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Arnold "Arnie" Edward Busta


November 11, 1940 ~ June 4, 2024

Born in: Rural Winneshiek County, Iowa
Resided in: Lawler, Iowa

Arnold “Arnie” Edward Busta age 83 of Lawler died Tuesday, June 4,  2024 at his home surrounded by family.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, June 7, 2024, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler, with Rev. Nick Radloff celebrating the Mass. Inurnment will be held at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Cemetery in Lawler following the service with Jacob (JP) Pisarik, Anika Pisarik, Brayden Pisarik, Brianna Busta, Ashlyn Busta, Delaney Busta, and Callie Busta serving as honorary urnbearers.  The family would like to mention all of the friends, neighbors, co-workers, organizations, and clubs Arnold was a part of as honorary urnbearers.

Rosary Service will be held at 3:30 p.m. prior to the visitation at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler. Friends may greet the family from 4:00-7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 6, 2024, at Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic Church in Lawler.  Scripture Service will be held at 7:00 p.m. following the visitation at the church.  Visitation will continue an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Friday.

Hugeback – Johnson Funeral Home and Crematory in New Hampton has been been entrusted with arrangements.

Born on November 11, 1940, in rural Winneshiek County during the snowstorm of 1940, to Edward Sr. and Elizabeth (Heley) Busta.  Arnie’s life was marked by his loving nature, quick wit, and unwavering dedication to his family and community.

Arnie was a proud graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, where he finished in the top ten of his class—out of eleven—always maintaining a sense of humor about his academic standing. His early education at a country school laid the foundation for a lifetime of practical wisdom and a strong work ethic, which he demonstrated through his years of hard work on the family farm. After high school, he served his country in the Army before returning to his roots in Chickasaw County, where he became a dedicated member of the road maintenance crew for over thirty years until his retirement in December 2002.

On June 29, 1968, Arnie married the love of his life, Sandy Duneman, at Assumption Catholic Church in Cresco. They were introduced by mutual friends at the Cresco Bowling Alley, and their marriage was a testament to their shared values and devotion. Arnie and Sandy settled in Lawler, where they raised their daughter, Karla, and son, Scott, teaching them the importance of family, hard work, and community service.

Arnie’s interests and hobbies were as varied as they were passionate. He helped with the establishment of Highland Park in Lawler and took great joy in teaching all seven of his grandchildren to drive. A member of a 500 card club for nearly five decades, he also found pleasure in golfing at Jackson Heights, and playing cards in general. Baseball, however, was his favorite sport, and he cherished the times he traveled to watch his grandchildren’s sports events and activities. Two favorite trips were going to Ireland and a meaningful journey to the Busta family’s ancestral home in the Czech Republic.

A gifted handyman and someone who never shied away from lending a hand, Arnie helped his son Scott build his house, and was always ready with his tools to assist others. His love for lawn mowing was matched only by his skill in crafting wooden treasures in his workshop. Arnie’s sense of humor was legendary; he was known for his quick one-liners and his ability to make others laugh. A true jokester at heart, he was also a man who deeply cared for his friends, always having a “treat” ready for anyone who stopped by.

Arnie’s personality was such that his grandson once remarked, “Grandpa knows everyone,” a statement that captured his friendly and social butterfly nature. Recognized for his contributions to the community, he and his wife Sandy were honored guests at the Lawler Irish Fest two years ago. Those who knew Arnie would describe him as loving, funny, and friendly—a man whose presence enriched the lives of all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Arnie is survived by his wife Sandy of 55 years; son Scott (Heather) Busta of Lawler; daughter Karla (Mike) Pisarik of Cedar Rapids; 7 grandchildren: Jacob (JP) Pisarik, Anika Pisarik (Keegan Staab), Brayden Pisarik, Brianna Busta, Ashlyn Busta, Delaney Busta, and Callie Busta; great-grandson due to arrive in July of 2024; sister Darlene Gebel of New Hampton; brother, Jim (Mary Lou) Busta of Onalaska, WI; in-laws: Geraldine Busta, Angie Busta, and Karen Busta; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Edward Sr. and Elizabeth (Heley) Busta; siblings: Eddie Jr., Walter, Bernie, Lorraine (Lester Vsetecka) and (Ed) Panos, Gladys (Richard) Balik, and Betty Busta.

