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James "Jim" Dave Busse

November 8, 1923 ~ May 20, 2020 (age 96)


            Mr. James Dave “Jim” Busse, beloved husband of the late Velma Busse, passed away on Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at the Gull Lake Care Center at the age of 96 ½ years.

            Jim is survived by his son Terry (Pat) Busse, daughter Jill (Bentley) Gibson; grandchildren Andy (Ruby) Busse, Angie (Mike) Hughes, Raymond (Michelle) Gibson, Jamie (Daryl) Lockyer; great-grandchildren Braden and Kyle Busse, Riley and Aly Hughes, Avery, Hanna and Abby Gibson, Zoey and Gracey Lockyer (the four legged grand babies), as well as a large extended family. Besides his loving wife Velma, Jim was predeceased by his son Vic, all of his siblings and in-laws.

            Jim was born November 8, 1923 to Oscar and Emma Busse in Gull Lake, the baby of the family of 6. Raised on the farm south of Gull Lake up on the Bench, this farm kid decided to make farming his lifelong passion. Friendships were created on the farm with the neighbouring kids, which led to a lifetime of friends playing sports, plowing snow, hunting, fishing, camping and work. A dark-haired beauty from town caught his eye, Velma Hay. They were married November 1, 1945 after a snowstorm. They resided on the Bench until 1969 when they moved to the Flat. This is where their next chapter began with the arrival of their grandchildren.

            Together Jim and Velma enjoyed many trips in various places around the world, his favourite place being St. Thomas, other than home.  However, a second home was predominant in Jim’s life between seeding and harvest, it was known as the Corals. Many fish were caught here, a lot of tall tales were told, along with many memories with family and friends were created and will always be cherished.

            One of Jim’s many enjoyments were his records and 8 tracks, especially “The Rangers”. As the family know he was an avid picture taker of Saskatchewan’s Sunsets, landscapes, harvest and friends. Eventually this ole farmer became a gardener, with his love of corn and pumpkins which he happily shared with anyone who would take it, but that was not enough. Chokecherry wine became a staple in the season as well. Everyone knew when spring had arrived as the crocuses and pussy willows would appear on your table.

            Jim being the tough old farmer he was, he learned to cook at 80 years young for him and Velma, as her mind failed her. Eventually Jim found a new home at Autumn House in March of 2015 where he enjoyed his cocktails, socializing and familiar faces. Jim then moved to the Gull Lake Care Center in November of 2019, where he resided until his passing. For Jim’s sake we are all hoping, “That those damn Toronto Blue Jays will win.”

            He will always have a piece of our hearts for all the fun and enjoyment he brought to us.

A Visitation for family and friends will be held at Knox United Church, on Friday, May 22, 2020 from 5 PM till 7 PM. “The rules of the current health situation will be followed and maintained.” 

            A Private Family service will take place at the Gull Lake Cemetery, where the family will have "one more inchy pinchy" with Grandpa.

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Recording of Service

 Service Program


May 22, 2020

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Know United Church
4175 Price Avenue
Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0

Graveside Service
May 23, 2020

1:00 PM
Gull Lake Cemetery
Gull Lake, SK
Gull Lake, SK S0N 1A0


Autumn House
P.O. Box 630, Gull Lake SK S0N 1A0

Gull Lake Care Center
P.O. Box 539, Gull Lake SK S0N 1A0

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