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Mrs. Grace E. Bush - 193 N. 35th St., Galesburg - Age 80, passed away Saturday evening, May 8 (1976)  at Lakeview General Hospital, Battle Creek.  Mrs. Bush was born in Syracuse, N.Y., May 10, 1895 and came to Galesburg in 1922 from Lawton.  Her husband, John Jay, preceded her in death in 1966.  She was a member of the Galesburg United Methodist Church.  Surviving are one daughter, Miss E. Elizabeth Bush of  Galesburg; several cousins.  Friends are being received at the Hoag-Switzer Funeral Home, Galesburg, where services will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. Rev. C. Jack Scott, of the Galesburg United Methodist Church, officiating.  Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery, Galesburg.  Friends who wish, may make contributions to the Galesburg United Methodist Church, envelopes available at the funeral home.   source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 10 May 1976

Mr. George Harlow Bushee - 6193 Francis St., Comstock - In addition to survivors previously mentioned is a half sister, Mrs. Rilla House of Benton Harbor, Mich.  Religious services will be conducted by Pastor Gerald Carnill, 11 a.m. Monday, Truesdale Downtown Chapel.  Interment, Mountain Home Cemetery, Otsego.  The family suggests that memorials be made to a charity of your choice.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Sat 21 Dec 1968

Mrs. Bessie M. Bushouse - 2331 S. Burdick - Passed away Sunday evening, December 19, 1976.  Mrs. Bushouse was born January 21, 1883 in Kalamazoo daughter of Frank and Jennie Meyer and was a lifelong resident of the Kalamazoo area.  She was a charter member of the Third Christian Reformed Church.  She was the widow of Nicholas Bushouse, who passed away in 1944.  Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Jennie Holthouse and Mrs. Susie Huizenga, both of Kalamazoo; several nieces and nephews.  She was preceded in death by her brother, Albert and her sister, Mrs. Ada Winebrenner.  Memorial services will be held Wednesday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Mr. William J. Buursma officiating.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 20 Dec 1976

Mrs. Katherine V. Bushouse - 1608 Kaywood Drive - Passed away suddenly Sunday morning (Nov, 14, 1971).  She was born February 25, 1901 in Kalamazoo, daughter of Lewis W. and Heln Troff VerSluis.  She was married to Claus Bushouse, October 24, 1929.  She was a member of the Third Christian Reformed Church and the Ladies Aid and Workshop For Missions of the church;  a member of the Business & Professional Womens Club and the Kalamazoo Musical Arts Club.  Surviving are her husband, Claus;  one brother, Lewis W. VerSluis of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  A brother, Reint L. VerSluis, passed away in June of 1962.  Friends are being received at the Joldersma & Klein Funeral Home.  Services will be held Wednesday at 2 from the Third Christian Reformed Church.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Third Christian Reformed Church or the North Christian School Fund.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 15 Nov 1971

Mr. Jay Harm Bushouse - 1110 Cambridge Dr., - Passed away Wednesday morning, March 3, 1976.  Mr. Bushouse was born June 29, 1886, in Kalamazoo and had been a lifelong resident here.  He had been employed as a chief engineer at Monarch Mill for 27 years, also employed at one time at  the Hapman Dutton Co., Clarage Fan and later with the Burdick Hotel.   He was a charter member of the Chief Engineers Club.  Surviving are one daughter and 2 sons,  Mrs. Jake (Eleanor) Westdorp of Kalamazoo,  Everett G. of Dayton, Ohio and Donald F. of Kalamazoo;  7 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren;  3 sisters and one brother, Mrs. Edith Baird of Lansing,  Claus, Miss Zenna and Mrs. Tina Parmalee, all of Kalamazoo;  several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Friday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622  S. Burdick.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Relatives and friends may meet the family at  the chapel Wednesday and Thursday evenings from 7 to 9 o’clock.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Wed 3 March 1976

Mrs. Sade K. Bushouse - 107 Fellows Ave. - Passed away Sunday morning,  Feb 20, 1972.  Mrs. Bushouse was born Sept. 7, 1891, in Jersey City, N.J. and had made her home in the Kalamazoo area most of her life.  She was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.  Her first husband, Theodore Kornmann, passed away in 1951.  She was later married to John Bushouse, who passed away in 1965.  A daughter, Mrs. Shirley Kistler, also preceded her in death.  Surviving are 2 grandsons, Theodore Kistler of Kalamazoo and John Kistler of Delton;  3 great-grandchildren; one brother, Thomas Brundage of Jersey City, N.J.   Memorial services will be held Tuesday at 1 o’clock at  the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.   Rev. John Cottrell officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 21 Feb 1972

