Hubert Lee Buss
Bert Buss of Nashotah, WI born July 28, 1943, and entered his heavenly home on July 2, 2022 at the age of 78.
He is survived by his devoted wife of 41 years, Lenore Buss and his devoted daughters Andrea (Jeff) Slamka of Saukville, WI and Lisa (Mark) Lehman of Richland, WA. Loving Grandpa to Brandon Grainger (fiancé Stacy Deehr), Madeline Walls, Chase, Jack, Ben and Finley Lehman. Loving brother to Connie Koehler, Edgar (Pauline) Buss and Carl (Rhonda) Buss. Cherished Uncle Bert to Ray (Pam) Koehler, Mary Koehler, Mike (Helen) Koehler, Linda Koehler, Jack Koehler and Joe Koehler, Anthony (Patty) Skiba, Sr. Paulette Skiba, BVM and Clarissa Skiba. Special “Uncle” to Paul and Nick Jannetto. Great-uncle to John, Emma, Clare, Mark and Luke Koehler. Bert is further survived by many lifelong friends.
Preceded in death by his parents Edgar and Saron Buss, mother-in-law Phyllis Sharp, brother-in-law Fritz Kohler and beloved dog from his youth, Blitz the Wonder Dog.
Bert graduated high school from Loyola Academy in 1961 and the University of Illinois College of Pharmacy in 1966, then served our country in the US Army Reserve and was honorably discharged. Bert had a long and distinguished career as a pharmacist, retiring from Walgreens. He spent most of his career at Walgreens in Oconomowoc as your friendly neighborhood pharmacist.
As a child, Bert’s mother would load Bert and his siblings along with the family pets into the car and travel from Chicago to the “Farm” in Waupaca, WI, where he spent his summers creating some of his favorite memories. When Bert was a young man, he loved taking his 300cc Honda motorcycle on cross-country trips with his buddy Fred Llaguno, taking them as far south as Mexico City.
His life forever changed in November 1980 when he met Lenore and her two daughters. On their first date, Bert arrived at Lenore’s house in his Chevy Vega (aka “BB the Silver Bullet’’), donning a blaze orange winter coat, carrying takeout pizza and Tab soda. It was love at first sight and the rest is history. They married at St. Charles Church in Hartland, WI on September 25, 1981. Not only did he love Lenore, he also loved Andrea and Lisa, adopting them in 1984.
Bert was an incredibly smart man, who enjoyed reading and sharing his vast knowledge with anyone who was interested. His family especially loved listening to his stories.
Bert believed in the 3C diet – Classic Coke (glass bottles preferred), Chips (De-lish brand) and chocolate (in any form).
Bert was an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. Bert’s grandchildren have summed it up perfectly, “Grandpa always had time for his grandkids, no matter how much he was working or how tired he was. He was always kind and gentle no matter how stressful life was. He was never judgmental and loved unconditionally”.
Parkinson’s Disease and dementia are insidious. Although we are so very sad to lose him, we believe God was merciful by calling him to his heavenly home before the effects of Parkinson’s and dementia ravaged his body. We are grateful for the care Bert received throughout his Parkinson’s journey, especially all who were involved in his care during his final days at Angel’s Grace Hospice. A very special thank you to Dr. John W. Murphy and Sue P. for their decades of care to our beloved Bert.
Rest in peace – until we meet again. We love you!
Private services to be held at a later date.