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MALTA-Fredrick “Bud” Mavencamp, 82, a strong, quiet, much-loved husband and father, passed away Friday, December 23, 2016 at the Phillips County Hospital of natural causes after a long struggle with cancer. Bud was born to Fred J. and Helen M. (Carlson) Mavencamp at Forks, Montana on his great-grandparent’s homestead. Bud grew up in the Saco and Whitewater area. He attended the Frenchman school until his family moved to Whitewater to run the local garage. In Whitewater, Bud met and married his future life partner, Wilma McMullen. They were married November 23, 1956 and had three children.

    Bud and Wilma pursued his passion: to own a farm. To achieve that goal, he worked 40 hours a week job for 41 years at the Malta Irrigation District where he enjoyed the camaraderie with fellow employees. He spent his early years working construction for Les Abbey where one of his projects was helping build the Equity Coop building in Malta. He also worked for the Great Northern Railroad and Gordon Peters Construction. His greatest tools were his imagination, duct tape, and a little wire. In his lifetime, he remodeled one house and built another to provide for his growing family.

    Even with his busy schedule, it was not acceptable to miss any family event. He was his children’s greatest fan—subtle but ever present. Besides, it gave him an excuse to visit the local farm implement dealer if the event was out of town. He was a board member for the PhillCo Economic Growth Council, long term member of the Malta Chamber of Commerce and Toastmasters Club. He belonged to the Knights of Columbus and was a lector at St. Mary’s Catholic Church.

    Rosary and a celebration of his life will be 7:00 P.M., Wednesday, Dec. 28 at the Kirkwood Memorial Chapel. Mass will be 10:00 A.M. Thursday, December 29 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Interment will be in the Malta Cemetery. Condolences for the family may be left at Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Catholic Church or Knights of Columbus.

    Bud is survived by his loving wife Wilma of Malta; sons: Karl (Angelia) of Malta, Kary (Ann) of Emmett, Idaho; daughter: Karen Morgan of Billings; brother: Morris (Barbara) Mavencamp of Havre; grandchildren: Jay, Heather, Nathen, Ryan, Pam, Dee, Day; great-grandchildren: Chloe, Ava, Emma, Nya, Zoe, Eli, one aunt, and numerous nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his father, mother, two brothers and a sister.

Guest Book

From: Larry and Susan Matthews

Our prayers and condolences to the Mavencamp families.

From: Vivian Dolphay Stolle

So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all your family.

From: Ray Henderson

I am so sorry to hear about uncle Bud. My prayers go out to his family. Take care.

From: Jim & Mary Brady

Wilma and Family,
Our heartfelt condolences to you. We have and will keep you and Bud in our prayers.

From: Karen Boos

My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, so sorry for your loss.

From: Anne Boothe

Wilma and all,
I am sorry we were unable to attend Buds service. I'm sure the Holy Spirit was very present and ready for His faithful Bud. His obituary is well stated, such a quite man but ready to respond when asked. I truly enjoyed him as a PhillCo board member and remember the pride he showed the day of the Dodson Damn celebration.
God bless you all.

From: Colette Butcher

I am so sorry to hear of your husband's passing. Cherish all your fond memories as they will help you in the days ahead.

From: Agnes Watson and families

So sorry to hear of Bud's passing. Deepest and sincere sympathy Wilma, Kary, Karl and Karen and families.

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