Howard Buss

Published 12:00 am Monday, June 21, 2010

Howard Claude Buss, (Grandpa “B”), born to Joseph and Hazel (Jewett) Buss on Aug. 19, 1914, in Albert Lea, peacefully passed away on Feb. 11, 2010, in Bakersfield, Calif.
After graduating from Albert Lea High School, Howard became a meat cutter, working for A & P, Piggly Wiggly and several independent grocery stores. He went to work at John Deere Waterloo Works in 1959, and retired from there in 1977.
During his lifetime, he enjoyed fishing, playing cards, and spending time with family and friends. He had a dry sense of humor. Could tell a story with a straight face, but had a twinkle in his eye while watching everyone laugh.
Howard and his wife moved to Bakersfield, Calif., in 1989 to be near their oldest daughter. He lived the last 16 years with her and his son-in-law.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lorna; his parents; his loving wife of 53 years, Eleanor; and his sister, Arlene Jost. 
He is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law: Sharon and Bill Foose of Bakersfield, Calif., Lorna and Jack Barnas of Cedar Falls, Iowa; sons and daughter-in-law: Larry and Theresa Buss of Orlando, Fla., and Craig Buss of Athens, Tenn.; brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Mary Buss of Rancho Cordova, Calif.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren, who lovingly called him Grandpa “B.”
Graveside service will be conducted by the Rev. Steve Hansen, of Wesley Methodist Church, at Mason City Memorial Park Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 23. The date was chosen by his children, as it is Howard and Eleanor’s anniversary date.

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