Miss Jessie C. Bushouse - Kalamazoo, Mich. - “Neither shall there be pain anymore” Rev. 21:4.  Born August 24, 1911, daughter of John and Winnie Bushouse, in Kalamazoo, died January 2, 1977.  After more than 40 years, Jessie’s tortured mind is now at  peace, she was a patient at the Kalamazoo State Hospital since 1938.  She was a member of the Comstock Christian Reformed Church.   Surviving are one brother, Marvin Jay Bushouse of Prospect Park, N.J. and one sister, Mrs. J. Wilbur (Margaret) DeYoung of Parchment; several nieces and nephews.  Private graveside services will be held Tuesday morning at 11 o’clock in the Comstock Cemetery, Rev. Mr. Hessel Bouma officiating.   The family requests no flowers to be sent and memorial contributions may be made to the Comstock Christian Reformed Church.  Arrangements by the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 3 Jan 1977

Mr. Albert R. Busick - 1710 Avon Lea, Cincinnati, Ohio - Formerly 142 Wall St.,  Passed away Sunday afternoon, June 6, 1971, in Cincinnati.  Mr. Busick was born Feb. 28, 1906, in Vincennes, Ind., the son of Curtis and Georgia Busick and made his home in Kalamazoo for 40 years, and for the past 1-1/2 years in Cincinnati.  He retired in Feb. of 1969 from the Upjohn Co., where he was employed for 38 years.  His wife, Muriel, preceded him in death January 13, 1969. Mr. Busick is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Ted (Jeanette) Corryn of Des Plaines, Ill.; one son, Donald J. Busick of Cincinnati, Ohio;  9 grandchildren;  3 great-grandchildren;  his mother, Mrs. Georgia Busick of Evansville, Ind.;  one sister, Mrs Cliff (Mary Jean) Stunkel of Ft. Branch, Ind.; several nieces and nephews.  Memorial services will be held Thursday at 3 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick.  Friends may meet with the family at  the chapel Tuesday evening from 7 to 9, and Wednesday 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 7 June 1971

Mrs. Alice L. Butler - 1600 S. 11th St. - Passed away April 24 at Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Butler was born Aug. 21, 1874, in Brookfield, Vt., the daughter of William and Sarah Jane Banister.  She resided in Kalamazoo 35 years and was preceded in death by her husband, Clayton in 1937.  Surviving are three nieces, Mrs. Edward Curren, of  Kalamazoo;  Mrs. Charles Morgan of Richmond, Va.;  and Mrs. Fred Pearson, of Wehatchee, Wash.  Religious services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at the Truesdale South Chapel, Portage.   Interment will be at Riverside Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 25 April 1971

Mrs. Elizabeth A. Buss - Friendship Village - Passed away Wednesday evening, Feb. 23, 1977, at Friendship Village.  Mrs. Buss was the widow of Ray M. Buss.  She was born March 25, 1886.  Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James T. Welch of Paw Paw;  2 daughters-in-law, Mrs. Robert Buss of Kalamazoo and Mrs. George Buss of Marshfield, Wis.;  one sister, Amelia Japs of Laguna Hills, Calif.;  8 grand-children;  11 great grandchildren.  Two sons, Robert and George Buss, preceded her in death.  Services took place Friday 3 p.m. at the Truesdale Willliamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan, Mr. Ralph Spille officiated.  Interment was in Schoolcraft Cemetery.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 24 Feb 1977

Mrs. Forrest Buss (Winifred M) - 206 Elmwood Dr., Galesburg - Age 69, passed away Friday morning in Kalamazoo.  Mrs. Buss was born August 11, 1902, in Galesburg, the daughter of Rosco and Estella Rice and had lived her entire life in Galesburg. She was a music graduate of Western State Normal School and retired in 1964 as Post Master of the Galesburg Post Office, where she was employed for 42 years.  Mrs. Buss was a member of the Galesburg Congregational Church and of the Choir.  She was also a member of the Quota Club of Kalamazoo, was Past Matron of Galesburg OES, Past Worthy High Priestess Kalamazoo White Shrine, member of Past High Priestess Club, Past Chancelor of Ladies Auxiliary to Kalamazoo Chapter U.C.T. and a Past Grand Couselor of State of Michigan U.C.T. Ladies Auxiliary.  Mrs. Buss is survived by her husband, Forrest;  several nieces and nephews.  Friends are being received at the Hoag Schmitts Funeral Home, Galesburg, where services will be held Monday at 1 p.m., Rev. R. Larry Anderson officiating.  Interment in Oak Grove Cemetery. Memorials may be given to the Galesburg Congregational Church.    source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 3 Dec 1971

