Oscar G. Busboom, 79, passed away Friday (Nov. 27, 2009) at an acute care facility in West Allis, Wis.

He was born on Feb. 28, 1930, in Gifford, Ill., the son of George and Anna (Hinrichs) Busboom.

He received his pilot’s license at the age of 16, and graduated from Rantoul Township High School in 1948. He joined the U.S. Air Force in 1948 and proudly served during the Korean War, being stationed in occupied Japan until 1952.

Upon his return to the States, he married Louise Mennenga and had two children: Bruce Busboom of Dewey and Brenda (Mark) Patchel of Franklin Park. He then married Janet Blohowiak on Aug. 20, 1971, and moved to Macon, Ga., where she was a college professor. They then retired in Green Lake, Wis.

Oscar was a skilled craftsman, artist and inventor, and had many interests including boating, flying and riding motorcycles. His dogs were his best friends and classical music played a very important part in his life. He and his wife, Janet, shared a love of travel and their adventures took them all over the world as well as all over the U.S.

Oscar is survived by his devoted wife of 37 years, Janet; adoring sister Hilda Schluter of Gifford; his two children; four grandchildren, Bryan and Tyler Buck, Brittany and David Busboom; as well as nieces and numerous friends who have been like family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his parents, a nephew and his brother-in-law.

A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Flatville. Rev. James Lehmann will officiate. Burial will follow in Kopmann Cemetery, St. Joseph.

Memorials may be made to the American Stroke Foundation.

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