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Earle "Bud" Myers Jr.

March 01, 1938 - October 18, 2020

A private family interment will be held at a later date at the Fargo National Cemetery.

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Earle "Bud" Myers Jr.

March 01, 1938 - October 18, 2020

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Bud Myers, age 82, of Fargo, ND, passed away on Sunday, October 18, 2020, at Rosewood on Broadway under the care of Hospice of the Red River Valley.

Bud was born in New Milford, CT, to Earle and Bess Myers. He grew up there and after high school attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, SC. Bud served in the United States Air Force from 1961 to 1965, earning the rank of 1st Lieutenant. During his time in the service he was stationed at Malmstrom Air Force base in Great Falls, MT and Clark Air Force base in the Philippines.

In 1963, Bud married Susan Haas of New Rockford, ND. He graduated from UND Law School in 1969 and was a career prosecutor serving the citizens of North Dakota in Grand Forks, Richland and Cass counties for over 30 years. Bud served as Richland County State’s Attorney from 1977-2003 where he played an active role in the North Dakota State’s Attorney’s Association and the National District Attorney’s Association.

Bud had a passion for people, a great sense of humor and simply loved to chat. He enjoyed many thrilling adventures with his daughter including climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro, attempting Mt. Everest and zip-lining in Alaska – all after age 70. He spent years at hockey rinks watching his son and three grandchildren play hockey and could often be seen in local courtrooms watching his son in trial. Bud was a mentor to his son in both arenas. In retirement, he spent many years with the beloved team at Valley Water Rescue and his search dogs Barnaby and Laura.

Bud is survived by his wife Susan, children Jennifer, Denver CO; Chris (Tricia), Fargo, ND and their three children, Graysen, Avery and Camden; his sister Joan Culbertson, Farmington, CT; nephews Thomas (Kristen) Culbertson, Avon, CT and James (Patricia) Culbertson, Quaker Hill, CT.

In lieu of gifts or flowers, contributions can be made in his name to Valley Water Rescue, 3719 21st Street South, Fargo, ND 58104.

A private family interment will be held at a later date at the Fargo National Cemetery. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Boulger Funeral Home and Celebration of Life Center in Fargo. Online guestbook, www.boulgerfuneralhome.com.

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39 responses to “Earle Myers Jr.”

  1. Steve Gabrielson says:

    Bud, I know you’ll be walking dogs and taking hikes, Barnaby has been waiting. I enjoyed our chats and some interesting times. Take care my friend. You will be forever missed.

  2. Dawn and Gary Lawrence says:

    Sue, Chris and family and Jen,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! We remember the good times as neighbors on 22nd! I don’t suppose I will ever look at a lobster and not remember Budd cooking lobsters for us. We know that as your grief lessens, many good memories will always be with you! God bless and keep you through these difficult days!

  3. Barb Hanson says:

    Susan and family, We have many hockey memories we share! Especially Bud’s Gold Rush T-shirts and 1986 State Champs. He was such a fun loving man. Our prayers go out to you at this hard time. The Bruce Hanson Family

  4. Birch Burdick says:

    Bud led a full life, and one of value to this world. He was a beloved and longtime member of the cadre of North Dakota prosecutors. He was considered a friend by a great many people, and of every age. He was a good man, with a good heart. And boy did he love to race his Honda S2000 (at the track … as far as I know). Go Bud go! You will long be remembered. And those memories will bring smiles. Thanks for our time together.

  5. Stuart Larson says:

    God bless the memory of Bud. I think back on great conversations with Bud in our roles as prosecutors and working with the States Attorney Association. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

    Stuart Larson
    Park Rapids MN

  6. Mark Friese says:

    Bud devoted his life to a superior standard of conduct. He exemplified the term gentleman through his calm, compassionate, and considerate interactions with others. With adventurous stories about his military service, court cases, racing cars, climbing mountains, photography, hockey, training and deploying search dogs, or his seemingly unending worldly experiences, Bud captivated listeners. I will forever and fondly remember his stories! Bud lived an honorable and profoundly impactful life. May God bless his memory. May God comfort the Myers family in their time of sorrow.

