In loving memory of

Vernon "Bud" Gilbertson
November 24, 1928 - January 6, 2022

Vernon "Bud" L. Gilbertson, 93, of Rushford, MN died on Thursday,
January 6, 2022, at Winona Health in Winona, MN.

Vernon Linwood Gilbertson was born on November 24, 1928, in West
Salem, WI to Ed and Gilda (Evenson) Gilbertson. Bud was raised in the
West Salem and Holmen, WI area. He was a graduate of Holmen High
School. On May 7, 1950, Bud was united in marriage with Joyce Johnson
in Holmen. The couple moved to Rushford in 1959. He worked for
Standard Oil Company for 21 years. Bud managed the Rushford Municipal
Bar for many years. In order to stay socially active in the community,
Bud worked for Rushford Foods during his retirement. Bud was a member
of Rushford Lutheran Church, Rushford American Legion, Rushford School
Board and the Rushford Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and playing
cards at Ferndale. Bud was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Mitch (Sandy) Gilbertson of
Rushford; five grandchildren: Danielle (Drew) Linder, Kelsey (Jake
Rasmussen) Gilbertson, Anessa (Larry) Ohms, Tony (Wendy) Gilbertson
and Jenna (Erick) Andrade; eight great-grandchildren; and by his
closest friend, Dr. John Peterson.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott; grandson, Lucas;
brother, Jerry Gilbertson; and brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson.

There will be a memorial service for Bud at 11:00 am on Thursday,
January 13, 2022, at Rushford Lutheran Church with Reverend Steve
Chellew officiating. Military Honors by the Rushford American Legion
will follow the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rushford
Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time service on Thursday at the church.

Please leave a memory of Bud and sign his online guestbook at


Rob & Bettie Lou Bunke wrote on Jan 17, 2022:

"Joyce Bettie Lou and I want to express our deepest sympathy on the passing of Bud. I will always remember him as a fun guy to be with. He was one of the most friendly persons I ever knew. My mind went back to the Standard Oil days when I would see him almost every day. It was always a fun time. May the good Lord give you strength to go on and Bless you in every way. Rob & Bettie Lou Bunke"

Kristine Oman wrote on Jan 10, 2022:

"Joyce, Mitch and family - I am so saddened to hear of Bud\'s passing. He was my neighbor in South Rushford for 9 years and was surrogate grandpa to all three of my kids. Bud was an amazing man and I loved visiting with him whenever I got the chance. He will be missed. Kristine (James) Oman, Sawyer, Maddie & Jake"

Paul and Rita Iverson wrote on Jan 9, 2022:

"Joyce, Mitch and Family. Sad to see the passing of Bud, but 93 is a darn good run! Like you, the memories I have of Bud and time at the station will live with me forever. Wonderful man, great times, fun times, and times to learn. From Bud I learned so many things that were instrumental to my growth, and professional career, and remain with me yet today. Bud was more than a friend; he was a mentor. Paul and Rita Iverson"

Lowell,Carol Rasmussen wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Our sympathy to Buds Family.Lowell enjoyed his visits with Bud. "

Sharon and Maynard Rustad wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Many high school years spent at Bud?s Standard Station in Rushford. Many years of knowing Bud as a friend! We extend our deepest sympathy to the Gilbertson family, especially Joyce, Mitch, Sandy and grandchildren! He will be missed. Maynard and Sharon"

Ronald Torkelson wrote on Jan 7, 2022:

"Sorry to hear of Buds passing,maney good memories of Bud,Good friend,Ron Torkelson"