Jan S. Bussell
Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory - Okeechobee
400 North Parrott Avenue
Okeechobee, FL
Celebration of Life
Dec, 4 2021
11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
River Acres Airport FD70
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Jan S. Bussell, 80
JAN S. BUSSELL a longtime resident of Palm Beach County living in Okeechobee, FL, passed away peacefully on August 27, 2021. Jan was born in Phoenix, AZ to Carey and Irene Bussell and spent his early childhood in Prescott, AZ prior to moving to Arkansas. In 1958 the family settled in North Palm Beach where Jan attended Palm Beach High School graduating in 1959. He earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree at Florida State University. Early in his career Jan taught Industrial Arts at Jupiter High School. His fascination with flying prompted Jan to get his pilot's license; he was a member of the Civil Air Patrol. Jan purchased his first airplane in 1967. In 1976 he became a flight instructor and then a Professor and Administrator at Palm Beach Community College (Palm Beach State College). Jan was instrumental in establishing their aeronautics program, flight school and nursing program. In 1998 Jan retired from PBSC as Dean of Vocational Education. Upon retirement he began building an RV-6A airplane and then an RV-6; he used both for instructing pilots. A lifelong educator, his love of flying nearly rivaled his love of teaching. Jan logged over 7,000 hours in more than 30 different types of aircraft and was the President of the River Acres Airport FD70 in Okeechobee.
Jan married Joyce Green (Bussell) in March of 1987. They met at church and shared a love of travel, camping and helping others. They resided in Juno, FL and later moved to Okeechobee (River Acres); they also have a second home in Dandridge, TN. When not flying, Jan also enjoyed classic cars, building, reading, boating and spending time with his family. Jan was an exceptional husband, brother and father. He touched the lives of many and with his great sense of humor ever present he loved sharing his knowledge of construction, mechanics, and aeronautics. Jan is survived by his wife, Joyce Green Bussell; brother, Joe Bussell; sister, Kathryn Reiter; sister-in-law, Carol Huber Bussell; children, Tim Bussell, Janet Bussell-Eriksson, and Janene Bussell; along with cousins and generations of nieces/nephews.
Jan's Celebration of Life will be held, Saturday, December 4, 2021 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM at River Acres Airport FD70 - 19840 NW 94th Drive, Okeechobee, FL 34972 Email: [email protected] for more info or to RSVP.
In lieu of flowers, donations to either: Hospice of Okeechobee OR Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Those wishing to leave a message of Condolence can at: www.okeechobeefuneralhome.com/obituaries

Published by Lake Okeechobee News and SouthCentralLife.com on Sep. 8, 2021.
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Celebration of Life
11:00a.m. - 4:00p.m.
River Acres Airport FD70
19840 NW 94th Drive, Okeechobee, FL
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Buxton and Bass Okeechobee Funeral Home & Crematory - Okeechobee
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