Lyle V. “Bud” Belk
August 15, 1928 – July 27, 2020
Lyle V. “Bud” Belk passed away unexpectedly on Monday, July 27, 2020, at the age of 91.
Bud is predeceased by his parents, Vernon and Eva Belk, his brother Harold Belk, and his sister Phyllis and brother-in-law Bill Ptak.
Bud is lovingly remembered by his sons Brad (Carolyn) of Coon Rapids, Minnesota, and John (Joni) of Fargo, North Dakota, Brad and John’s mother, Virginia Belk (Fargo), grandchildren Taylor (Bree) Belk, Tessa (Cory) Samson, Hannah (Levi) Arneson, all of Fargo, Jacob Belk, Blaine, Minnesota, Alexia, and Zachary Belk, Fargo.
Bud also adored his five great-grandchildren: Finnley & Maverick Samson, Brezlynn & Bowden Belk, and Emmett Arneson.
Bud was born on August 15, 1928, on the family farm, north of Henry, South Dakota. After graduating from Henry High School, he attended South Dakota State University where he played basketball. Bud was a founding member of South Dakota Independent Basketball.
In 1957, he enlisted in the Navy, spending a year in Japan.
Bud returned to South Dakota and began his coaching career with the Watertown Arrows. In 1959 Bud took a job coaching boys basketball at Abraham Lincoln H.S. in San Diego, California.
Bud returned to South Dakota in the summer of 1960 as the head coach of the Aberdeen High School Golden Eagles boys basketball team. In his first season, they won the State Championship.
In 1964, Bud accepted the NDSU men’s basketball assistant coach position.
In 1967 he became head coach of the Bison. His 1970-1971 season saw the Bison win their first NCC Championship since 1951.
Bud also served as an educator throughout his coaching career. In August of 1975, The Belk’s relocated to Salt Lake City as Bud completed his P.H.D. and began writing his dissertation at the University of Utah. In August of 1976, they returned to Fargo and Bud continued teaching until 1998, when he retired from NDSU.
Bud’s interests included visiting family & friends, playing cards, working on puzzles, researching family ancestry, and demonstrating his laser-fast navigation on his iPhone & iPad. Bud was a 63-year member of ELKS.
A small family ceremony will be scheduled at a later date.
If a memorial is desired, consider the Disabled American Veterans, or local food shelf.