  7. Galen J. Mack says:

    Susan, Jennifer and Chris and all of the family of Bud: Please accept our condolences on the passing of Bud. Earth’s loss is Heaven’s gain in this case. Bud was highly respected by the members of the North Dakota State’s Attorneys Association and dedicated to the Association while serving as its elected Executive Director for many years. He is missed by many. Rest in peace; straight to heaven.

  8. Pat Connor says:

    I will always remember Bud for his love of life & family, his smile & greeting, and our visits when traveling. Bud always had time to visit and share a story.
    He was a true Gentleman. My thoughts and prayers are with you Susan& family at this difficult time.

  9. Kathy Carbno says:

    Bud a gentleman, a friend, someone who cared for his fellow man. Thank You for being a part of my life and teaching me so much. Will miss all your stories and adventures. I am a better person today because our paths crossed. Give Barnaby a back scratch for me. My thoughts and prayers to your family.

  10. Jim Gion says:

    Bud’s awareness of others was amazing. As a neophyte prosecutor in the 1990’s, he made me feel welcome at the NDSAA, and over the years we both were members, made sure to welcome me, and others. Bud was always professional and understanding, and looked to better the prosecutorial cadre. (He also made sure the hospitality room was well stocked). RIP

  11. Tina Guthmiller says:

    Bud I only knew you for a short time but thank you for introducing me to Valley Water Rescue and for believing in me and Rocky. You were such a kind man and had patience galore with us. We will be forever grateful. 💕

  12. Sherry Johnson says:

    Bud always had time to listen and share his knowledge. He was a calming spirit in time of crisis. We shared a few of those times as team mates on Valley Water Rescue. I learned so much about dog training from Bud. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the family.

  13. Brian Berg says:

    Bud was a great guy. I first met Bud in Grand Forks in 1973 while with the ND State Patrol, Bud was always looking for excitement. Our paths crossed many times over the years. Always enjoyed his conversation and enthusiasm for life and justice. May he Rest In Peace.

  14. Kathy McKay says:

    I will always be grateful for Bud and the years we worked together in Richland County — he was the State’s Attorney and a member of my Health Board when I was the Public Health Director. He was a great mentor, colleague and friend. I was impressed with his heart for service and his love for people. He always had time to listen and offer constructive advice. I enjoyed all of his stories about his travels, adventures and his family. I was fortunate to reconnect when he moved to Fargo and we had some opportunities to visit at community meetings and events. Bud was a kind, generous and thoughtful man! I will miss him. My deepest sympathy to Susan, Jen, Chris and family at this difficult time! May God give you peace and comfort!

  15. Fred Strege says:

    Sue, Chris and and Jenny, when I started practicing law in Wahpeton, Bud was one of my first adversaries. He, of course, was our prosecutor and I was a criminal defense attorney. We had many battles, but battles is true strong a word. They were tough, but civil, respectful and many times we had some good conversations after them. Being a young lawyer, I learned a lot from these encounters and beyond that, I think Bud would agree that we became friends. I enjoyed Bud’s sense of humor, his laugh, and his energy that he used to pursue so many different activities, all of which he was darn good at. So many people have passed through this world and we leave behind many different types and qualities of marks to remember us by. There is no question Bud left a good mark, many good marks, and I’m so glad to have met and gotten to know him.

  16. DeNae Kautzmann says:

    Deepest sympathy to Bud’s family. I was fortunate to have interned in the GF states attorneys office while attending law school. I learned a lot from Bud during that year Bud roped me into a drug undercover operation. They needed “window dressing” when meeting up with the dealers. It was scary but I came out relatively unscathed. The drug agent was reprimanded because he got a little too friendly with the window dressing. Bud protected me and for that I am eternally grateful. He will be missed by all who knew him. Great guy and great mentor. .

