Paul Michael Busch entered heaven on Aug. 27, 2011, due to an accidental drowning.
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Paul was born in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 31, 1985. Paul was a gifted athlete, a philosopher, and well-loved brother, son and friend. He was an excellent fly fisherman, hiker, climber and skier. If it was a physical activity, Paul excelled in it. Loved by everyone in the universe, he certainly loved life and lived it to the fullest everyday.
He was a graduate of Pleasant Hill High School, where he excelled in sports, and was active in Student Council and had a crew of true friends. He had a pixie-ish sense of humor and loved pranks but was never unkind to anyone.
Paul was a student at Montana State University and had planned to attend fire academy after completing his degree. He was devoted and loving to his parents, sisters and friends – and he will be missed beyond measure.
He came to Montana as an AmeriCorps volunteer and stayed on with the Forest Service as a wilderness ranger which allowed him to tromp through the forest everyday with his buddy, Kyle, and his amazing dog, Fred. Paul was very much a lover of nature, both the micro and macro view. He appreciated the commonality of natural elements, but perhaps more so the diversity of nature which makes all things unique. He loved the rocks, the trees, the rippling streams and cloud-dotted blue sky. He was also aware of the underlying force surrounding and uniting those elements.
Whether it be Montana, Missouri, the Mission Mountains, or anywhere on earth, his spirit has been released to join in that force. We cannot understand it, but Paul's spirit/soul is now a part of it. If you would like to see what Paul sees, go to a mountain top. If you would like to hear what Paul hears, listen to the wind in the trees or the gentle ripple of a mountain stream. If you would like to feel what Paul feels, dip your hand into a cool mountain stream, for this is heaven to Paul.
He is survived by his parents, Steve and Anne Busch; sisters, Sadie Geppert and Kerry McGhee; brothers-in-law, Dan and Blake; aunts, uncles, cousins, friends from everywhere he went and his dog, Fred.
A gathering to celebrate Paul's life will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 1, at the Thomsons' home in Kalispell. For information about attending, please contact Devon Thomson at (406) 270-1936.
Garden City Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, http://www.bmwf.org/, or to the Wilderness Society, http://wilderness.org.
Garden City Funeral Home
1705 West Broadway
Missoula, MT 59808
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Sept. 1, 2011