Audrey Busse, age 87, of Canby, MN passed away on Friday, October 16, 2020 at the Centerville Care and Rehab Center in Centerville, SD. Memorial service will be at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, October 28th at the First Presbyterian Church in Canby, MN. Visitation will be held prior to the service at the church from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Burial will be held at a later date at the Beaver Creek Lutheran Cemetery in Beaver Creek, MN. Houseman Funeral Home, Birk Chapel of Canby, MN is entrusted with the arrangements.
Audrey Laurine Busse was born on November 4, 1932 in Huron, SD to Floyd C. and Katherine (Linn) Cam. She was the second of four girls born to the couple. The family moved several times during Audrey’s childhood as her father took Superintendent positions in school districts throughout MN and SD. When she was upset about moving, her Mother always reminded her, “Audrey, you make friends so easily, you won’t have any problem.” Audrey graduated from Beaver Creek (MN) High School in 1950. She furthered her education by attending Mankato State College. Upon completion of her Elementary Education teaching certificate, she started her first teaching position in Jasper, MN and waited for her sweetheart to return from combat in Korea. She married Myron E. Busse on March 5, 1955 in Jasper, MN. They moved to Mankato where Audrey taught at Mankato Public Schools while Myron attended college and son Kevin was born in 1955. They moved to Lamberton, MN in 1959 and daughter Andrea was born in 1960. The family moved to Canby, MN in 1963 for Myron and Audrey to begin new teaching careers. Audrey was hired to help develop the High School Special Education program. She also enjoyed her time as the Assistant Coach for Declam. Her last 10 years of teaching were in the Elementary School. Audrey was very proud of the 30 years she spent working with her students and their parents. She retired in 1996. Audrey was an active and involved member of First Presbyterian Church. She served as an Elder and enjoyed being a Lector and however else she could help. She also enjoyed participating in Book Club, Garden Club, Women’s Club and Canby Community Education. As many of you already know, Audrey was passionate about supporting Myron’s military service and helping Veterans. She was an Auxiliary member of VFW, Military Order of Cooties, DAV and American Legion posts. She held local, district, state and national leadership and committee appointments with the VFW Auxiliary – most notably was her term as the MN State VFW Auxiliary President in 1981-82. Audrey filled her retirement years by following her grandchildren’s sports and band activities; family holidays; traveling with Myron to Alaska, St Maarten, Grand Cayman, Branson and Arizona; VFW conventions all over the US; knitting, crocheting, reading and Bridge; sharing time with her Birthday Club friends and relaxing at West Battle Lake.
Grateful for having shared her life are her two children: Kevin, Hartford, SD and Andrea “Andi” (Gene) Klein, Brandon, SD; 5 grandchildren: Collin Busse, Jillanne (Adam) Beier, Katelyn Busse, Kyle (Kristin) Klein and Keira (Kyle) Anderson; 4 great-grandchildren: Logan and Emma DeSmet and Parker and Jonah Anderson – as well as, sister Vivian Lynn, Lake Park, IA and sister-in-law Janice Busse, Luverne, MN; many nieces and nephews; and many close and special friends and neighbors. Audrey was preceded into heaven by her husband, Myron Busse; her parents, Floyd and Katherine Cam; parents-in-law, Edward and Emma Busse; daughter-in-law, Deborah (Fier) Busse; sisters, Lois Ramsett and LaVisa Wilson; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Busse, Willard Ramsett, Wesley Lynn and Russell Wilson.
May her soul find peace and comfort in God’s embrace. Audrey’s family suggests memorials in her honor be made to the Veteran’s Auxiliary organization of your choice (VFW, American Legion, DAV, etc), Midwest Honor Flight or First Presbyterian Church. In this unprecedented time of pandemic, we understand that you may not be able to attend the visitation or funeral with us. If you cannot attend, please lift up a prayer, share an “Audrey” memory or do something special to benefit children or veteran causes in her honor.