Wesley William Busse


Busse, Wes_oval (1)April 1, 1938 ~ September 18, 2015

Wesley William Busse, 77, Sioux Falls, entered Heaven’s gates, September 18, 2015, at the Sanford Hospice Foundation Cottage, in Sioux Falls.

Family visitation will be 5-7pm, Monday, September 21, 2015, at Linwood Wesleyan Church in Sioux Falls with a sharing time at 7pm. Funeral services will be 10AM, Tuesday, September 22, also at Linwood. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery will Full Military Rites.

Wesley William Busse was born April 1, 1938, in Willow Lake, SD, to Wesley F. and Elsena (Meester) Busse as one of four children. He attended and graduated from Willow Lake and then joined the US Marine Corp. Upon his completion of duty, Wes returned to Sioux Falls and began working for Baumgartner’s Electric. In June 1961, Wes married Charlyne Jensen. Two children were born to this union. In 1966, Wes joined the South Dakota Highway Patrol and was stationed in Vermillion as HP120. He served the area until 1982, when he was reassigned to Sioux Falls. In the meantime, Wes had married his true love, Darlene Ageton, and expanded his family with her three children. Wes retired from the patrol in 1987 and went to work for the SD Lottery as Security. He spent the next ten years with the Lottery.

Wes was a true family man and his kids, grandkids and great-grandkids meant everything to him. He loved to go to their activities. He also enjoyed teasing and surprising them. He loved woodworking and making shelves, toy boxes, rocking horses, and cabinets for everyone. He was known to pack tools in his suitcase to work on projects for Carrie at her home on his visits there. If there was a problem, a need or crises, he was always there first to help his family out.

Wes and Darlene were active members of Linwood Wesleyan Church.

Wes will be deeply missed by his wife, Darlene; five children, Brian Busse, Sioux Falls, Carrie (Anthony) Varesio, Glastonbury, CT, Lee (Teri) Ageton, Brandon, Tim (Cheryl) Ageton, Sioux Falls, and Kathy Ageton, Sioux Falls; eleven grandchildren, Amanda, Melissa, Ryan, Joshua, Kylie, Jim, Sarah, Erin, Kristin, Delaine and Corey; five great-grandchildren, Kodie, Masyn, Brayden, Owen, and Macie; and one sister, Thressa Gallipo, Sioux Falls.

Wes was preceded in death by his parents, Wesley F. and Elsena (Meester) Busse, and two sisters, Anna Mae Berg and Wilma Dunfee.

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  • Gary Wright says:

    Gary Wright, Vermillion.
    I knew Wes when he was stationed at Vermillion,SD. I started with the Police Dept. where I met Trooper HP120. Always a joker, telling stories (some tall-tails) but good ones. He did his work as a Trooper, and with people he work with and knew in Law-enforcement a” good Joe..”
    I am sorry to the family, and their lost..

    God speeding Trooper HP120. you will be missed.

    Gary Wright, Cheif of Police, retired
    Vermillion,SD

  • Allen@Hospice says:

    Thinking of you today.

  • Delmar Iverson says:

    I enjoyed being his classmate and playing
    sports with Bill. He was a great guy.
    Del Class of 1956

  • Janice (Hofer) Toland says:

    Will have to double check my old WL annual, but seems to me Bill and I were classmates from first grade through high school. He was a great classmate, a good buddy, just a nice guy. Did not realize he had been in the Marine Corp.
    My sincere condolences to the family,
    Janice

  • George Martin says:

    I worked with Wes for six years myself in Elk Point and Wes in Vermillion. We ran a lot of radar on I-29. He will be truly missed.

  • June (Edleman) Newburg says:

    Have known Bill and his family since we were kids as their farm was next to ours at Willow Lake. He was a great guy and so sorry to learn of his passing. My sincere sympathy to his family.

  • Darlene(Balogh) Buck says:

    One of my favorite cousins, Bill and I grew up together in W. Lake. Bill, his mom,my mom and I did many things together after our fathers died. We were a close group. My sympathy and prayers are with all of Bill’s family.

  • Ginny (Tobey) Williamson says:

    Sorry to hear of Bill’s passing. Condolences to his family. I grew up as a neighbor to Bill, his sisters, and mother & father in Willow Lake. They were a fun, hard-working family & always welcomed my family into their home. Never a dull moment at their house. It was always more fun at their house than at home. Lots of good memories of the Busse family.

  • Janice Houghton Killingsworth says:

    I was a year behind Bill in High School in Willow Lake. Sorry for your loss.

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