BGen Harold "Buck" Juedeman passes

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Unread post04 Feb 2016, 23:46 ... k-Juedeman

Harold Eugene “Buck” Juedeman, retired USAF Brigadier General, farmer, and rancher, died on February 1, 2016, at Peace Hospice in Great Falls after a two-month battle with acute leukemia. His family will receive friends at a visitation Sunday, February 7, 2016 in the Rose Room Chapel at Croxford Funeral Home from 4:00PM to 6:00PM. His funeral services will be held on Monday, February 8, 2016 at 11:00AM at St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, 512 Logan St. in Helena, MT. Burial with full military honors will follow immediately at Montana State Veterans Cemetery- Fort Harrison.

Buck was born May 11, 1931 at his family’s home in the country near Bristow, OK where he lived until his family moved to Shafter, CA in 1935 during the Great Depression and dustbowl days. His family lived in California for two years before returning to Oklahoma via a brief time in Montana where his Uncle Rudy tried to convince them to stay. In 1945 his family finally moved from Oklahoma to Montana, settling near the small farming community of Geraldine. Buck attended Geraldine High School, graduating in 1948 and attended Montana State College in Bozeman before enlisting in the Marine Corps in 1951.

Buck attended Marine Corps boot camp at Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, CA and served as an enlisted combat radar repairman before being accepted to the Naval Cadet pilot training program in Pensacola, Florida. At the completion of carrier qualification and pilot training in September 1953, Buck was awarded honor graduate and received his Wings of Gold as a Naval Aviator and commission as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He then went on to fly a combat tour in AD-1 Skyraiders in Korea from February 1954 to February 1955. After the war, Buck served as an instructor in Kingsville, Texas before leaving active duty in 1956 and joining the Marine Corps reserves flying out of both Buckley AFB in Colorado and Fairchild AFB in Spokane, WA. In 1959, Buck joined the Montana Air National Guard in Great Falls, where he eventually flew the F-89, F-102 and F-106 aircraft. In 1957, he married Delores Fairbanks of Geraldine. He continued to farm with his father George and brother Wiley as they operated the Juedeman Grain Company while still flying with the MANG. He and Delores built a home on the farm in the Graceville area, northeast of Geraldine, and welcomed sons Mark, Ward, and Kevin. Buck was very involved in the community, including working with the Geraldine Community United Methodist Church to build their new sanctuary.

In 1968, Buck and family moved to Great Falls, and he volunteered for a combat tour in Vietnam flying the F-102. In 1968 and during that combat tour, Buck was seriously injured in an aircraft mishap in Udorn, Thailand and returned to the States for a lengthy, but full, recovery. He returned to full flight status and went on to lead a team to win the coveted William Tell trophy in 1976, served as the commander of the 186th Fighter Interceptor Squadron and the Chief of Staff for the Montana Air National Guard. He retired as a Brigadier General in 1986 after 35 years of cumulative military service.

In 1970, Buck and Delores purchased a beautiful operational cattle ranch north of Craig, bordering the Missouri River. He raised black Angus cattle, wheat, barley and alfalfa. Daughter Corry completed the family when she was born in 1972. In the early 70s, Buck and his sons were the first in the local area to install center pivot irrigation systems. He continued to stay at the forefront of technology, installing one of the first wind turbines in the area in 2006.

After retirement from the Guard, Buck wholeheartedly took up running, completing both a 50 mile and a 100K (62 mile) run as well as numerous Icebreaker races, in which he often placed among the top in his age group. He stayed actively involved in ranch operations with son Kevin to the very end.

Buck is survived by his wife of over 58 years, Delores (Fairbanks) Juedeman; his children, Mark Juedeman and his spouse Kathy, Ward Juedeman, Kevin Juedeman and Corry (Juedeman) Prestidge and her spouse, Todd; his sisters, Clarene Dysart and Rhoene Manley, and his brother Wiley and his spouse JoAlice. He was also a much loved Grandpa to ten grandchildren, and favorite “Uncle Buck” to numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father George Juedeman, his mother Clarice Juedeman and his sister Georgene (Juedeman) Byrd.

In lieu of flowers and to honor close family members with the dreaded disease, the family requests donations be made in his name to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America at ... ation.html or 322 Eighth Ave., 7th fl., New York, NY 10001.

His entire family would like to thank the outstanding doctors, nurses, nursing assistants and volunteers at Benefis Hospital, Sletten Cancer Institute, and Peace Hospice for their respectful, skilled, and loving treatment of our husband, father and brother.
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Unread post05 Feb 2016, 00:12

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Unread post08 Feb 2016, 20:20

Ward Juedeman was last commander of the 9th Fighter Squadron, the last F-117A ops squadron.

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