January 6, 2022, at Winona Health in Winona, MN.
Vernon Linwood Gilbertson was born on November 24, 1928, in West
Salem, WI to Ed and Gilda (Evenson) Gilbertson. Bud was raised in the
West Salem and Holmen, WI area. He was a graduate of Holmen High
School. On May 7, 1950, Bud was united in marriage with Joyce Johnson
in Holmen. The couple moved to Rushford in 1959. He worked for
Standard Oil Company for 21 years. Bud managed the Rushford Municipal
Bar for many years. In order to stay socially active in the community,
Bud worked for Rushford Foods during his retirement. Bud was a member
of Rushford Lutheran Church, Rushford American Legion, Rushford School
Board and the Rushford Lions Club. He enjoyed golfing and playing
cards at Ferndale. Bud was a devoted husband, father and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife, Joyce; son, Mitch (Sandy) Gilbertson of
Rushford; five grandchildren: Danielle (Drew) Linder, Kelsey (Jake
Rasmussen) Gilbertson, Anessa (Larry) Ohms, Tony (Wendy) Gilbertson
and Jenna (Erick) Andrade; eight great-grandchildren; and by his
closest friend, Dr. John Peterson.
Bud was preceded in death by his parents; son, Scott; grandson, Lucas;
brother, Jerry Gilbertson; and brother-in-law, Wayne Johnson.
There will be a memorial service for Bud at 11:00 am on Thursday,
January 13, 2022, at Rushford Lutheran Church with Reverend Steve
Chellew officiating. Military Honors by the Rushford American Legion
will follow the service at the church. Burial will be in the Rushford
Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.
Visitation will be from 9:30 am until the time service on Thursday at the church.
Please leave a memory of Bud and sign his online guestbook at