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William Busta

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William "Bill" Busta, age 80, of New Hampton, IA passed away on Thursday, October 6, 2022 at his home with his family by his side. A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 AM on Monday, October 10, 2022 at Holy Family Parish with Father Jim Goerend celebrating the mass. Burial will be held at a later date. Visitation will be held from 3:30-6:30 PM on Sunday, October 9, 2022 at Conway-Markham Funeral Home in New Hampton with a 6:30 PM Scriptural Wake Service. Visitation will continue at the church one hour prior to the funeral mass on Monday. Online condolences may be left at www.conway-markhamfh.com. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to American Legion Post 279, Lawler, IA or Holy Family Parish, New Hampton, IA. Bill was born on December 21, 1941 in Lawler, IA, the son of William Arnold and Viola (Pavlovec) Busta. He was the fourth child of seven children: Marlene, John, Anita, Norbert, Marjorie, and Marvin. Bill was very fond of growing up on a farm and loved spending time with his brothers and sisters. He often "bragged" about his graduation from Utica #7, one of the many one room schoolhouses in the area. He was a 1960 graduate of Lawler High School. After graduation he started working for Koshatka Implement in Protivin, IA. He loved fixing tractors. He was drafted into the Army in 1964, was assigned to the Motor Patrol at Fort Bragg, NC where he was able to continue fixing machinery. He was honorably discharged in 1969. When he returned from the Service, he began working at Farm Fleet in New Hampton (owner Karl Elfmann) where he eventually became manager. He spent 31 years there and never complained about his work. He then went to work for the City of New Hampton as a Custodian/Maintenance worker and enjoyed working there as well. In April of 1967, Bill met the love of his life, Maureen Johnson, at a friend's wedding. Bill and Maureen were married on August 17, 1968. They had three sons: Eric (Lori) of Windsor, CO; Jason (Mariah) of San Jose, CA and Douglas (Deanne) of Urbandale, IA. He has five grandchildren: Eric and Lori's: Sadie and Braxton; Jason & Mariah's Lucas and Logan; and Doug & Deanne's Addison. He loved spending time with his family. He also loved listening to polka music, playing cards, classic tractors and attending tractor pulls, and spending time with his children and grandchildren. Being a member of the American Legion meant a lot to him. He was proud of his military service and the American Legion offered him the opportunity to recognize the service of others. He attended many military funerals. He is survived by his wife Maureen, three sons, five grandchildren, two sisters, Anita (Tom) McGowan of Lawler, IA and Marjorie (Dan) Woodbridge of Rio Rancho, NM, two brothers, Norbert (Joann) Busta of Waucoma, IA, Marvin (Sue) Busta of Verona, WI and sister-in-law Judy Busta (John) Protivin, IA. Sister-in-law Phyllis Morris (Bob) South Beloit, IL, brother-in-law Jerry Johnson (Barb) of West Point, IA, brother-in-law Patrick Johnson (Laurie) of Petaluma, CA, sister-in-law Judy Friedman (Mark) of Peoria, IL. He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister Marlene, one brother John, his father and mother-in-law Carl and Martha Johnson, his brother-in-law Bob Morris, niece Jodene Broderick and nephew Chuck Morris.

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  1. Deepest condolences to Maureen, Eric, Jason and Doug. Bill was always such a pleasant man whom we always enjoyed visiting with. Our thoughts and prayers are with you always. Dan Sue Huffman

  2. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We are thinking of you during this difficult time and in the days to come. With deepest sympathy.

  3. We are deeply sorry for your loss ~ Conway-Markham Funeral Home – New Hampton

  4. Maureen and family, so sorry for your loss. Remembering Bill fondly and our many conversations. He was always kind and upbeat. I enjoyed working with him.

  5. Maureen, Eric, Jason and Doug, Sincere condolences and love and prayers to you and your families during this difficult time. May the beautiful memories always comfort you and remembering his lovely smile and kindness. Love and prayers. Dan Marjorie Woodbridge

  6. Maureen, Eric, Jason, Doug, spouses, grandchildren, family, and friends. Our deepest sympathies. Bill was always ready for a good time, a good laugh, and good food. He will be deeply missed. Love, Mark and Judy

  7. Our sympathy and Prayers to the Busta family. I attended many of Veteran funerals with Bill through the years, it was a honor. R.I.P. Bill.

  8. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  9. This is Peter. I am Mariah’s older brother and Jason’s brother in law. I remember meeting Bill for the first time about 15 years ago when Bill and Maureen came to San Jose. They came to Cataldi and somehow we ended up playing poker with Jason and a few others. I remember Bill was really having fun and remember playing a hand against him. I tried to bluff so wanted to act strong – and by strong I mean talk to the other person by name. But I forgot Bill’s name because we just met! So, I ended up saying something like It’s your turn dad, I think because I heard Jason call him dad. Bill didn’t react or anything and just called my bet. I don’t remember who won the hand, but it was so fun. After that hand I remembered to call him Bill. It was so fun, I wish we played more. Rest in Peace, Bill!

  10. Bill was a tremendous asset to the Farm Fleet and Karl E. He was always so friendly and helpful. New Hampton was lucky to have him. Bless his family!!

  11. Our condolences to you and your family, Maureen. May fond memories sustain you in the days and weeks ahead. Dan recounts the shared meals with Bill at the counter at Klunders on occasional Tuesday evenings. Dan and Carolyn Shaw

  12. Our deepest sympathies. Thinking and praying for you and your family during this difficult time.

  13. Our deepest sympathy to Maureen and family. Whem your loved one becomes a memory a memory is a treasure. God bless.

  14. Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  15. Wishing you peace to bring comfort, the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

  16. Maureen, Eric, Jason and Doug, thinking of you and your families and sending condolences. Sincerely, Donna Becker

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