Robert Thomas Busch

May 31, 1938 - October 17, 2017

Robert Thomas Busch

May 31, 1938 - October 17, 2017


Robert Thomas Busch, May 31, 1938 – October 17, 2017, passed away peacefully at home. Bob grew up in Bellingham, WA and graduated Bellingham High School in 1956. He began his eight years of service with the Marine Corps in 1955 with several forms of survival training before going to Vietnam. He attended flight school and flew fighter planes over Hawaii, Laos, and Vietnam, and left the Marine Corps in 1963 after achieving the rank of 1st Lieutenant. He retired from Hughes Aircraft in 1994 and moved to Lummi Island.

Bob was a volunteer on the Lummi Island Fire Department as a firefighter and first responder; serving 2 terms as a Lummi Island Fire Commissioner; past president of the Whatcom County Commissioner’s Association; President of the EMS Trauma Care Council; retired member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary; member on the Lummi Island Ferry Advisory Committee; and a member of the Whatcom County Cruising Association.

Bob is survived by his wife Beverly Busch, step-sister Lucinda Chatfield, sisters-in-law Barbara Boettcher and Bonnie Cappellett, several cousins, and nieces and nephews.

Bob enjoyed working with the Island Chapel Youth Group Bible Study and the Summer and Winter Camps.

A service will be held at Moles Greenacres Memorial Park, 5700 Northwest Drive, Ferndale, WA. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017 at 2:00PM

In lieu of flowers, contributions in memory of Bob may be made to the Lummi Island Firefighters Association, 3809 Legoe Bay Rd, P.O. Box 130, Lummi Island, WA. 98262.

Celebration Of Life

  • Date & Time: January 1, 1970 (12:00 AM)
  • Venue: Moles Farewell Tributes - Greenacres
  • Location: 5700 Northwest Dr Ferndale, WA 98248 - (Get Directions)

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11 responses to Robert Thomas Busch

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  1. Bev…….We are sooo sorry to hear about the passing of Bob. What a wonderful man. We have so many nice memories of all of us when we were living in Norco. Still remember Bob taking us up in his plane for a ride. We are so glad that we got to see you and Bob on Lummi Island 4 years ago. Wonderful memories. Love Jo and Lance

  2. Bev,So sorry to hear of Bob’s passing.
    I will forever have fond memories of Bob and your visits when I was young to Lummi Island in your plane prior to moving to the Island and making your home.
    I’ll never forget that Bob always called me juniper.
    My thoughts are with you during this time and may you find peace in knowing that Bob is flying now without pain.
    Love – Jennifer (juniper)

  3. Noel Brown says:

    Geez, another good man is gone, one that I’ll certainly remember as being a soft hearted fellow that had a sensible streak that you didn’t want to tamper with. Always one to speak his mind was a top quality, a laugh to wake the neighborhood and if you were a friend of his, he let you know it. He’ll be sorely missed.

  4. Dear Aunt Beverly,
    We are sorry for your loss. Uncle Bob will be greatly missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers today and during this difficult time.

    We love you!

    Love, Shelli, Mike, Charles, Shelbi and Summer

  5. Bev, I’m so sorry. I really loved Bob. I just found out today and am so sorry for not knowing earlier. I wish I could have visited with you two more. Bob was a hell of a guy.

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