  17. Julie Sorenson says:

    Bud, the last time our paths crossed you introduced my young teenage children to the dog you were training in Lindenwood Park. You recommended Civil Air Patrol to my children. My daughter took your advice and had many wonderful experiences including flying glider planes and learning search and rescue. My daughter is working in the medical community and a part-time EMT. Thank you for your thoughtful influence. It has rippled out to touch many lives.

  18. Linda Thomas says:

    I feel so honored to have worked with Bud. I have his recipe for chocolate amoretto cheesecake and I will have to make some in his memory. He was a very personable man who cared greatly and he had so many talents. My condolences to all of Bud’s family. Linda Thomas

  19. Susan Kolstad says:

    I remember when Bud visited Room 4 at Hawthorne Elementary. He brought Barnaby and talked with the children about his mission. He also took Barnaby outside and had children hide so that he could show how Barnaby could track them. Then, we all went back inside and had some special bread that he had made for us. It was a great experience for all of us. Bud loved his family so much and, when the children went to lunch, we were able to visit about the joy that his family brought him. He was so proud to be a husband, father, and grandfather to all of you. Barnaby sat peacefully through the whole episode and was perfectly behaved much to the pride of Bud.
    Heartfelt condolences to all of you.

  20. greg warren says:

    I had the honor of working with Bud and his dogs on many occasions which always involved good old conversations about anything and everything. He was always willing to listen as well. Never had a bad moment with this man, he was a joy to be around, many great stories. May Bud rest in peace and prayers to his family. Bud will always ROCK ON!!!!

  21. carren corcoran says:

    Truly a legend in the working hound community. I met and trained with Bud, Barnaby, and Laurie near the end of their career. He will be greatly missed however- I believe he will be cheering us as we continue the work of searching for the missing. Our condolences to the family. Sincerely, Wade and Carren Gummin and the Canine Search Solutions Family.

  22. Dave Morinville says:

    Deepest sympathy to the Myer family in the passing of Bud. I met Bud when Chris played hockey at Fargo North. Chris was a great player who really cared about his teammates. Bud loved to take pictures at the games. Bud gave me a few pictures that are framed with Christian Brothers Hockey sticks!! I have a couple of those framed pictures hanging in my office, those were some great memories. I will be forever grateful for all his time working with the Fargo North hockey program. Bud was such a special fun person and he had a great family to match. Thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Myer family.

  23. Linda Rogers Weaver says:

    As I’m reading of Bud’s passing I’m sitting in my home office looking at the “dream weaver” on my bulletin board. Bud came to my office one day in the Clerk’s Office and handed it to me. It’s always been one of my treasures! Go figure! He was such a nice man and I enjoyed working with him. My sincere sympathy to his family.

  24. Dale Maixner says:

    Thoughts and prayers to Bud’s family. Bud was always great to work with from the time he was with the GF States Attorney’s office and I was with the GFPD and later when he was States Attorney and I was with NDBCI.
    He had a story for every occasion and was truly a class act. He will be missed and never forgotten.

  25. Linda Dorff says:

    I too felt honored to work with Bud ay Richard County! Bud was a man of many words, he was kind, he took the time to teach and mentor me! I too was a recipient of his great cheesecakes! I recall Bud speaking of his family so often, he was so proud of all of you! I felt like I knew Chris, Jenny and Susan due to the many stories he shared! My sincere condolences to the Myer family, may your many memories comfort you during this time! Bud was one of a kind and will always hold a special place in my heart!

  26. Tammy Lynk says:

    Thank you Bud, for your tremendous service in every position you held throughout your lifetime. Your dedication, compassion, and kindness has benefited so many in their personal and professional lives. It was a pleasure and privilege to know you sir. Prayers and sympathy to all in the Myers family. 💕

  27. Tim and Nancy Phalen says:

    Sue and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Bud was my first boss in 1986 and helped guide me through many important phases of life. I enjoyed working with him for 11 years and learned so much from him. Bud had many wonderful life experiences and nothing slowed him down. He will be missed.

