Glen L. (Bud) Youngstrom was born September 5, 1933 at his grandmother’s home in Stickney, SD to Glen N. and Gladys (Dittrick) Youngstrom. He graduated 8th grade from Hopper School and graduated as the valedictorian at Mt. Vernon High School in 1951.
He married Velores Johansen at Salem Lutheran Church in Mt. Vernon on November 1, 1952. He enlisted in the Marine Corp in 1954 and was involved with the nuclear testing in Nevada. He was left with the belief that nuclear weapons should never be used again in any conflict.
He returned to South Dakota in 1956 and farmed south of Mt. Vernon until his retirement. While on the farm he became involved in politics and served on the Mt. Vernon School Board and as a Davison County Commissioner. You could also hear him loudly encouraging his sons at football games and wrestling matches. Many said he had the loudest voice there. Bud and his family were involved for years in Mt. Vernon horse shows and other Mt. Vernon activities. He was a member of the Mt. Vernon American Legion and was instrumental in starting the Mt. Vernon Senior Center.
Bud and Velores have traveled to 41 countries and all of the United States except Hawaii. He was an avid hunter and even hunted deer while honeymooning in the Black Hills. He hosted pheasant hunters every year and enjoyed hunting elk in Colorado and moose in Canada.
He is survived by his wife, Velores of Mitchell; daughter, Jodi (Rusty) Bogue of Des Moines, IA; sons: Craig of Mitchell, Ryan (Londa), of Mt. Vernon. His ashes are being carried by his grandchildren, Tim Ohnemus of Spearfish, Amanda Christensen of Mitchell, Brady Bogue of Des Moines, IA, Jackson Metzger of Wesley Chapel, FL, Dylan Youngstrom of Cheyenne, WY, Taina Youngstrom of Mitchell and Steven Youngstrom of Mt. Vernon. He is also survived by two great grandchildren, Kenli and Cooper Christensen of Mitchell; his sister, Ruth (Ray) Holter of Texas and many nieces, nephews, and friends.
He is preceded in death by his oldest son, Steven Lyle Youngstrom in 2000, his parents, grandparents, one sister, Donna Wermers and her spouse, Norbert, his parents-in-law, Walter and Mae Johansen, brothers-in-law, Ronald and DeWayne Johansen, one niece, Patty Holter, and one nephew, Mark Wermers.