Wayne Alvin Busch

June 13, 1941July 14, 2018
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Wayne Alvin Busch, 77, of Ankeny, passed peacefully away at home on July 14, 2018. He was born on June 13, 1941 to parents, George and Marie (Folkerts) Busch of rural Allison. He was baptized at the Allison Associated Church and confirmed at the Reformed Church of Allison. He attended Allison Community Schools where he graduated valedictorian of his senior class in 1959. He received his Masters and Ph.D. degree in meat science and food technology from Iowa State University. On September 2, 1967, he was united in marriage to Kathleen Barry in Fayette.

He was involved in quality control and research and development for Swift Foods in Oakbrook, IL; Gwaltney in Smithfield, VA; and became Vice President for Farmland Foods in Denison, IA and Kansas City, MO. Upon retirement he moved to Ankeny.

Wayne enjoyed gardening, fishing, bike riding, following stocks, attending grandchildren’s basketball games and spending time with family. He was a devoted husband and loving father and grandfather. Wayne was preceded in death by his parents and his brother-in-law, Roger Stauffer. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kathleen; son, Michael Busch of Ankeny; daughter Lisa Baumhover (Neil) of Woodward; grandchildren, Allison, Joseph, and James Baumhover; sister, Lois Stauffer of Allison; brothers, Wendell Busch (Beverly) of Cedar Falls and Maurice Busch (Connie) of Allison; uncles, James Busch (Marlene) of Lamont and John Johnson of Cedar Falls.

Funeral services will be 10 am on Wednesday, July 18 at Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church in Ankeny, with luncheon following the service. Visitation will be from 5-7 pm on Tuesday evening at Ankeny Funeral Home. Visitation will continue on Wednesday morning at 9 am until service time at the church. Burial will be at 3 pm at the Allison Cemetery. Following the committal service there will be a visitation with a light meal at the Reformed Church in Allison. Online condolences may be left at


  • Kathleen Busch, Wife
  • Michael Busch, Son
  • Lisa Baumhover, Daughter
  • Neil Baumhover, Son-in-law
  • Grandchildren, Allison, Joseph, and James Baumhover; sister, Lois Stauffer of Allison; brothers, Wendell Busch (Beverly) of Cedar Falls and Maurice Busch (Connie) of Allison; uncles, James Busch (Marlene) of Lamont and John Johnson of Cedar Falls.

  • Michael Busch, Pallbearer
  • Wendell Busch, Pallbearer
  • Maurice Busch, Pallbearer
  • Neil Baumhover, Pallbearer
  • Lisa Baumhover, Pallbearer
  • Allison Baumhover, Pallbearer
  • Joseph Baumhover, Pallbearer
  • James Baumhover, Pallbearer

  • Living History Farms
  • American Cancer Society


  • Visitation Tuesday, July 17, 2018
  • Visitation Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, July 18, 2018
  • Burial Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Wayne Alvin Busch

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Douglass Soseman DDS

July 24, 2018

Dear Kathleen, Michael and Lisa.

Saddened to learn of Wayne’s passing in the Denison newspaper. It’s been years since I have seen you, but I will always remember the Busch family as one of my favorites. Wayne was kind, caring and thoughtful. So sorry for your loss.

Doug Soseman, Denison.

Elaine Barry

July 17, 2018

“Love is Never Gone” -- A thought to hold in the Celebration of the Life of Wayne, a dedicated Husband, Father and Grandfather, a true Patriarch of his family, and a man of the highest integrity and personal ethics.  I stood as Maid of Honor for Kathy and Wayne’s wedding, the beginning of their commitment to each other.  Wayne always loved, cherished and protected my Sister, Kathy, a wonderful husband to her, and Kathy, a wonderful wife.  I know that will never end  -- Wayne is with Kathy in Spirit and with the beautiful family they created together.  God Speed, Wayne, for a Life Well Lived.    With love and care, Elaine.

Jeff & Donna Busch

July 17, 2018

Hearts remember the precious times we spend with our loved ones. Prayers for peace and strength now and for the future. Kathy, Michael, Lisa and Neil & grands......Wayne was a special guy. Quiet, kind and pleasant. He is no longer here but yet he is. God's arms around all of you.

Dennis Busch

July 15, 2018

I'll always remember when I was very small, that when Cousin Wayne would stop by, that I had always thought that he was this very kind uncle, as he was closer to my father's age than mine. But always kind... always kind. I know he will be missed.

Drea Cook

July 15, 2018

We have been holding all of you in our hearts and prayers. Sending our love until we see you next.

E Robinson

July 14, 2018

I am so sorry for your loss. God’s word gives us comfort during this difficult time. I truly hope these scriptures, Revelation 21:3, 4, 1 Corinthians 15:26 and 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4 are a source of comfort. You will find answers to all of life’s big questions, including death, only in your Bible. ~