Alan J. Busch Sr., 81

Alan J. Busch Sr., 81, of New Prague, formerly of St. Benedict, died on Friday, March 4, 2005, at St. Gertrude’s Health Center in Shakopee.

Born in St. Benedict on December 12, 1923, he was the son of Meinrad and Mary (Seifert) Busch. He was raised on the famiiy farm and attended school at the country school in St. Benedict and later New Prague High School. He worked the family farm during World War II and was later employed at a foundry and spend many years as a block layer.

On June 16, 1948, he married Jane Neisen at St. John’s Catholic Church in Union Hill. They lived in St. Benedict for 52 years. Alan loved the outdoors, including hunting, fishing, gardening and playing baseball. He was a member of the St. Benedict’s Men’s Society and a member of the St. Benedict Choir for 61 years. He was also active in the Twin Lakes Sportsman’s Club. In his later years, he enjoyed playing cards and spending time with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; sons, Alan Jr. (Kate), Jordan, Greg (Nancy), Montgomery, Doug (Shirley), Savage, Brad (Sue), New Prague; daughter, Ann Marie (Jim) Eckert, Eden Prairie; brothers, Meinrad (Florence), Richfield, Ambrose (Janet), New Prague; sisters, Mildred Vomacka, Jordan, Florence Ballinger, Minneapolis; sisters-in-law, Luverne Busch, Jordan, Lucille Busch, New Prague; nine grandchildren; one great-grandson.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter and son-in-law, Monica and Jim Mercer; many brothes and sisters.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. on Monday March 7, at St. Benedict Catholic Church in St. Benedict. Father Elgar officiated.

Pallbearers were Alan Jr., Greg, Doug, Brad and Tony Busch and Jim Eckert. Honorary pallbearers were Ralph Wermerskirchen, Lando Busch, Lanny Holzer and Bob Hartmann.

Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m. on Sunday at Wagner Funeral Home in Jordan, and also one hour prior to the service at church.

Interment was at St. Benedict Catholic Cemetery in St. Benedict.

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