Friday, June 11, 2010

Kenneth Eugene Busig 1926 - 1972, World War II Navy Vet

Obituary: Kenneth Eugene Busig, 45, was killed Thursday night, March 30, 1972 when he was crushed beneath a bulldozer. Busig, born in Sterling, Colorado, lived at 4013 NE 49th St., was employed by Roy Zimmerly Construction. He was a World War II veteran. Survivors include his mother, Mrs. Bertha Busig of Vancouver; two daughters, Robin White and Mrs. Carol Ann Cain of Vancouver; five sons, Lawrence, Patrick and Jeffrey, all of Vancouver, Charles of Renton, Wash., Randy Fewins of California; a brother, Harold of Vancouver; sisters, Mrs. Lorry Helton and Mrs. Ruth Lander, both of Vancouver; and his grandmother, Mrs. Lydia Anderson of Redwood City, Calif. He was married to Marilyn Busig of Vancouver. The funeral services will be at 11 a.m., at Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home, followed by private committal services in Evergreen Memorial Gardens Cemetery in Vancouver, Washington.


Kenny lost his son Michael Allen Busig in a trailer fire two weeks before he died. What killed Kenny? A horse killed Kenny. Kenny was on crutches at the time of the dozer accident, the result of falling off a horse and being dragged through barb wire the day or days before his accident. Below picture from the front page of the Monday, March 13, 1972, Oregon Journal, published in Portland, Oregon:


Birth: Aug. 25, 1926
Logan County, Colorado, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1972
Clark County, Washington, USA
Father: John Harold "Pop" BUSIG b: 11 JUN 1901 in Fairbury, Jefferson County, Nebraska
Mother: Bertha Mae "Mom" BARTON b: 3 DEC 1904 in Crystal Spring, Fulton County, Pennsylvania


News Article (March 31, 1972 Columbian newspaper): Man killed in bulldozer accident - Photo on page 12 - A construction worker was killed when he was crushed under a bulldozer Thursday in the Livingston Mountain area of eastern Clark County, the State Patrol reported. Victim of the accident was identified as Kenneth E. Busig, 45, an employee of Roy Zimmerly Construction, who lived at 4013 NE 49th St. A state trooper said the mishap occurred alongside County Road 128, about half a mile west of Livingston Road at about 7 p.m. Busig was driving a truck, towing a low-boy trailer that was carrying a bulldozer. The vehicles bogged down in a soft shoulder, causing the low-boy to tilt. Busig was attempting to take the bulldozer off the low-boy, when it slid and rolled over on him. He was pronounced dead on arrival at a hospital.


Military Service: Honorable Discharge from United States Navy on August 27, 1947 Place of discharge: U. S. Naval Training Center, San Diego, California Date of entry into active service: 24 March 1944 Highest rank or rating held: Motor Machinist's Mate Third Service (vessels and stations served on): U. S. Naval Training Station, Farragut, Idaho; ATB, Camp Bradford, NOB, Norfolk, Virginia; ATB, Andrew Bay, Panama City, Florida; USS LST 681; Naval Air Base, Coronado, California; USS LST 255; NATU, NavPhibBase, Coronado, California. Remarks: Entitled to the following Medals: Asiatic-Pacific-2 stars, American Area, Philippine Liberation - 1 star, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct

Left, Kenny fighting in WWII, Kenny's LST-681 (on the right) and LST-127 unload on the beach at Lingayen Gulf during the landings in January 1945.

On April 20, 1948, in Vancouver, Washington, Kenneth Busig married Marilyn Jean Burris, born on 11 JUN 1931 in Conway, Walsh County, North Dakota. They had eight children, six boys and two girls.

Kenneth Busig honored at World War II Memorial Site

Kenneth Busig Family Tree

Find A Grave Site for Kenneth Eugene Busig
Family Pictures:

Above, July 4, 1930, in Colorado.
Top Row, left to right:
Bertha Mae Busig, Delores May Busig and John Harold Busig
Bottom Row, left to right:
Harold Wayne Busig, Kenneth Eugene Busig, Ruth Evelyn Busig

Above, six years later, taken in snow in July 1936 near the Cloud Cap Inn on Mt. Hood in Oregon:
Left to right, top row:
John Harold "Pop" Busig, Bertha Mae Barton "Mom" Busig, Harold Wayne Busig, Delores Mae "Lorry" Busig
Left to right, bottom row:
Kenneth Eugene "Kenny" Busig, Ruth Evelyn "Ruthie" Busig

Above, circa 1938:
Back row,from left to right:
Kenneth Eugene "Kenny" Busig, John Harold "Pop" Busig, Bertha Mae "Mom" Busig, Harold Wayne "Harry" Busig
Front row, from left to right:
Ruth Evelyn "Ruthie" Busig and Delores Mae "Lorry" Busig

Above, circa 1943, John and Bertha Busig Family:
From left to right, back row:
Delores Mae "Lorry" Busig, Harold Wayne "Harry" Busig, Kenneth Eugene "Kenny" Busig, Ruth Evelyn "Ruthie" Busig
Front row:
John Harold "Pop" Busig and Bertha Mae "Mom" Busig

Above, this picture was taken around 1943 at John and Bertha Busig's house at 5817 East 1st Street, McLoughlin Heights in Vancouver, Washington. This was part of the wartime housing built for people working in the Vancouver Shipyards.
From left to right - back row:
Kenneth Eugene Busig, Harold Wayne Busig, Ervin S. Busig, John Harold Busig
From left to right - front row:
Ruth Evelyn Busig, Delores Mae "Lorry" Busig, Bertha Mae Busig, Inez Busig
The children in front are probably children of Ervin and Inez Busig, the boy is probably Glen Alan Busig

Above, from left to right, Delores (Lorry), Harold, Ruthie and Kenny, circa 1936, written on the back of the picture by Bertha Busig:
"This I took of the kids Xmas morning. You can see by the look on Delores' face, how she feels about her doll and things."

Above, from left to right, Ruthie, Lorry, Harold, Kenny

Above, from left to right, Harold, Lorrie, Ruth, Kenneth

Above, horse time

Above, left to right, Harold Busig and Kenneth Busig, 1927

Above, left to right, Harold, Kenneth and Ruthie, circa 1928

Above, left to right, Kenneth, Ruthie and Harold, July 19, 1931, Happy Birthday Ruthie, you are three years old today, so you get these three candles on your cake.

Above, left to right, Harold, Ruthie and Kenneth

Left, back of photo says: "Kenneth and old Shep"

Left, back of picture states: "Kenneth fishing at north Sterling," circa 1934

Left, Kenny and Pop at Pop's garage in Parkdale, Oregon

Left, writing on back of picture: "Kenneth riding a calf at Tucker Bridge" - Tucker Bridge is near Mt. Hood in Oregon, circa 1936

Kenneth Busig was a direct descendant of Capt. Elisha Barton and Private William Bedford Hanks, both Revolutionary War soldiers.
Below two pictures, circa 1933, left to right, Mardell Barton, Kenneth Busig, Harold Busig, Ruthie Busig and Lorry Busig:

Above, the adults from left to right, Delores Mae "Lorry" Busig, Florence Barton, John H. Busig, Bertha Busig, Harold W. Busig, Charles E. Barton, Marilyn Busig and Kenneth Busig. The children are Mardell and Maurice Barton. This picture was taken around 1947 at John and Bertha Busig's house at 5817 East 1st Street, McLoughlin Heights in Vancouver, Washington. This was part of the wartime housing built for people working in the Vancouver Shipyards.

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