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William J. Busch
1934 - 2020
Dr. William J. (Bill) Busch passed away peacefully on December 21, 2020 in Meridian, Idaho. He was 86. Bill came to town at the age of two, when his parents, arriving in Los Angeles from Connecticut, turned around and headed back to the sunshine in Las Vegas. He grew up on South Main Street in downtown Las Vegas and attended the Fifth Street Grammar School and Las Vegas High School. In high school he participated in student government, academic clubs and sports, but is best remembered for being on the relay team that set a state track and field record in 1953. Bill attended Brigham Young University, where he met and married the love of his life, Pearl Bernadot. December 21st was their 65th wedding anniversary. After college, Bill and Pearl lived in Los Angeles where Bill attended and graduated from the USC School of Dentistry. He opened his own office on East Charleston Blvd., but soon was commuting to Loma Linda University studying periodontics, eventually establishing his practice on East Sahara Ave. His skill and reputation for treating his patients with compassion was well known in the dental community. Bill had enormous energy and many interests and talents. First and foremost, he was a family man, passing on his love of sport and activity to his children. Most weekends in the summer were spent on Lake Mead; in the winter skiing at Lee Canyon or Brian Head were the activities. The children were all active in high school, whether competing in swimming and skiing, marching in the high school band or cheer leading. Bill himself was an active runner and skier until his late 70's. Bill was gregarious and fun loving, ever ready with a good story or joke. He was active in the community, both through Rotary and as a member of the State Board of Dental Examiners, serving as its Executive Director following his retirement. After the children were grown, Pearl and Bill traveled together, to Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Bill also worked on humanitarian projects in Europe and the Americas. He was passionate about his hobbies and never slowed following retirement. Working on the restoration of his beloved 1963 red Porsche (License: Y55MPH) kept him busy at home. His love of water color painting accompanied him on many travels throughout the West, and he was honored to have his work included in exhibitions of the Nevada Watercolor Society. Bill is survived by his wife, Pearl; their five children: Cathy (Michael) Buckley, Laura (Laurent) Vonderveidt, Jeri (Chris) Hagen, Ned (Ann) and John; and eleven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Burial and services are private. The family requests that in lieu of flowers donations be made in Bill's memory to the Las Vegas Rotary Foundation. No services scheduled.
Published by Las Vegas Review-Journal on Dec. 29, 2020.
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To Uncle Bill, I always enjoyed visiting you and aunt Pearl. The last time I was there was during my brother's stay in the hospital and I stayed with you for a week. Each day I would take a walk with you through the neighborhood and we would discuss different styles of roofing and methods to replace the roof on your home. You gave this hours and hours of thought. I recall being proud of myself because I could keep up with you, and a walker I was not, only to find out one day prior to our walk I noticed you strapping 5 lb weights on your ankles. I was humbled. We exchanged many jokes together and had good laughs. I know everybody misses you. I love and miss you. Gordon
Gordon Penrod
January 10, 2021
To Pearl and all of the Busch family Bill was one of the 1st Dentists I meet when I started my practice and he became one of my all-time favorite people! I have many wonderful memories of Board and association meetings and of reminiscing about our town before it got too big! I count it as a blessing to have had Bill as an esteemed colleague, mentor and friend who will not be forgotten! I offer my sincere condolences. Steve Fleming
Steve Fleming
January 3, 2021
Pearl, you and Bill were always so good to be around. Thank you for inviting us to share your Apricot Parties when the fruit was mature and plentiful in your orchard. God bless and comfort you and your family at this time.
Judy Ciliax
January 3, 2021
Bill was a dear friend of all the O'Donnell family growing up in Las Vegas. He was particularly close with my brother, Pat, in high school and later in skiing. My prayers are with Pearl and the family. Wonderful man.
Miriam O'Donnell Pemberton
December 30, 2020
Bill was a terrific guy...a great sense of humor. He and Joe were the best of friends and great Rotary supporters. He will be missed.
Megg McNamee
December 30, 2020
So sorry to hear about Bill. I respected him as a person as well as a periodontist. Our thoughts are with you and your family.
David Gartenberg
December 29, 2020
I was a high school Friend
Toni Jolley King
December 29, 2020
Very sorry for your loss. He was my friend and mentor many years ago. Wishing the entire Busch family great strength during this difficult time in your life.
Steven Saxe
December 29, 2020
Loved Bill. So much fun to be with. Knew every joke that ever existed and could recite them one after another. Pearl and he were such an amazing and kind couple. I know she and the rest of his family will miss him dearly. Bill was a great member of the Clark County Dental family. He did so much for the Las Vegas community. Was such a privilege to have known him. My wife Andi and I send our deepest condolences.
Mickey Hollingshead
December 29, 2020
I knew Bill through the Nevada Watercolor Society. We attended a workshop together. He was always goodnatured and fun to be around, a genuinely nice man. My sympathy to his family.
Shirley Winslow
December 29, 2020
My condolences to Pearl and her family on the passing of Dr. Busch. He was a lovely man who contributed much to our community. He will be missed.
Miriam Shearing
December 29, 2020
Dear Pearl and Family, Please accept my sincere condolences. I was honored to consider Dr. Busch not only an employer but also a colleague, mentor and friend.
Linda Simpson
December 29, 2020
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