Clarence Homer Bussert Jr., 85, died peacefully at home in Sunnyside, and was ushered into the presence of his Lord Jesus on Thursday, March 26, 2009.

Homer was born Feb. 7, 1924 in Leroy, Kansas, Coffey County, to Clarence Homer Bussert and Vera Marie (Miller) Bussert.

At the age of four his family moved to Washington state and settled in Sunnyside. In 1942 Homer graduated from Sunnyside High School.

Homer enlisted in the U.S. Army in March of 1943, where he served in WWII in the European theater, including the Battle of the Bulge. Besides being the company clerk, Homer was the driver for the chaplain and played the organ at the services that they held for the troops. Homer was honorably discharged on Jan. 4, 1946 with the rank of Sergeant.

Upon returning from the war, Homer married his high school sweetheart, Ella Marie Turner in a double wedding ceremony with Francis Wattenbarger and Katie Kinkade on Jan. 26, 1946. Since then, they have celebrated their anniversaries together and have remained good friends through the years.

Homer started working at the Sunnyside Post Office, and after 33 years of service he retired. During this time Homer also worked nights at the United Telephone Company for 13 years.

Homer loved music and sang in the choir for years.

Homer was a member of the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church. He was active in his church through serving in Sunday school and with the youth groups.

Homer was also a member of Gideons International and the American Legion.

Homer is survived by his wife of 63 years, Ella Marie; two sons, Leroy and wife, Susan of Grandview and Daryl and wife, Marlene of Waxhaw, NC; two daughters, Charlene Bussert of Sunnyside and Danel Smith and husband, Ken of Tacoma; eight grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren "on the ramp and three in the hangar". Homer is also survived by his brother, Bruce Bussert of Burlington; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father and mother; one brother, Jack; and one sister, Mary Lou.

Visitation will be held Thursday, April 2, 2009, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m., at Valley Hills Funeral Home, 345 N 11th Street in Sunnyside. The family will be present to receive guests from 5 until 7 p.m. Memorial services for Homer will be held Friday, April 3, 2009, at 11 a.m. at Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church, 709 Franklin Ave. in Sunnyside, with graveside services to follow at Lower Valley Memorial Gardens in Sunnyside.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International or the Sunnyside Grace Brethren Church Memorial Fund.

Valley Hills Funeral Home in Sunnyside is in charge of arrangements.


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