|Birth: ||Nov. 26, 1905|
|Death: ||Feb. 6, 2002|
Garrison Berry 'buster' Redd was the Son of Garrison Berry Redd II and Berrtha Frances Shaeffer. He married Thelma Arbutus "Leta" Leslie on 5 Jun 1928 in Blair NE. They had two daughters, Martha Louise and Lois Colleen Redd, Thelma Arbutus Leta Leslie was the daughter of Robert Leslie and Mina Belle McKean.
Garrison Berry Redd III, "Buster" to his family and friends, passed away at his ranch in Swan Lake on Feb. 6, 2002, at the age of 96. He was born Nov. 26,1905, in Riverton, Iowa, to Bertha and Garrison Redd II, and was reared on the family farm in Sidney. He graduated from high school, attended business school and farmed with his father in Iowa as a young man. He met his lifelong
companion, Leta Leslie and they married on June 19, 1928. Garrison traveled throughout the west in search of the perfect land for his family and Montana won his heart. Buster, Leta and their two daughters, Louise and Lois, set out from Iowa, in 1936 with all of their belongings packed into a 1929 Buick and an over-loaded trailer They lived in various locations throughout the Flathead
and Swan Valley where Buster worked as deputy sheriff, forest ranger and stone mason. They purchased the homestead in Swan Lake where they settled after Buster returned from active duty in the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. He saw combat in Italy and served throughout Europe as a member of the ski troops, where he was awarded the bronze star for bravery, risking his life to save his wounded comrades. Buster returned to his family and home in the Swan in 1945, where he built and operated his own small lumber mill and ran a herd of Hereford cattle. One of Buster's many amazing accomplishments was the harvesting and milling of the lumber off his place
which he used to build the home of his and Leta's dream. Buster owned a small Cessna airplane and enjoyed many happy hours flying over the Bob Marshall and Mission Mountain wildernesses, often with his daughter Louise as copilot. Leta always breathed a huge sigh of relief when he touched down on the airstrip he fashioned on the place. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, trapper and genuine mountain man. He bagged an elk with his bow and arrow seven years running, and he got his last deer leaning on his walker at the age of 92. He was also an excellent photographer and some of the wildlife movies he shot were sold to Huntley and Brinkley. Garrison and Leta lived a long and healthy life at their Swan ranch until Leta passed away in 1995. At the time of her death they had been married 67 years. Buster was also preceded in death by his daughter Lois Ault; granddaughter Cindy Rupp; and greatgranddaughter Leslie Rupp. He is survived by his daughter Louise Robinson of Phoenix, Ariz; grandsons Garrison and Richard Lapp from the Flathead 2 Valley, and Donn Ault of Richland, Wash.; granddaughters Joyce Lapp of Kalispell and Shannon McConnell of Richland, Wash.;great-granddaughters Ellie Lapp, Laurie Dermer and Rebekah McConnell,
great-grandson Hunter Lapp and son-in-law Thomas Ault of Richland, Wash.
Buster lived a long and fruitful life. He had many great adventures and always felt he was fortunate to have been able to do everything that he wanted to do in his long life. He will be remembered by many with great fondness and respect and will be sorely missed by those of us who loved him. We would like to offer a special thank you for the, kindness and assistance so
generously given by Home Options and, Hospice of the Flathead Valley.
Services for Garrison will be Friday. Viewing will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bigfork Funeral Home on Hwy 35, south of Bigfork. In accordance with Buster's wishes, graveside services will be at 2 p.m. at the Lone Pine Cemetery, adjacent to the Little Brown Church, with the Rev. Ron Pierce officiating. A gathering of friends and family with a simple luncheon will follow at the Korner Kitchen.
Thelma Arbutus Leslie Redd (1903 - 1995)*
Lone Pine Cemetery
Created by: Wendell W Stream
Record added: Apr 30, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 19163075
You have no idea how many times over the years I have thought about you and our times together. They were magical to me.|
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Addie Mae Buttercase
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