In lieu of flowers the family asks for memorials to be directed to Winn Med (Hospice) and the Special Olympics.



Rosary: June 6, 2024 3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
2940 Iowa Highway 24
Lawler, IA 52154


Visitation: June 6, 2024 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
2940 Iowa Highway 24
Lawler, IA 52154


Parish Scripture Service: June 6, 2024 7:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
2940 Iowa Highway 24
Lawler, IA 52154


Service: June 7, 2024 10:30 am - 11:30 am

Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church
2940 Iowa Highway 24
Lawler, IA 52154


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  1. Heartbreaking loss. Lively and endearing, thoughtful and caring Arnie.. a friend to all. Peace to you Sandy, Scott and family, Karla and family.

  2. Our Deepest sympathy to Arnies entire families. Prayers and Thoughts are with you all during this difficult time of Loss.
    James & Lyn (Meissen) Bailey

  3. Arnie was the best. Dan could talk czech with and be silly. Just like his other brothers. He worked hard his whole life. Served our country. Arnie and Sandy were the best couple we came to know. His son Scott was our ring bearer at our wedding 48 years ago. Karla we knew too. The best kids. The grandkids are going to miss him dearly. Rest In Peace our dear friend. Dan and Joan(Pavlovec) Lentz

  4. Hugs and prayers for Sandy, Scott and Karla and your families. Arnie was a great guy who loved to joke and tell funny stories-a good friend to all who knew him. He will be missed.

  5. We have so many precious memories of this extraordinary man! He was one of the greatest persons we have known. We pray his memories console you today. All our prayers to you. Jeanne and David Roder

  6. My sympathy to Arnie’s family. He always took the time to stick his head in the door or stop on the street for a quick visit, and I don’t think I ever saw him without a smile on his face. He will be missed.

  7. So sorry to hear of the loss of Arnie. I remember him coming into Dad’s (Clarence Berst) LT Tap. He always had a smile on his face. He will truly be missed. My prayers are with the family.

  8. Arnie was like a second dad to me. He critique my garden, created a wonderful fence for it and checked in whenever he saw me. I will miss him driving by and stopping to chat.


  10. Sandy and family,
    May your good memories and your faith ease your grief. Thinking of you at this sad time.
    Mary Sharon and Joe Peraud

  11. Arnie’s Family,
    Our sincere sympathy on the passing of my cousin and friend.
    Many fond memories will live on in our hearts forever. he will be missed.
    He was always a ray of sunshine and laughs.
    Prayer and love to the family.

  12. Sandy and family,
    Our sympathy to you. Golfing was a lot of fun with Arnie! Best Wishes & prayers to you in the
    coming days and weeks ahead.
    Joe & Marcy Skretta

  13. Our deepest sympathy to the Busta family! He was a person we will always remember for his smile

  14. Sandy and Family,

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Arnie–Mike has many great stories about their adventures when they worked together–the fun they had!

  15. Our deepest sympathy to Sandy and your family. We are sorry for your great loss. Our prayers go out to you.

  16. Den and I send our thoughts and sympathy to the family of Arnie Busta. A good man gone but sure not forgotten.

  17. We would like to express our heartfelt sympathy to all of you at this.
    . We are never ready for this day the come. Please except our sincere condolences. Rest in peace Artie. Godspeed julianne


  18. Sandy, Scott, Karla, and Whole Busta Family!
    I was sorry to hear the news about Arnie’s passing and send you all the deepest sympathies for your loss!
    Even at a young age, I have nothing but good memories of Arnie and what a great community person and friend he was to everyone in Lawler. Everyone in Lawler was his neighbor! He will be truly missed not only by his family, but current and old neighborhood friends as well! ❤️🌻🙏🏼

  19. Our sincere sympathy to sandy and the family .Arnie was a joy to be around. Rest in peace Arnie. Sincerely Jack and Dianne

  20. Sandy, Scott and Karla. Our love and prayers to all of you. Arnie was a gem. We enjoyed the times we’ve spent with him. So many great memories.

  21. Our sincere sympathies to Sandy and family. Arnie was truly one of a kind. He had such enthusiasm for life. He never failed to put a smile on my face. He will truly be missed.

  22. Our condolences and prayers go to Sandy and family. When I would see Arnie, a good conversation and a good laugh would follow.

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