Kapala-Glodek-Malone Funeral Home

7800 Bass Lake Road, New Hope, MN


Howard Raymond Prairie

August 18, 1928June 12, 2020

Prairie Jr., Howard Raymond “Bud”

“Bud” Howard Raymond Prairie of Brooklyn Park, at the age of 91 passed away peacefully on June 12, 2020; after several week journey of physical setbacks too challenging to overcome.

“Bud” was born August 18, 1928 in Marshall, Minnesota. He worked for many years driving a semi and knew all the cafes in town that served the best pies. He was an avid bowler and traveled to Salt Lake City to compete in the American Bowling Congress Championship tournament. He was cheerful, gentle, and generous and loved by all. With a skilled mechanical mind and able body, he was always ready and willing to help others. Every time he laughed tears came to his eyes and he passed that trait along to all three daughters.

Bud will be greatly missed and is preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Virginia, 1 brother and 5 sisters. He is survived by his three daughters, Laurel, Leslie (Steve Gorsky), and Carol Weeklund (Scott); his six grandchildren, Andrew Prairie (Ellie), Nathan Nipper (Kelly), Henry Gorsky (Kara Jones), Ellen Gorsky, Alec Tempesta (Katie Holmstrom), Jillian Tempsta; and his great grand-daughter, Alexandra Prairie. He also leaves two brothers Robert and Michael.

Memorial services will be held on July 10, 2020 at 10 am with a private interment to follow at Lakewood Cemetery in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Please note that masks will be required and the service will have a limited capacity.


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Howard Raymond Prairie

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Stephanie and Bill (nephew) Schultz

June 29, 2020

Bill remembers Bud taking him for a ride at 7 years old on his Harley motorcycle. Great memory! We will miss him dearly! Sorry for your loss!

Judy Meier

June 22, 2020

I would echo my brother's (David Thielman) words. Bud was such a wonderful man and a great companion to our mother these past three-plus years. He was usually with mom when we visited her and we would always have such great conversations. My husband and I also loved Bud like a father. We both lost our dads at very young ages and really relished the relationship we developed with him. He was truly special.

We will miss this wonderful man very much. Our hearts go out to Bud's daughters and their extended families at this sad time. May your memories comfort you.

David Thielman

June 20, 2020

Bud was an extraordinary man! He was my mother's (Mary Ann Thielman) VERY best friend the past 3 years. They spent virtually every day together, until her December illness forced her to move from Tradition, and finally, COVID forced them to be isolated from each other. He continued to call her every single morning (her loving wake up call), and several times each day to check in and chat. He was so kind and thoughtful. Most of my visits ended up being extended conversations with Bud. He was the definition of a 'gentleman' - I loved him like a father!
I will miss this gentle and kind man very much - and I'm a better man for having known him! My sincere sympathy to his daughters and extended family. May you be blessed by these words and comforted as you mourn.