BUSS, Dick J. 1864-1910
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Date: 3/5/2017 at 21:31:41
Death of Dick J. Buss
Dick J. Buss, the subject of this sketch, was born at Forreston, Ill., on Feb. 19, 1864 and died at his home one and one-half mile east of Fern Sept. 8, 1910 at about 8 o'clock p.m. attaining the age of 46 yrs, 6 mos, and 19 days. Death being due to cancer of the digestive organ.
For the past 19 years he had been a sufferer of what was supposed to be stomach trouble, the last twelve years of which were much the worse, during the greater part of all this time he was very seldom able to eat a regular meal with his family and could only take such foods that would agree with his condition. In spite of his long and constant sufferings which caused him much distress he had a rugged physique and strong constitution and for that reason was able to do his work at nearly all times up to about six months prior to his death. He never lost courage and even during his late illness he never took to bed and was able to be on his feet until three days prior his death. All medicines and treatment taken during the last years proved to no avail, his case only growing worse from time to time, until last June when his case became alarming when an operation was decided upon as the only means of saving his life, and he went to Waterloo to consult specialists at a hospital at that place, fearing that this institution would not be capable to handle his case he returned home and immediately decided to go Chicago accompanied by his wife. He entered the Augustana hospital at Chicago on June 28th and two days later underwent an operation for the removal of the gall bladders as was stated by the Professor, although at the time of the operation the discovery had been made that he was afflicted with cancer and that he could not recover, but the family was not informed thereof until about two weeks ago when Mr. and Mrs. Buss again went to Chicago to further consult the Professor. He soon rallied from the effects of the operation and showed signs of recovery. At the end of a four weeks stay at the hospital he was permitted to return home, stopping on the way home at Forreston, for a few days' visit, they arrived home Aug. 1st. After being home a few days he was taken with a pain that gradually grew worse and his sufferings were intense for four weeks continually. All that medical skill and loving hands could do was done but to no avail. About eight days before his death he was released of his pain and his life gradually ebbed away and he went to sleep in death without a struggle. During his illness he had never lost hope that he might recover and be restored to his children.
The deceased was of a jovial disposition, always ready with some pleasantry or joke when accosted by his family and friends, a faithful, kind loving husband and father, a kind neighbor, and a man of upright and straightforward principles.
He was the oldest member of a family of ten children of Mr. and Mrs. John Buss Sr. all of whom survive him except his father who died 18 years ago.
On March 10, 1887 he was united in marriage to Lena Bocker at Forreston, Illinois. From this union were born ten children, 6 girls and 4 boys, all of whom are living. They are Mrs. Menno VanHauen of this township, Dora, Jennie, Grace, Tillie, John, Dick, Lena, Joe and Claus all at home who with their mother will miss and sincerely mourn the loss of their father.
One year after his marriage they came to this county settling down on his mother's farm which he still occupied at the time of his death.
Besides a wife, 6 daughters, 4 sons, and one grandchild, he leaves to mourn his departure a mother, Mrs. John Buss Sr., Forreston, Ill., 5 sisters, Mrs. Geo. Kruger, Titonka, Mrs. Geo. Lursem, George, Ia., Mrs. John Buntjer, Brookville, Ill., Mrs. Nanne DeWall, and Mrs. Mark Conrad, both of Forreston, Ill. and four brothers, Joe of Harper, Ill., John and Henry of Forreston and Reint of Britton, S.D. Also a large number of other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the German Reform church two miles west of Fern, Rev. Siemsen officiated. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the cemetery adjoining the church. The floral tributes were abundant and beautiful and the sympathizing friends were many. The people of the entire community extend their heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family in their great sorrow. May he rest in peace and the eternal light shine upon him, and may the grace of God sustain the sorrowing ones.
Those that attended the funeral from abroad were Joe Buss, Harper, Ill., Henry Buss, Forreston, Reint Buss, Britton, S.Dak., Mr. and Mrs. Claus Lursem, George, Ia., Geo. Kruger, Titonka, Ia., Mr. and Mrs. Claas Bocker and John Buntjer, Forreston, Ill., and Miss Tillie Kruger, Bricelyn, Minn., three sisters and one brother being unable to be present.
--Grundy County Democrat (Grundy Center, Iowa), 22 September 1910, pg 1
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