retired funeral director and former owner, Busch Funeral Homes and Crematory Service, Cleveland, Ohio, died February 23, 2020, at age 87. Busch is father of funeral directors J. Mark and James Busch, also of Busch Funeral Homes and Crematory Service.
A graduate of Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, where he served as president of the Fellows Association, Busch followed his grandfather and father to become the third generation to lead Busch Funeral Homes and was very proud when his sons joined him as the fourth generation of the legacy. He was also the second generation to serve as secretary-treasurer of Selected Independent Funeral Homes.
Busch’s interests included sailing, powerboating, navigating, saltwater fishing, technology and the importance of serving God and others. He served as an elder in his church and as deacon and Stephen minister. He was noted for his commitments to Brooklyn Kiwanis, Brooklyn YMCA and the Cleveland and Chippewa yachting clubs, both of which he served as commodore. Later in life, Busch became a U.S. Sailing senior race officer.
He is survived by daughters Julie and Catherine, sons Mark and James, and five grandchildren.