroqua, passed away Saturday April 20, 2019 at Bethel Home, surrounded by loved ones.


Bud was born in rural Coon Valley on January 6, 1936 to Ingman and Nina (Ottum) Bakkestuen. He married Audrey Johnson at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in LaCrosse on September 15, 1956, having celebrated and enjoyed over 62 years of marriage. Together they raised four children, Conny (Paul) Stoikes, Greg (Diane Fortney) Bakkestuen, Judy (Glen) Peterson and Teresa (Gregg) Oldham.


Bud grew up on a farm and graduated from the Westby Schools. After graduation he moved to South Dakota and worked on a ranch. He returned to Wisconsin and worked at Len’s Citgo in LaCrosse. Then he met Audrey and they purchased City Service Gas Station. Bud worked for GTC Motor Parts in LaCrosse and later opened/owned and operated a GTC Motor Parts/Car Quest with Bill Koenen and continued the business for 29 years. Bud drove a school bus for many yearsfor the Viroqua Area Schools.


Through the years, Bud enjoyed fishing, going to movies and traveling with Audrey on trips around the USA. He always made time to visit with his friends at his “problem-solving group”.


Bud is survived by; his wife Audrey, his children and he was blessed to have 14 grandchildren, 27 great-grandchildren with twins enroute, and one great-great-grandchild.

He was preceded in death by; his parents, his brother Cyrus, a sister Irene Midtlien, his nieces Kathleen, Lisa, and Loretta, and a grandson Cody George.


The family is grateful for the excellent care given to Bud while he was a resident at Bethel Home. “Thank You”.


Friends may call on the family during a Visitation, Tuesday evening April 23 from 5:00-7:00 PM at the Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home in Viroqua, or on Wednesday April 24 in the morning from 10:00-11:00 before the Funeral Service for “Bud” at 11:00-o’clock again at the funeral home. Pastor Yvonne Marshall from Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will officiate.


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The Vosseteig-Larson Funeral Home, 123 W. Decker in Viroqua is serving the family. (608) 637-2100

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