In memory of

Ben Busch

January 2, 1929 - May 18, 2019
From: Sac City, IA
Ben  Busch

Ben Busch

Born: January 2, 1929
Died: May 18, 2019
Age: 90
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     Ben Busch, age 90 of Sac City, IA passed away on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at his home in Sac City.  Ben H. Busch was born to Benjamin and Norma (Johnson) Busch on January 2, 1929 in Duluth, MN.  He was welcomed home by his brother Richard.  Three years later, they welcomed their sister Pat.  Ben’s early childhood was spent in Duluth, roaming the area.  He loved to watch the big ore trains, ice skate and ski.  In the summer, he would spend his time with grandparents, Nels and Lisa Johnson on their farm in Aitkin.  He also spent time with his Aunt Frank, who was a depot agent. 

   Ben quit school in his junior year and sailed the great lakes as a coal passer and deck hand.  On his 17th birthday, he joined the United States Marine Corps.  His first duty station was northern China, where he rode Mongolian ponies and walked on the Great Wall of China.  He served in Korea and was part of the Inchon Landing and the Chosin Reservoir Operations.  He also served in Vietnam and various other countries.  Ben was assigned 1st Tanks and also had tours on the drill field. He retired as a Master Gunnery Sergeant from the USMC in 1976, with thirty years of service.  He then worked as a police officer and juvenile monitor tracker for the court. 

   Ben is survived by his wife Sherry, who spent 35 wonderful years with him and by his brother Richard.  He is the father of Kathleen (Mike) Blauvelt, Joyce (Dan) Schaldach, Kim (Darlo) Rahn and Bret (Amy) Wessendorf.  Grandfather to Ron, Eric, Natalie, Adam, Matthew, Josh, Paul and Adam.  Great grandfather to 17 and great-great grandfather to one.

   He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Patricia and his beloved dogs.

   He was much loved and will be sorely missed by his family.

Graveside Services
10:00 a.m., Tuesday
May 21, 2019
Early Union Cemetery
Early, Iowa
At a later date


Friday, October 18, 2019 at 3:56 PM
“A terrific Marine, a friend and a man that has lived a life shared only by a special few. He made a difference in the world.”
- Gary A Peterson
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:12 PM
“Ben was a good friend . I often think of the stories he told about his childhood and his life in the Marine Corps and think of what a great adventure his life was . He will be missed by all who knew him. Our deepest condolences to Sherri and the whole family. ”
- Mike and LuAnn Norris
Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 3:12 PM
“2nd Battery will miss our mentor and drill master greatly. Sempor Fi Ben”
- 2nd Battery Iowa Light Artillery
Monday, May 20, 2019 at 1:16 PM
“So sorry to hear of Ben's Death, Sherry. Always enjoyed his visits to the Library.”
- Cathie Hass
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