William "Bill" F. Busard
passed peacefully at his recently acquired home in Deltona, Florida on Sunday, August 10 attended by his two daughters and brother-in-law. He would have been 93 years old in September. Mr. Busard was born William Fife Bussard in East Lansing, Michigan on September 18, 1921. He lived in Muskegon, Michigan; Fortville, Indiana; and Speedway, Indiana. He attended Washington High School and was a 1939 graduate of Arsenal Technical High School. He attended Michigan State University, pursuing coursework in engineering. He was employed briefly by Detroit Diesel Allison before joining his father in the family business, a Ford dealership later incorporated as Busard Rents. The business was a fixture at 1330 Main Street, Speedway Indiana for 65 years. Generations of neighborhood kids remember the Coca-Cola machine in the back room of the business that dispensed six ounce green bottles of pop for 5¢ or 10¢.
Mr. Busard was a veteran of WWII, serving with the United States Navy in the South Pacific. Prior to enlisting, he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Mr. Busard was married to Nina Francis Ferguson on April 21, 1950 in McKee Chapel at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis.
Mr. Busard was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed camping and hiking. He had visited all 50 states and Europe. He also enjoyed model railroading and stamp collecting. Mr. Busard was a member of the Ford Model "T" Club and had restored several vehicles over the years including Model A's and T's. He was a past member of several groups including Model Railroad Club, Speedway Optimists, Indianapolis Stamp Club, Speedway Masonic Lodge #729, and Scottish Rite.
Mr. Busard and his family joined John Knox Presbyterian Church in Speedway shortly after its chartering. He served the church as deacon, elder, and as a member of numerous committees. He attended services regularly until moving to Florida in February. His faith was notable and he was at peace with life and God at the time of his passing.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Samuel E. and Grace W. Busard; his wife of 57 years, Nina Ferguson Busard; two sisters, Geraldine Kelley and Carroll Brown Hoover; brothers-in-law, Richard F. Brown Sr., Ned A. Schuler, and James Hoover; two nephews, Ned A. Schuler II and Thomas D. Kelley. He is survived by daughters, Peg Busard of Evanston, Illinois and Jenifer Kling of Deltona, Florida; sister, Jeanne Schuler of Orlando, Florida; brother-in-law, Ralph C. Kelley, Sr. of Cassville, MO; nine nieces and nephews; numerous great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins.
Calling will be Friday, August 15 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Conkle Funeral Home, Speedway Chapel . A celebration of life will be held at John Knox Presbyterian Church on Saturday, August 16 at 11:00 a.m. with calling at the church one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions may be made to John Knox Presbyterian Church, the National Park Foundation, or Wheeler Mission.