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Elmer Buschling

December 30, 1924 — March 22, 2014

ELMER L. BUSCHLING

Elmer L. Buschling, age 89, of rural Canton, MO, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Clark Co. Nursing Home in Kahoka.

Elmer was born December 30, 1924 at Wayland, MO, a son of Fredrick and Rosa Sheverbush Buschling.

He was united in marriage to Dorothy F. Leeds on December 14, 1952 at St. Patrick, MO.

She preceded him in death on December 5, 2007, just nine days prior to their 55th wedding anniversary.

Survivors include one son, Gregory Buschling of Tampa, FL; three daughters: Cynthia Betz and her husband, Michael, of Fowler, IL, Karen Spurgeon and her husband, Bruce, of rural Alexndria, MO, and Julie Muszynski and her husband, Bernard, of Kissimmee, FL; seven grand children: Jennifer (Mrs. Todd) Johnson of St. Peters, MO, Laura Betz of Joplin, MO, Ryan Betz of Columbia, MO, Emily (Mrs. Justin) Smeltser of Kahoka, MO, Morgan (Mrs. Andrew) Sarafan of Orlando, FL, Josh Weinberger of St. Petersburg, FL, and Jesse Buschling of Tampa, FL; five great-grandchildren: Zoe, Andrew, and Cecelia Johnson, and Sydney and Grant Smeltser; four step grandchildren: Kenneth, Karen, Alexander and James Muszynski, all of Florida; sisters-in-law: Zola Close of Hamilton, IL, Betty Settles of Warsaw, IL, Evelyn Clark (Mrs. Norman) Finton of Hamilton, IL, and Alice (Mrs. Jay) Booth of Hamilton, IL; as well as numerous nieces and nephews and their families and other relatives.

He was preceded in death by six brothers: one in infancy and Louis, Fred, John, Charles, and Allen and five infant sisters.

Elmer was a faithful, dedicated member of the St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Wayland.

He was also a Board Member of the Zion Cemetery. He graduated from Wayland High School in 1941 and served in the U. S. Army.

Elmer was a retired employee of Roquette. He also owned a small farm. From 1988 until 2004 he and his family operated Buschling Fireworks at their home south of Wayland on old highway 61.

Elmer enjoyed gardening and planting many beautiful flowers at his home. Anything he planted lived as it was lovingly cared for under his watchful eye. He was an excellent cook and made sure his children knew how to cook as well. Elmer loved being around people. He could make a few calls and soon his home would be filled with friends and neighbors and the eating and card playing would begin. He had a special knack for organizing and putting together family gatherings and reunions in order to maintain close family ties. He was the last of his generation of Buschlings.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at 10 a.m. at St. Martha’s Catholic Church in Wayland with the Rev. Boniface Kasiita Nzabonimpa serving as officiant.

Burial with military honors followed in the Zion Cemetery southwest of Wayland.

A Scripture Service was held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 25 led by Kristin Roth, Pastoral Administrator.

Memorials are suggested to the Zion Cemetery or St. Martha’s Catholic Church.

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