Busch, Walter (January 23, 1917 - December 28, 1989)

Walter Busch

Douglas Budget - January 3, 1990

Funeral services for Walter Busch, 72, were held Wednesday, Jan. 3, at the Congregational United Church of Christ in Douglas, with Rev. Roy C. Siewert officiating. Interment was in the family plot at the Douglas Park Cemetery with the 100F Lodge #15 conducting graveside rites.

Mr. Busch died Thursday, Dec. 28, 1989 at Michael Manor in Douglas following a short illness.

He was born Jan. 23, 1917 in Gering, Neb., the son of Peter and Anna Katherine (Herman) Busch. He was reared and educated in Scottsbluff county schools. He then farmed for his father for several years.

He was married to Florence Thiel on August 28, 1940 in Scottsbluff, Neb. They moved to Riverton and lived there for two years and then returned to the Scottsbluff area.

He worked on a sugar beet and sheep farm in Scottsbluff county prior to moving to Douglas in 1947 where he remained a resident until the time of his death. He was involved in farming and ranching for 43 years. He also owned and operated the Busch Tractor Company from 1958 to 1977. He was a founding director of the First National Bank in Douglas.

He was a member of the Congregational United Church of Christ, where he served on the board of trustees; the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge #15 of Douglas, Mountain Valley Rebekah Lodge #15, served as a board member of the Douglas Reservoir Water Users Association; Douglas Moose Lodge #602; and served as county commissioner from 1969 to 1971.

He is survived by his wife, Florence, of the family farm; three daughters, Sandra Nunn of Rock Springs, Barbara Busch of Redondo Beach, Calif., and Aleta Torgerson of Douglas; two brothers, Herman and Edward Busch both of Riverton; four sisters, Anna Wiedeman, Mary Heil, and Nettie Weber all of Riverton, and Alvina Brown of Worland; three granddaughters and one grandson; and four great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Pete Busch; one nephew; and two nieces.

Serving as pallbearers were Robert Busch, Richard Busch, Ronald Busch, Tony Busch, Marvin Heil, Dan Wiedeman, and Bennett Brown.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Frank Stepanich, Frank Burrell, Stan Lass, Henry King, Joe Shinmori, LeRoy Lewis, Elwyn Richendifer, Eddie Moore, Henry Turner, Lester Spracklen, Bob Gravatt, Ellis Cafferty, Harold Hardesty, Rory Cross, brothers of the I00F Lodge; and all of his many other friends.

A memorial to the Congregational United Church of Christ, Converse County Cancer Fund, I00F Lodge #15, or to the choice of the donor would be appreciated by the family.

The Converse Funeral Chapel of Douglas was in charge of the arrangements.

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