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David A. Busch | 85

October 15, 1936 - January 7, 2022

David A. Busch, 85, formerly of 533 Rock Street, St. Marys, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, January 7, 2022, at Elm Terrace Gardens in Lansdale, PA.

He was born October 15, 1936, in St. Marys, son of the late Elmer and Catherine Thorwart Busch.  Dave was a lifelong resident of St. Marys and was a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Class of 1954.  He graduated from Dubois Business College in the field of Accounting in 1955, and he continued his schooling at St. Bonaventure University where he graduated in 1961.  Dave served his country with the United States Army from 1961 to 1967 and then continued his dedicated service as an Army Reservist.  He spent most of his professional career employed by Airco and Sylvania.  In 1998, he obtained a degree in Wildlife Technology at Penn State University.  He then built his own accounting practice with his wife.

On October 3, 1964, in the St. Mary’s Church, Dave married the love of his life, Mary E. Engel, who survives.

Along with his wife, he is survived by three daughters: Sharon Min (Henry) of Collegeville, PA, Karen Davis (Elmer) of Phoenixville, PA, and Lisa Heflin (Jason) of Limerick, PA; his son, Timothy Busch of Pottstown, PA; and by his six grandchildren that he adored: Eleanor, Natalie, Norah, Logan, Jeremy, and Taryn.

Dave was a member of the St. Marys Church.  He belonged to the American Legion and St. Marys Sportsmen.  He enjoyed golfing and to compete with his neighbors over the best vegetable gardens, was an avid Steelers and Pirates fan, loved to read, especially about history and World War II, and enjoyed debating over politics.  What Dave loved the most was the time spent with his family- his wife, children, and grandchildren.

There will be no visitation.

Family and friends are invited to attend a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated in the St. Mary’s Catholic Church on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at 10:00 AM, with the Rev. Peter Augustine Pierjok, OSB, Pastor, officiating.  Full military rites will be accorded by the St. Marys Servicemen’s Burial Detail.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery.

The family kindly requests that safety measures are taken to protect against Covid, such as masking and social distancing.

Memorial donations, if desired, may be made to St. Marys Catholic Church, 315 Church St, St. Marys, PA 15857, the St. Marys Servicemen’s Detail, 168 Center Street, St. Marys, PA 15857, or the St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.




Funeral Service

February 19, 2022
10:00 am
St. Mary's Catholic Church

Final Resting Place

February 19, 2022
11:00 am
St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery

Tribute Wall


  1. Mary and Family, Sending our deepest sympathy on the death of Dave. May he rest in peace and may God comfort you.
    Thoughts and prayers.
    Eileen & Tom Erich

  2. Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire Busch family. Dave was the nicest man and always interested in our lives, even as children. My hope is the many memories you share, help to fill the void that is left with his passing. Terry Schade

  3. Tim and family my deepest condolences on your loss

  4. Mary and family: Sincerest condolences on your loss. We had so hoped to be neighbors for a long time. Know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Gale and Jon Lehman

  5. Thoughts and prayers to Mary and family. May God give you comfort and strength.
    Dale and Janet Forster

  6. Tim, I am so sorry for your loss.

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