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Charles "Bud" Lytle

June 12, 1928 April 26, 2019
Charles "Bud" Lytle
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After living a very full life, Bud (Charles F.) Lytle peacefully passed Friday, April 26, 2019. Bud was born June 12, 1928, in Sioux City, Iowa to F. K. and Evelyn (Kirberg) Lytle, the second of five children.

He was raised in Sioux City, Iowa, spending summers at the family home on Lake Okoboji, Iowa, sailing, swimming and water skiing.

He attended Shaddock Military School and Iowa State University. At Iowa State, he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the swim team. He graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering. While in college, he married his first wife, Doris (Berglund) Lytle. The couple had three children, Kathi, Joe and Barb.

After graduation, he worked for the family’s heavy construction business, C. F. Lytle, Inc. He designed and built roads, bridges and dams across the country including several dams on the Missouri River. After his father moved the company to Texas in the 1950s, Bud became involved in various businesses including, buying and selling used construction equipment, farming turkeys and cattle, and running Jasper Stone Quarry in Jasper, Minnesota. In the 1960s, he moved the family to Colorado to build condominiums at several ski areas. Many happy times were spent at Park Meadow in Frazer, Colorado near Winter Park. He continued to run the quarry, mined molybdenum in Nevada, and built garage containers in New Mexico.

In 1998, Bud moved to Canyon Ferry. He lived aboard his sailboat, Eidolon, for the first seven summers and traveled in the winters. When he moved back for the winter, he also sailed his ice boat, Nite Moves, at the south end of Canyon Ferry. He became a beloved member of the Canyon Ferry community. He would do “the round” every night. He became well known for his warmth, intelligence and dry sense of humor. He was a people person with a genuine love of everyone. He never had a bad word to say about anyone. Well into his eighties, Bud was still winning cribbage and pool tournaments.

After reading Undaunted Courage he said “I am just a Missouri River Rat. The Missouri River has defined my whole life.”

Bud is survived by his brother, John (Kay) Lytle of Portland, Texas; children Kathi Lytle Bare of Helena and Barb Wendel of Reno, Nevada; grandsons Chad (Teri) Wright of Helena, Chris (Marilyn) Wendel of Reno and Cory Wendel of Reno; great-grandchildren Haley and Spencer Wright of Helena; step-daughters Robin (Floyd) TeSlaa of Rock Valley, Iowa and Kelly (Steve) Vant’Hoff of Sioux Center, Iowa; and step-grandchildren, Sam and Elliot Vant’Hoff of Sioux Center. Also, many nieces and nephews who always got a kick out of Uncle Buddy’s humor.

He was proceeded in death by his parents and three siblings, his son, Joe (Francis K. Lytle), second wife, Judy (De Zeeuw) Lytle and her granddaughter, Molly TeSlaa.

Donations can be made to the Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals in memory of C. F. Lytle on the web at or mail a check to Attn: Office of Development, 2900 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607.

Bud’s wishes were to throw a party when he died. We will be doing “the rounds” as he called them & a cribbage run, on Saturday, May 11, starting at the Glass Slipper at 1:00 pm. For details e-mail

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1:00 PM 5/11/2019 1:00:00 PM
Glass Slipper Lounge

5720 Canyon Ferry Rd. E
Helena, MT 59635

Bud’s wishes were to throw a party when he died. We will be doing “the rounds” as he called them & a cribbage run, on Saturday, May 11, starting at the Glass Slipper at 1:00 pm. For details e-mail

Glass Slipper Lounge
5720 Canyon Ferry Rd. E Helena 59635 MT
United States

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