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Robert Louis Vadnais

February 7, 1931 ~ November 10, 2021 (age 90)


Robert “Bud” Vadnais 90, Detroit lakes, MN passed away Wednesday, November 10 at the VA hospital in Fargo, ND

Bud was born on February 7, 1931, in St Paul, MN to Clarence & Lucille Vadnais. After he graduated from high school, he enlisted in the United States Air Force on February 21, 1948 and was honorably discharged on March 25, 1954.

In 1952, Bud married Theresa Wilkerson, and to this union four children were born. The couple later divorced. He later met Arlene Osmonson.  They moved to Frazee, MN in 1973, and were married in 1974.  

Bud was hard working and spent many years doing mechanic and auto body work. He owned and operated area bars and grills; Swinging Doors, Tree House & Lake Center Store.  He enjoyed working with people and would help anyone in need. He enjoyed the outdoors and loved to fish and hunt.

Bud is survived by his children, Robert (Tammie) Vadnais, Donnamae (David) Miller, and Randy Vadnais; stepchildren, Dean Osmonson, Darryl Osmonson and Wendy (Joe) Olson; siblings, Jerry (Darlene) Vadnais, and Richard Vadnais; brother-in-law John Neuner; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Robert is preceded in death by daughter Brenda Vadnais; parents Clarence and Lucille; wife Arlene Vadnais; stepmother Betty Vadnais; stepson Patrick George; sister and brother-in-law, Lois & Harold Wylie; brother and sister-in-law Ronald & Beverly Vadnais; and sister Pat Neuner.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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