John F. Busch, 90, passed away peacefully Thursday, July 18, 2013, with family at his side, after a recent decline in health.
John was born Aug. 3, 1922, in Buffalo, N.Y., to the late Myram and Mabel (Folts) Busch. John was a graduate of Cornell University with a BS in chemical engineering. He worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II, abrasives manufacturers Carborundum in Niagara Falls and Logan, Ohio, and ITT Abrasive in Tiffin.
He was a Presbyterian church elder for four churches in three states. He sang in many church choirs and other groups. He was a member of Kiwanis and a member of the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Dept. John also was a U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla Commander for several terms. He retired and lived at St. Simon's Island, Ga., Greenwood, S.C., and Loon Lake in the Finger Lakes region of western New York. Hobbies included photography, trains, travel, boating and genealogy.
In addition to his parents, John also was predeceased in death by his former wife, Margaret (Herlan) Busch; his wife, Erna Mae Busch; and daughter, Myra Busch-Goetz.
John is survived by two sons, Frederick (Gina) Busch of Phoenix, Ariz., and Eric (Susan) Busch of Westerville; five grandchildren, Jacob (Julie) Goetz, Tanya (Daniel) Garcia, Andrew (Jacqui) Busch, Karl (Lindsay) Busch and Kathryn (William) Bulman; and 11 great-grandchildren. John had great support and love from Erna's children, Frances Knapp, Philip (Olga) Knapp, Dierdre Knapp and family friend, Elizabeth Till.
A memorial service will begin at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, 2013, at Loon Lake Community Chapel, Wayland, N.Y., with a reception after. Burial will follow at St. Peter's Cemetery, Perkinsville.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Loon Lake Community Chapel in care of Daniel Pierce, P.O. Box 475, Wayland, NY 14572, or Wayland Historical Society, P.O. Box 494, Wayland, NY 14572 in John's memory.
Those who wish to light a memory candle may do so at www.bairdfuneralhomes.com.