Robert “Bob” Bussey

Robert “Bob” Bussey
War Vietnam
Branch U.S. Navy
Rank First Class Petty Officer
Group Type
Group Name
Wall D
Direction East
Row 5
Plaque Number 16

Robert (“Bob”) F. Bussey was born on May 8, 1936 in Tabor, South Dakota to Walter and Lillian Bussey and passed away peacefully at home in Lakeside, California on February 7, 2022 following a short battle with lung cancer. Robert grew up in Bon Homme County, South Dakota, attending Springfield High School and Southern State Teachers College before enlisting in the United States Navy.

Bob was first and foremost a proud military veteran, having served in the United States Navy for 20 years. He served on board the USS Atlas, Support Services in Vietnam, the USS Midway, the USS Buchanan and the USS Okinawa. Bob was a member of the American Legion Post 132 in Springfield, South Dakota and was instrumental in the construction and dedication of the Veteran memorial overlooking the Missouri River. Following his military retirement, he went on to work and retire from General Dynamics in San Diego.

Bob met and married the love of his life, Katherine Louwerse in 1958 in Springfield. Together they built a life and family full of love, laughter and adventure. They retired in San Diego and eventually found their way back home to South Dakota. They enjoyed traveling the country in their RV, going on cruises, golfing and spending the winters with family in Florida and California. Affectionately called Bob by family and friends, he was an avid gun collector, excellent marksman, and he enjoyed working with wood. Bob Bussey was a friend to all.

Bob leaves behind many close friends and a loving family – wife, Katherine; daughters Christine (Skip) Wamsley and Teresa Bussey; sisters Helen and Joan, granddaughters Renee, Tiffany and Jessica and 6 great-grandchildren. Robert was preceded in death by his parents, siblings Dorothy and George and a precious grandson John.

Family morale booster, jokester, story teller, loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. A life well lived is now and forever a loving memory etched upon our hearts. You are so incredibly missed and loved.

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