  28. Ron McBeth says:

    My condolences to Sue, Chris, and Jen on Bud’s passing. Forty years ago, Bud put his faith in me and hired me as the assistant state’s attorney in Richland County. With his knowledge and passion for the prosecution side of the law, I enjoyed being a prosecutor and stayed in that profession until retiring as the Richland County State’s Attorney in 2017. I will also remember Bud for introducing me and our office to the Mac computer…as everyone who knows me, I am a rabid fan of the Mac and all the other Apple products. Rest in Peace, Bud.

  29. Robert Bye says:

    I had the good fortune of working with Bud & Barnaby on Valley Water Rescue. He was such a compassionate man and cared for all of us on the team. We’ll miss you Bud and God bless your family and friends.
    Rob Bye

  30. Trent Mahler says:

    Sue, Jen and Chris, I was so saddened to hear of Bud’s passing. I first met Bud when my mom worked for Richland Co. S.S. I cherished the friendship we developed. I cannot think of a more honorable and just man. I had the pleasure of working down the hall from Bud for a number of years in Cass County.

    Bud will truly be missed. We lost a great man, but gained a wonderful guardian angel. Until we meet again my friend.

  31. Keith Reisenauer says:

    Godspeed Bud. It was a pleasure to know you.

  32. RICK MAJERUS says:

    I know this is late, but I wanted to say it was such a pleasure to be part of Bud’s life these past years. He and I had many conversations and I always enjoyed them. God Bless to Earle (Bud) Meyers and the whole family.

  33. Joan Larry Schuh and the Williams Family says:

    Words cannot express our family’s appreciation and love for Bud Myers.Bud along with his treasured dog Barnaby was responsible for finding our missing sister Laura. The heroes of Valley Water Rescue were then able to bring Laura home to us and to her final resting place. Bud treated us like family from the very beginning. His determination,concern,warmth and kindness helped us beyond measure in getting through those difficult days. Bud was a remarkable man and he left his mark on so many people. We were honored to know him and are forever grateful to him and Barnaby for helping us in our time of need. Our Heartfelt condolences to the Myers family.

  34. C. Daniel and Bonnie Smith says:

    Thank you for the note and your kind words Chris. I am so sorry to hear of Bud’s passing and your families loss. His influence, abilities and friendship affected not only the state of North Dakota but many more of us as individuals that he befriended, mentored and encouraged throughout his life and career. Bonnie and I include Bud and your family in our prayers.

  35. Bonnie Johnson says:

    RIP Bud. I’m happy our paths crossed on earth. You were a fantastic person to work with,

  36. Lori Odegard says:

    Blessings Sue, Chris and Jennifer and your family’s on the passing of a wonderful Husband, Dad, Grandpa and Friend. You’ve all been a blessing to our family. Please trust that Bud is in a great place and Jim & Cari Odegard will be lovingly walking beside your family and welcoming to Bud. God Bless, Lori Odegard

  37. Cindy Breyer says:

    Our sympathy to all of you. I hope your fond memories and happy times bring you smiles in the days ahead. It sounds like he lived his life to it’s fullest and made an impact on many. I’m glad I was able to enjoy some of his delicious cheesecake.

  38. Joseph Cassilly says:

    I knew Bud from his service for years with the National District Attorneys Association. He was very proud when NDAA held its national convention in North Dakota, He baked the BEST chocolate cheesecakes for the opening reception. God bless

  39. Chuck Schroyer says:

    From the comments Bud had many friends, we all knew that. With his passion for photography he was an integral part of the National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, NAPC, where his fellow members from all over the country appreciated his humor and self effacing style. He will be missed and his memory greatly treasured. Our deepest sympathies to Sue and family from his friends in South Dakota.

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