Norman J. Busch, 89, a longtime resident of Sylvania Twp, passed away Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at The Toledo Hospital. He was born in Detroit, MI in 1925, to parents Joseph and Irma (Vanneiuwkerke) Busch who preceded him in death.
A man of honor and of his word, Norman was proud to have served with the United States Army during WWII. After years of long days and nights applying his sharp mind and work ethic, Norm was able to establish multiple businesses in the Toledo area. He founded and operated Busch, Inc. an excavating and construction company for more than 20 years, before retiring into fulltime farming in 1985; until last year, when his son succeeded him. As a father he wanted the best for his children. Often forced to work for weeks away from home, he had his eye on the future, knowing that his hard work and sacrifice would provide for his family. Norman served as the President of Able Equipment, and was a member of the North Baltimore Post of the American Legion.
As a grandfather, Norm acted as a role model and caretaker for his grandchildren, both of whom spent a great deal of time with their grandfather or "Poppy." Though he was a man of few words, at any given time you could find either of his grandchildren or children out on the farm with him enjoying his wisdom, insights or plying him with the oatmeal cookies that his wife or daughter would make.
Norman is survived by his loving wife of 64 years, Margaret Busch; daughter and caregiver, Victoria Busch; son, Richard Busch; grandchildren, James Richard and Kristin Marie Busch, and sister, Delores McCamey. He was also preceded in death by brothers, Walter and George Busch.
Friends may call at the Reeb Funeral Home, 5712 Main St. Sylvania, OH, Friday, June 6, from 4-9 p.m., where Funeral Services will be held Saturday, at 11 a.m. He will be laid to rest with Military Honors at Toledo Memorial Park.
Those wishing to offer memorials in Norman's honor are asked to consider the Honor Flight of Northwest Ohio or a meaningful
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Thanks for everything Dad, we love and will miss you!
Reeb Funeral Home
5712 N. Main Street
Sylvania, OH 43560
Published in Toledo Blade on June 5, 2014