June 10, 1937 — May 21, 2021

SPARTA - Clifford C. “Bud” Polhamus, 83, of Sparta, WI, passed away Friday, May 21, 2021, at the Tomah Nursing and Rehab Center in Tomah. Bud was born June 10, 1937, to Clifford and Josephine (Zais) Polhamus in Eau Claire, WI.

Bud married Audrey Lorenz on September 26, 1959. Together they raised their family in Sparta where Bud was active in the Lions and Eagles Clubs, serving as President of both. He was active in the Sparta Area Wrestling family as well. Bud owned and operated his own insurance business for many years.

Bud was born and raised in the city, but had a love for horses and rodeo. He served as president of both the Wisconsin Little Britches Rodeo Association and the Wisconsin High School Rodeo Association. Bud cherished the time he spent with his wife, kids, grandkids and rodeo family; he was a wonderful dad, and many will miss him.

Bud is survived by his wife of nearly 62 years, Audrey; children, Tracy (Robert) Olson, Samuel Polhamus, Valarie (Pat) Gerardy, Boyd (Sandee) Polhamus, and Andy (Traci) Polhamus, all of Sparta, WI; a sister Marcelene Brenner of Eau Claire, WI; ten Grandkids; and eight Great-Grandkids; along with many other relatives and good friends.

Bud was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Josh Polhamus in 1994.

Graveside services will be held at a later date in the Mount Hope Cemetery in Sparta, WI. Memorials may be given to the Bud Polhamus Memorial Rodeo Support Fund, 1st National Bank of Bangor, 1798 Commercial St, Bangor, WI 54614.

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The Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home of Sparta, WI, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Torkelson Page-Smith Funeral Home

Evans Print & Media Group

1302 River Rd.
P.O. Box 252

Sparta, WI 54656-0252

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