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Alva L. "Slim" Bussian

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Alva "Slim" Bussian

Alva L. "Slim" Bussian went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on October 28, 2014, due to COPD, after falling and breaking his hip. He was born on July 13, 1925 in Aberdeen, SD to Fredrick and Martha "Kluck" Bussian.
He spent his early years on the family farm outside of Westport, SD. At age 17, with the necessary consent of his parents, he joined the US Army Air Corp during the war. He was stationed overseas in the Southwest Pacific. One memorable occasion during his tour of duty was flying over Tokyo on VJ Day. He was honorably discharged at the end of WWLL.
As a civilian, he went to work as a heavy equipment operator, working his way up to a supervisor. He helped build most of the highways in Colorado. He moved on to owning his own long haul truck and operated in most every state.
He and his first wife, Ginny, settled in Akron, CO, where he owned and operated a restaurant and bar for several years. He was also very active on the town council in Akron. As a council member, he was instrumental in expanding the airport and arranging boxing and fishing tournaments for the youth in the area. During this time, Ginny passed away from cancer.
Fishing was his passion. When he retired, he and his wife, Ine, moved to Brule, NE, on the south side of Lake McConaughy, where he could fish all the time and enjoy retirement.
During that time, his step-daughter, son-in-law and granddaughters from California moved to Brule and he became the best grandpa. Later on, his stepson and daughter-in-law from Arizona, also joined the family in Nebraska.
Slim and Ine made their final move to Morristown in 1999, where his stepson and daughter-in-law and their family lived and were joined by his stepdaughter's family, including his granddaughters. He became an active member of the Morristown Christian Church and he especially enjoyed potlucks at the church, not just for the good food, but for the wonderful fellowship.
He dearly loved his family and had a special place in his heart for his great-grandchildren. He will be deeply missed by his family and his church family. He had wonderful stories about all the adventures in his life and it was truly a full and blessed life. Some of us were privileged to be grafted into the family from his second marriage, but you would never know from the love he showed all of us that we were not related by blood.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fredrick and Martha Bussian; sister Elaine Schnorr and her husband Cliff; sister Verna Pautsch and her husband Otto, "Bud"; infant brother Merle Bussian; brother-in-law Barry Boyce; nephew Paul Turner; wife Virginia "Ginny" Bussian; second wife, Adeline "Ine" Bussian; step daughter-in-law Dorothy Green-Lee; and step niece Debbie Janovitz.
He leaves a sister, Orene Boyce; nieces Darlene Turner, Janet, Nancy and Michelle Boyce; Susan Kay Pautsch; nephews Harry "Swede" Holmsten; Gerald Robert Schnoor; and David Boyce; and from Ine's family, step son David Green-Lee (Susie); step daughters Linda Janovitz (Fran) and Donna Oldenburg (Stan); grandchildren James Green-Lee; Barbara Hutchinson (Russell); Lisa Thrush (Robert); Michelle Fong (Jason); Sarah Oldenburg (Ricky); Susan Lauhon (Jeff) and their three children, Carolyn Blum (Greg), Cathy Janovitz; great-grandchildren Kayla Storm (Matt); Dustin Thrush; Daniel Green-Lee; Dorothy Green-Lee; Renae and Isabella Greening; and Jesse, Alice and Claire Fong.
Memorial services were held on Saturday, November 15 at the Morristown Christian Fellowship Church in Morristown. Arrangements were under the direction of Wickenburg Funeral Home and Crematory. Online condolences can be offered online at www.wickenburgfuneralhome.com.
Published in Akron News-Reporter on Jan. 7, 2015
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