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  • Aug 29, 2010 9:55pm

    I am so honored to be included in and witnessing this miracle of love and transition.  We should all be so fortunate to lead such a full life with family and friends and be surrounded by them all when we decide it's time to go.  There is no doubt that Biggie's journey will continue to be nothing short of exquisite.  I just kinda know that.  I hope that he and all of you have room for my love.  I send much to you.

    Azizza Davis Goines

  • Aug 29, 2010 10:57am

    Dear Family in Woodlake.

    We have get the sadly message about your very hardly days about your disease, Bud . I could feel it yesterday, when I was reading Lisa's  note on Facebook and now have Svend Eli given us the sadly meesage. You and your lovely family are all in our mind. Lovely message from Johannes og Kathrine too all of you
    Poul Erik og Elin

    Elin Egholm Lyngsø

  • Aug 29, 2010 9:28am

    Really appreciate the updates.  Think about all of you every day.  Les

    Leslie Powell

  • Aug 27, 2010 11:50pm

    Sounds like good Ole Bud is happy to be home.  I may make a nuisance of myself manana (what the heck, tomorrow).  Would love to talk with you again.  I love you, Bud, Betty, Lisa, Ann, David and Kelly, too.  My prayers are still flowing for you all. 

    Janet McCoy

  • Aug 27, 2010 10:29pm

    Dear Ralph Stanley of Westgate,

    This is James Thomas of Westgate.
    You'll always be Bud.
    I'll always be Bro.
    Thanks for always sharing the the lives of your family through the photos  and the memories of the good old days.
    Time to get well now.
    We're rooting for you.

    Bro Burton 

    James Burton

  • Aug 27, 2010 9:42pm

    Hi Kilburns, Thanks for the easy updates without having to bother you in this critical time. You're in my daily thoughts and prayers. I have the impression that love is easing the pain and anxiety that only to be expected. Peace and Love, Gerald Clare

    Gerald Clare

  • Aug 27, 2010 5:10pm

    My prayers are with you all at this time. May God's hand be with you and be of comfort.  Bud, you're one in a million.  Betty and kids, you're so lucky to be with Bud now.  God bless.
    Anne Bennett 

    Anne Bennett

  • Aug 27, 2010 3:09pm

    Dear Bud and family,

    Who would have thunk?  When the two young brothers, Jakob and Kresten, left their home in Denmark to come to California, the last thing on their minds was how their decision would lead to happy reunions more than 100 years later.  Dealing with the immediate issues at hand was enough.  New country.  New language.  New everything!  To deal with the future beyond the current season was irrelevant.  The two young men did well in the new country, but Kresten got sick with an unknown illness.  He decided to go back to Denmark to get well and then rejoin his brother in California later.  He did get well all right but he never made that second trip across the ocean, and the two brothers would never meet again.  Being farm boys with very little formal schooling, the only form of communication at the time, letter writing, did not work very well.  The last letter from Jakob was dated August 1904.  The two brothers would carry on with their separate lives, including raising families of their own, on two different continents.  But they never knew whether the other one “made it” or not.  It would be late in the 20th Century before that letter from 1904 turned out to be instrumental in the two families finding each other.  Well, it is not two families.  It is ONE family.  Along the way, this family has been enriched by a long string of spouses, children, and in-laws.  A strong infusion of richness occurred when one of Jakob’s grandkids, Betty, married Bud and they raised their family in Woodlake, CA.  I can not even begin to explain the strength of the bond that we found existed across the ocean within our family, and Bud was always a strong component in this bond.  It is a privilege to know you, Bud.  Your positive outlook and your fun loving nature is contagious.  We are grateful that you were part of the deal when the family was reunited.  It just would not have been the same without you.  And we don’t care about the correctness of the terminology.  You ARE our cousin.  Thank you for being you!  Thank you for all the wonderful memories.  We love you.

    Mette and Svend 

    Svend Kuhr

  • Aug 27, 2010 11:54am

    What a beautiful gift you have been given to be sharing this time surrounded by family and love. I send light,love and energy to all!
     What kind of bird is Bud holding in last posted picture of Bud? You know me and birds, Doesn't look like a Turkey or Peacock.. Quail perhaps? I love you all!

