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

  1. I am sorry for your loss Beverly. I cannot begin to express how much Bob meant to me during our years together at Hughes. I considered him a mentor during those years. He was extremely supportive but strong and a great teacher.
    I will also remember how much I enjoyed playing Racquetball with him after hours. He took Myself, my wife Monica and my daughter (April) up in his Piper Comanche (out of Corona), all memories for my entire family.

    Truly a great man and friend.

    Greg and Monica Keehfuss

  2. Bev, we are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was a wonderful man and we will cherish all of our memories we have spending time with him at car shows and working on the boat with him. Please let us know if there is anything we can do for you. He will truly be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayer. Love Gunderson & Fisher families

  3. Beverly,We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. We will hold tight to all the wonderful memories we had with both of you.
    He will be missed by so many people who’s hearts he touched.
    We love you very much Beverly.F65aT

  4. We are so sorry to hear of Bob’s passing. He was one of the highlights of what it meant to be part of the island community. His laughter and love will always be remembered.

  5. Bev, I didn’t know Bob well but every interaction was honest. He fought hard for what he believed in. He gave generously. You loved and took care of him completely. I am so sorry for your loss. He’s gone but he gave so much while he was here!

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