Vernon “Bud” John Chan, 87, died Friday, Aug. 31, 2012, at
Douglas County Hospital from complications with pneumonia.
Vernon was born on Sept. 30, 1924, at home in Lake Mary
Township, Douglas County, to Louis Sr. and Mary (Brosh) Chan.
When he was born they named him Vernon, but his mother called
him Bud, which he went by all of his life. He attended country
school at District #14 and got his eighth-grade diploma in 1938.
He helped out on the farm and worked for others doing farm work,
and in 1947 he began carpentry work along with his dad and John
On Sept. 14, 1948, Bud and Christine Doraska, whom he nicknamed
“Tinker” from the beginning, were married at the St. John
Nepomuk Catholic Church. They lived in a one-room house the
first year of their marriage. On Dec. 29, 1949, they bought a
farm in Holmes City Township, and made a home for their
children, Wayne and Jeannie and themselves. In 1978, Vernon and
Christine moved to Lowry into a house, which together they had
built. When you stopped by the house, you were sure to be
greeted by the aroma of fresh-baked kolaches or goodies, as
Christine would always be baking something for Bud to satisfy
his very hearty, healthy appetite. Bud would then have to take
you down to his “Little House,” which he took great pride in,
where he displayed all his latest wood crafting ideas,
birdhouses or repairs he was doing for other people, and then
back up to the big house where the lunch was ready and waiting.
On March 19, 2007, due to his declining health, Vernon moved
into Bethany Home where he made many new friends (staff and
residents alike) and became especially fond of playing BINGO
with his “specially-marked cards.”
Bud was a great storyteller who liked woodworking, playing
cards, dancing and entertaining his grandchildren and
great-grandchildren with new tricks that he always managed to
come up with on each new visit. He also enjoyed restoring
antique broken-down things and fishing.
Bud is survived by his wife of almost 64 years, Christine Chan
of Alexandria; son, Wayne (Marlene) Chan of Lowry; daughter,
Jeannie (Ronald) Klimek of Lowry; five granddaughters, Kristie
(Kevin) Davis of Starbuck, Sandra (Brad) Munson of Sauk Rapids,
Nancy (Dean) Dufner of Cold Spring, Jessica (Russell) Froemming
of Hoffman and Cindy (Brandon) Reichel of Sauk Rapids;
great-grandchildren, Britney and Shawn Munson, Michael Dufner,
Ashley and Katie Froemming and Kaitlyn and Joseph Reichel;
sister RoseMarie (Myron) Berglin of Alexandria; several nieces,
nephews and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter, Rebecca
Marie Klimek; brothers, Bernard and Louis Chan Jr.; and sisters,
Mary Jane Hvezda and Florence Ann Svec.
A funeral mass was held on Monday, Sept. 3, 2012, at St. John
Nepomuk Catholic Church in Lake Reno Township with Father Roger
Thoennes offciating. The organist was Ann Zavadil and the
soloist was Pam Anderson. Casket bearers were Kevin Davis,
Russell Froemming, Dean Dufner, Bradley Munson, Brandon Reichel
and Tim Koubsky. Honorary casket bear-ers were Bud’s children,
grandchildren, great-grandchildren and God children.