    Cathy Lewis

  • Aug 27, 2010 10:37am

    Just wanted you to know my thoughts are with all of you! Bud is an amazing father and friend! He has left his mark on this world and made it a better place! We are all thankful for that!! He will be missed very much and I know all of you are very proud of him!

    Debi Baker

  • Aug 27, 2010 10:30am


    I wanted to thank you for everything: for being my friend, for sharing some of those great stories, all your knowledge of just about everything.  All the tapes you gave me which you called the ‘Classics for Anita” of Strauss and Brahms and others has given hours of fabulous music.  As I play them they will remind me of you, Bud.  

    You know, you never told me how you caught that baby crow.  You had one of the best cubicles at work, as I remember, that had a great window view.  That one morning I came to work and as normal it was quite.  You had finished your morning checks and not wanting to disturb anyone, I only said good morning to you.  All of a sudden I hear this screeching, a little bit abnormal from what you normally hear in an office, but you were my neighbor HA-HA.  Well, the screeching got louder and more insistent.  Since our cubicles shared a 5 foot partition I was able to look over, but that noise sounded like I may not want to do that, but consider going the other way to the front door.  I asked you if you were there, you said in your most Budzee way, “Yes, I’m here.”  What is that sound Buddy, I asked?  You told me to just come over and see.  Well I did and there in a box, with a covering for when it sleeps, you had baby crow.  And it was very ugly…very few feathers and you were feeding it as fast as you could.  Buddy, it may be thinking you’re its mother.  You explained to me that it needs to eat often and it eats a lot.  I did not ask you what you were feeding it.  You never cease to amaze me with your giving of yourself, even to a baby crow.  That crow was a very lucky bird.  But all of us who were part of your life were the fortunate ones. 

    Thank you Budzee!

    Love you, Anita

    Anita Wilson

  • Aug 27, 2010 10:02am

    Every picture that you post of Bud reveals so much and brings a smile to my face and joy to my soul.  He's a fabulous photographer behind the camera and a extremely handsome, humorous, mischievous and caring person in front of it!!

    Love to all the Kilburns,
    Becky Baker

    Becky Walters Baker

  • Aug 26, 2010 7:26pm

    Bud & Betty, David, Ann, and Lisa,
    With a heavy heart I found out today about the additional cancer news.  I'm sorry I haven't kept in touch for some many years - I think the last time was my dad Joe's funeral?  How time goes by...time.  Good times, bad times, a whole life time; times spent together in our pasts, time now.  Life-long friendships - The Wollenman and Kilburn families shared alot of history together.  In my house, at our cabin in Mineral King, at Wanda & Joe's home - Bud, your photos taken over a life-time are still around us.  You were a very good photographer, but you missed your "calling" as a comedian.  Your humor and kidding around (you were kidding with me - right?) - made life fun.  Even when times were tough.  I'm sorry it's tough now for you.  I wish I could give you the sam "cheering-up" and joy you brought to so many of us.  Know that our family's prayers and happy thoughts of so many great memories being your friend, are with you now and forever.

    Our Wollenman family's LOVE to all of you!   GUY WOLLENMAN

    guy wollenman

  • Aug 26, 2010 1:29pm

    Hey Bud,
    So glad to hear that you are home - so much more comfy than any hospital environment.  I wish that I could be there to get in trouble with you, and, you do it soooo well. I remember the first time that we did the "Walk for Life" together. You said, "Ya know guy, there is a much faster and easier way to do this thing".  You then proceeded to show me every short-cut there possibly could be. You even had planned-in special venues for beer-breaks and still be one of the first to complete the walk. It was obvious that you spoke from experience, not guess-work. I will never forget your intructional info and  have already used a few of the better "Alternative Routes", in the last couple of years, ( mums the word ).
    I have told David many times that spending time with you is like spending time with my father ( eventhough you are much younger ). Both of you are extremely funny and both of you wear a continuous smile. These are just a couple of traits that have made you so special to me and everone that enters your life. Thanks for the ease of your instant friendship and sharing your wisdom with me. If I could obtain the insight from yourself and my father I would  be assured a future of happiness and contentment.
    Thanks Bud for yourself and your special family.
    Love -  Terry

    terry comer

  • Aug 26, 2010 1:07pm

    Love you all. What a blessing to have you all there sharing in life. We are blessed to being a part of you world. Pegnbob

    pegi black

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