Mr. James H. Buswell  - 1028 Lay Blvd.  Age 89 - Passed away at his residence Friday afternoon June 25, 1976.  Mr. Buswell had been prominent for many years in local, state and national Baptist circles.  Mr. Buswell was born March 5, 1887 in Kenosha, Wisconsin son of Moses Colby Buswell, a Baptist minister and Kristine Mainland Buswell.  He was the oldest of six children, four of whom preceded him in death.  He had resided here since he was in his teens.  Mr. Buswell started the Buswell Advertising Agency in Otsego in 1912 and later established it in Kalamazoo.  In later years, Mr. and Mrs. Buswell operated a flower and vegetable farm.  He was the editor of the Michigan Baptist Magazine for more than 30 years and served on boards and committees of the American Baptist Convention.  He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Kalamazoo and had held every office within the church.  He taught the Mar-O-Not Sunday School class for 30 years.  In August, 1906 he was married to Edna Beryl Wight of Kalamazoo who passed away in 1931. On March 27, 1941 he was married to Gertrude Tousey of Kalamazoo who survives.  Also surviving are one son and two daughters, Mrs. Winfield J. (Ardith) Hollander of Kalamazoo,  Wallace of Midland and Mrs. Clare (Barbara) Anderson of Midland.  Eight grand children, 16 great grandchildren, one brother William Oliver Buswell of Wichita, Kansas.  Private interment in Mount Ever-Rest Cemetery will precede memorial services to be held Tuesday at 1 o’clock in the First Baptist Church with Dr. Albert C. Pittman officiating.  Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church Renovation Fund.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick until 10 A.M. Tuesday.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sat 26 Jun 1976

Mr. Peter L. Butine - 1115 Southern Ave. - Passed away Monday evening Dec. 6, 1971. Mr. Butine was born June 17, 1901, in Kalamazoo, the son of Cornelius and Jennie Butine and was a lifelong resident here.  He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and before his retirement was employed by the Upjohn Co. for 27 years.  Mr. Butine is survived by his wife, Maxine; 3 daughters, Mrs. Irene Mitchell of Kalamazoo,  Mrs. Walter (Elaine) Johnson of Deerfield, Ill. and Mrs. Warren (Mary Lou) Smith of Kalamazoo;  9 grandchildren;  one great-grandson;  a step-brother, Charles Snyder of Lansing;  2 nephews, Gorden and Donald Dean of Kalamazoo. Funeral Mass will be offered Thursday morning at 10 o’clock at the St. Joseph Catholic Church.  Friends may call at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, where the rosary will be recited Wednesday evening at 8 o’clock.  Interment in Mt. Olivet Cemetery. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Tues 7 Dec 1971

Mrs. Cecil Roberts Butler - 3825 W. Michigan Ave., Formerly, 5710-1/2 Lovers Lane - Passed away July 20, 1972 at Ridgeview Manor Nursing Home.  Mrs. Butler was born March 27, 1890 in La Peer, Michigan, the daughter of Ely C. and Elizabeth Hinckley Butler and had been a resident here since 1919 and until her retirement in 1956 was a nurse at the Ingersol Company.  She taught music in the public schools for 5 years and in 1930 graduated from Battle Creek Hospital School of Nursing.  A member of the Governing Board of the Michigan State Industrial Nurses Association and O.E.S.  Surviving are:  2 sisters-in-law,  Mrs. Mabel Adams,  Mrs. Ruth Hamlin, Kalamazoo;  one niece  and 3 nephews.  She was preceded in death by her only sister, Miss Flora B. Roberts in January 1957. Arrangements by the Truesdale Downtown Funeral Home.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Kalamazoo Public Library or the Kalamazoo Nature Center.  source: Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 20 July 1972

