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Norman Martin Frances "Norm" Buse was born to Ida and Robert Buse in the family home on Pine Street in Everett on April 17, 1920. He left his home in Warm Beach to join his beloved wife Toni in Heaven on May 28, 2013.
Norman Martin Frances "Norm" Buse
A lifelong member of Everett's Immanuel Lutheran Church, Norm attended Immanuel Lutheran Grade School, grades one through eight, in the church basement. He spent his ninth grade year at North Junior High and was a proud graduate in the Everett High Class of 1938, having served as captain of the football team and student body president his senior year. At Everett High School he met Toni Kimpe, the love of his life.
Norm and Toni married on January 16, 1942, just before Norm left for World War Two. He served in the South Pacific as the youngest Chief Petty Officer in the Sea Bees, the construction battalions of the United States Navy. Before he shipped out, Norm and Toni worked out a secret coded map so that he could let her know where he was in the letters he sent home to her during the War.
After the War, he and Toni partnered with his brother Del and their sister-in-law Mary to purchase the old Edgewater Golf Course on Smith Island, where they first tried farming and later built a sawmill in an old hay barn on the property. They bought forty acres of land out at Lake Martha at a tax sale and logged for three days each week, and then sawed the logs into lumber the other two days.
Eventually, they built Buse Mill, the modern sawmill that still stands by the side of Interstate 5, between Everett and Marysville. The Buse family took pride in the quality of lumber they produced and in the skilled people whom they employed.
When Norm took time away from the business, he enjoyed fishing and boating in the San Juan Islands and British Columbia, hunting in Eastern Washington, and spending time with family and friends at the waterfront home he built at Warm Beach.
Norm was preceded in death by his wife of forty-two years, Antoinette Emilie Marie Kimpe Buse; his parents; his brother, Frederic; his brothers and sisters-in-law, August and Margaret, and Delmer and Mary.
He is survived by
his sister-in-law, Mary
(Frederic); his children, Mike (Penny), Kathy (Dennis) Bright, Jon (Vonda), Dona Buse, Gary (GayeAnn),
Debbie Buse, and Lori Husby. He leaves fifteen grandchildren, twelve great-grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
Norm's children wish to thank their sisters, Debbie and Lori, for the special care they have devoted to their father for the last several years, and also in-home caregivers, Shawn Mills, Lorri Wenrick, Karla Wilkins, and Krystal Cheever, Dr. Kevin Clay, Mandy Risso and Miranda Parson of the Nurse Partner Program at Everett Clinic, Suzann Oakes, physical therapist at Warm Beach Senior Center, and Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.
Visitation will be Thursday June 6, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Friday, June 7, from
9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Bauer Funeral Chapel.
Private burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2521 Lombard Avenue, Everett.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Immanuel Lutheran Church Vicar's Fund, the Norman and Antoinette Buse Vocational Scholarships at The Stanwood Camano Area Foundation, P.O Box 1209, Stanwood, WA 98292 or Providence Hospice of Snohomish County.
Arrangements are under the direction of the Bauer Funeral Chapel in Snohomish.
Published in The Herald (Everett) from June 2 to June 4, 2013
Arrangements under the direction of:
Bauer Funeral Chapel
701 First Street | Snohomish, WA 98290 | (360) 568-4126