John E. Bussing, 72, of Brazil, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2003, at Kindred Hospital in Indianapolis.
He was born Nov. 27, 1931, in Clay County, the son of Charles and Ola McClannahan Bussing.
He graduated from Brazil High School, Class of 1949. Following graduation, he entered the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. During his service career he served in Eruope and the Far East, being awarded the Air Force Meritorious Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal, plus numerous other medals and awards. He also completed the B.S. Degree requirements during this period.
Following his retirement from the Air Force, he served in several social service activities until disability forced him to retire in 1994. He then became an avid collector.
He married Sipriana Rodriguez on March 1, 1957, in Ellsworth, Kan. He was a life-long member of the Annunciation BVM Church and a life member of the VFW 1127.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, John E. Bussing, Jr.; two brothers, Charles Bussing and James Bussing; two brothers-in-law, Marc Rodriguez and Rudy Rodriguez, and one sister-in-law, Mary Lou Botello.
He is survived by his wife; three daughters and sons-in-laws, Kirsten and Kip Kumpf, Melanie and Kurt Taylor, all of Brazil, and Cecilia and Chuck Miles of Folsom, Calif.; one son, Eric Bussing of Covington, Ky.; eight grandchildren, Shawna Duncan and her companion Dale Berry, Carlina Miles, Spencer Miles, Tavia Taylor, Sydney Taylor, Kyle Kumpf, Olivia Kumpf, and Zachary Kumpf; one great-grandson, Jordan Berry; three brothers, Stephen Bussing, Robert Bussing, and Michael Bussing; three sisters, Mary Jo Cox, Peggy Arnold and Paulette Johnson and her husband Richard; sisters-in-law, Carol Bussing, and Kay Bussing, Lupe Lutz and husband Robert, Frances Jacobo and husband James; brothers-in-law, Petra Rodriguez and wife Georgia, Angel Rodriguez, Jose and Mary Rodriguez, John and Genie Rodriguez, Leon and Juanita Rodriguez, and Daniel And Connie Rodriguez; many nieces, nephews and a large extended family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday at 11 a.m. at Annunciation Church, with Father Rob Hausladen officiating. Burial will follow at Restlawn Cemetery. The Air Force Military Honor Guard will be providing graveside rites. Visitation will be Wednesday at French Funeral Home from 4-8 p.m., with Rosary at 7 p.m.
The family requests that memorial contributions be directed to the Annunciation School or to the Cornerstone Christian Academy, or to the charity of choice. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
Light a candle in his memory at www.frenchfuneralhome.com.