Charles Theodore “Bud” Carlow


Charles Theodore “Bud” Carlow, passed away on October 26, 2021.

CARLOW—Charles Theodore “Bud” Carlow, after 91 years of a full and memorable life, passed away on October 26, 2021, at his home in Florence, Ore., surrounded by his loving family.

Bud was born April 15, 1930, in Rapid City, S.D., to David Carlow and Hazel (Provost) Carlow. A member of Oglala Sioux Tribe, Bud grew up on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, where he was fondly known to many as “Pumphandle.”

Leaving the reservation as a teen, he traveled to Spokane, Wash., with his aunt and cousins. Bud first found work as a busboy at Geiger Air Force Base. He loved to tell of serving the famous actress Shirley Temple and her husband John Agar, an Army Air Corps Sergeant.

At 17, Bud enlisted in the Coast Guard and served on the USCGC Mallow, which he referred to as “The Mighty Mallow.”

He met and married Starling June Rose while stationed at Charleston, Ore., in 1947 and had their son Monte Joe Carlow (Graham).

Following his honorable discharge, Bud worked in logging camps, spent time as a butcher and finished his career driving truck for over 30 years. In his younger years, he had a passion for motorcycles, cars and racing hydroplanes, but moving heavy equipment became his real passion. It was well known that loggers would wait to move their sides until Bud Carlow was available to move them. He was known in the industry as one of the best!

In 1958, Bud met and married Dorothy Rosamond, the love of his life. Over the next several years, a son, Buddy Sioux, and a daughter, Renee De, completed their family. Florence, Ore., became their home in the early 1960s. He and Dorothy attended his children’s and grandchildren’s sports and rodeos. And he took pride in teaching his kids to water ski, drive cars and trucks and ride motorcycles.

Bud looked forward to the annual Provost-Carlow reunions, spending time with family, celebrating Oglala Sioux customs and honoring his heritage. A special tradition of the Sioux is their “Naming Ceremony,” As a boy, Bud was given the name Wanbli Cikala (Little Eagle). Many of his children and grandchildren were honored at Naming Ceremonies, where Bud gave them their Indian Names, something he was very proud to do.

At the time of his death, Bud was survived by five of his children — Monte (Melody) Carlow (Graham), Judy Carlow, Jim Barton, Buddy (Karen) Carlow and Renee McCurdy (Phil), two stepsons, Ev May and Rod May, numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren from one to 53 years of age, and four sisters, Margaret Surface, Doris Compton, Ina Mae Hargrove and Joleen Graham.

In addition to his wife Dorothy and his parents, Bud was preceded in death by his son Ron Rose, grandson Jason Graham and five siblings.

Bud Carlow was bigger than life, generous to a fault and deeply loved by his family. His wonderful gift for storytelling and vivid memories were a treasure.

We invite his family and friends to celebrate this amazing man with us and his life well lived. The Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, May 7, 2022, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Florence Events Center, 715 Quince St., Florence OR, 97349.

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