Meredith “Bud” Allen Forell was born February 11, 1931, in Jennings, Kansas to Fred Grant and Louisa Maude (Schneider) Forell. During his boyhood, the family lived in various locations in eastern Colorado and south central Nebraska. In 1948, the family moved to Glade, Kansas. Bud graduated from Phillipsburg High School in 1949. He served with the United States Army in Germany with the 1st Division, 26th Infantry Regiment from 1951-1953. Following his discharge from the service, his employment was with Jackson Angus Farm, Royal Brand Roofing (Tamko), and CRA Refinery at Phillipsburg, from which he retired in 1993. He also owned The Stockyards western store in Oakley, Kansas in the 1980’s.
He married his high school sweetheart, Artyce Loraine McKown, July 2, 1954. To this union were born two sons and four daughters. The first twenty-four years of marriage the Forells lived on the family farm northeast of Gretna, Kansas, where they raised livestock and farmed until 1978, when they built their present home southeast of Phillipsburg. Family and friends helped Bud and Artyce celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary in 2004.
Bud was a life-long horseman and an avid rodeo contestant, participating in all events. He last entered the steer wrestling at age 52. He raised and trained several AAA-rated quarter horses, and in later years enjoyed trail riding. He served on the Phillipsburg rodeo committee and was an avid supporter of the Phillips County Fair and Prairie Dusters Drill Team. In 2004, he was honored as the Grand Marshall for Phillipsburg rodeo parade and he will be remembered as ‘Rooster Cogburn’ in the 2005 parade.
Bud was a Past Commander and Life Member of the Myers-Hesler VFW Post 1360, a member of the Glade United Methodist Church, the American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association, and a member for many years of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association and Fort Bissell Saddle Club.
He was a loyal and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He was very proud of the many accomplishments of his family. He enjoyed the rural lifestyle and traveling with his wife especially to visit family and friends. He had a wonderful sense of humor, whether the joke was on him or one of his friends. He looked forward to his morning coffee breaks and story telling with his friends.
Bud is survived by his wife, Artyce; daughter Debra and husband Steve Christy, Saint Francis, KS; daughter Sue (Baru) and husband Joe Spiller, Wingate, TX; daughter Sandy and husband Cecil Thomas, Jr., Phillipsburg KS; son Vaughn and fiancé, Barbie, Ellis KS; daughter Darcy, Liberty MO; son Guy and wife Kelly, Alva OK; thirteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; sister Marian and husband Melvin Chestnutt, Ogallala NE; sister-in-law Judy Forell, Wright KS; nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Richard, half-brother Kenneth, and half-sister Mildred Thatcher.
He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed by his family and many