Mr. Herbert M. Butler - 515 North Westnedge - Passed away Thursday evening, June 29, 1972.  Mr. Butler was born January 10, 1903 in New Bedford, Mass. and had been a resident of Kalamazoo for many years. Was a veteran of World War II and had been formerly employed by the Lear-Siegler Corp.  He was a member of the Molders Union.  Memorial services will be held Monday at 1 o’clock at the Langeland Chapel, 622 S. Burdick, Rev. Richard Chorley of the First Baptist Church officiating.  Interment in Riverside Cemetery.  Friends may call at the chapel.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Sun 2 July 1972

Mrs. LaVena J. Butler - 582 Aquaview Dr. - Passed away at Bronson Hospital Saturday afternoon.  Mrs. Butler was born Oct. 15, 1930, in Schoolcraft, daughter of Maynard and Beulah Jeffries.  She had been a secretary at the Upjohn Co.  Mrs. Butler is survived by her husband, Charles;  one son, Brett; 2 sisters, Mrs. LaVeta Gregurich (twin sister), of Mattawan and Mrs. Cleora Mohney of Kalamazoo. She was preceded in death by her mother.  Friends may call at the Hawley Funeral Home, Paw Paw, where services will be held Tuesday at 2 p.m., with the Rev. William Payne officiating.  Burial in Oak Grove Cemetery, Lawton.  The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.  the family requests memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Mon 16 Aug 1976

Rites Saturday for La Vern Butler - Services for La Vern Butler of 1819 Hazel Lane will be held in Cape Coral, Fla., on Saturday.  Butler, a native and lifetime resident of Kalamazoo, died Oct. 9 (1976) in Cape Coral.  He is survived by his wife Ginny, daughter Mrs. Robin Lewis of New York City and son York Butler of  Kalamazoo.  Butler had worked in the water softening business, and founded Aqua Lease Inc. seven years ago. When he retired from his business last March, he turned his attention to pewtersmithing.  Working out of his home, Butler was featured in the October issue of “House Beautiful.”  Butler was a member of the Silversmith Guild of Michigan, the Kalamazoo Country Club, Science of the Mind Church of Cape Coral and a veteran volunteer in the Dad’s Patrol of Camp Merrie Woode.   Memorial services were to be held today for La Vern Butler, 64, of 1819 Hazel Lane, who died a week ago in Cape Coral, Fla.  Among the survivors not listed in an earlier story in the Gazette are his mother, Mrs. Ruby Butler of Kalamazoo; a brother, Kenneth J. Butler of Mattawan;  sister, Mrs. Geraldine Lamb of Denver, Colo.; a grandson and several nieces and nephews. source:  Kalamazoo Gazette  Thurs 14 Oct 1976 and Sat 16 Oct 1976

Mrs. Lena Butler - 1608 Reed St. - Passed away Feb. 23, 1977, at Borgess Hospital.  Mrs. Butler was born Dec. 7, 1890, in Cloverdale, Mich., daughter of James and Martha Chamberlain.  Surviving are her twin sister, Mrs. Rena Chilson of Niles;  2 nephews, Mrs. Howard Chilson and Mr. Garland Chilson, both of Niles;  one niece, Mrs. Elsie Mills of South Bend, Ind.  Graveside services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Riverside Cemetery, Dr. Kenneth B. Seeley officiating.  Those who wish, may make memorial contributions to the Michigan Heart Assoc.  Friends may call after 6 p.m. this evening at the Truesdale Williamsburg Chapel, 445 W. Michigan Ave.  source:  Kalamazoo Gazette Fri 25 Feb 1977

Mr. Hugh G. Butrick - Chicago, Ill.  Formerly of:  722 N. Church St. - Passed away November 29, 1975 in Chicago.  Mr. Butrick was born in Kalamazoo, July 6, 1929, son of the late George H. and Eileen Butrick.  He served in the U.S. Army and Air Force.  He is survived by:  his mother and step-father, Or. and Mrs. L.R. Pritchard;  one sister, Mrs. Arthur (Eileen) VanderMolen;  one aunt, Sister M. Vitus, O.S.D. of Baltimore;  several nieces.  The family will receive friends at the Donovan Funeral Home, Monday evening from 7 to 9 p.m.  Private services will be held Tuesday morning.  Interment, Riverside Cemetery.   source:   Kalamazoo Gazette  Mon 1 Dec 1975


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