Brad Busse

June 1, 1944 ~ November 30, 2018 (age 74)


Bradley M. Busse, 74, of Sturgeon Bay, moved in to his “mansion, just over the hilltop” on Friday, November 30, 2018 and is officially a resident of the “bright land where he’ll never grow old”.  He was born June 1, 1944 in Chicago, Illinois and raised by Earl H. and Thelma K. Addison.

Brad met and married the love of his life, Carolyn Sue Williams, on July 3, 1965 in Galena, Illinois.  After vacationing in Door County, Carolyn stated she wanted to raise their kids in a place where they could “breathe clean air” and Brad made it happen.  In 1970 they moved their family to Sturgeon Bay. He accepted the challenge of driving school bus for Sevastopol Schools and loved every minute with the students and parents who affectionately nicknamed him the “Cookie Monster”.

When he started to experience health issues, he permanently parked the yellow bus and began working a variety of jobs from the parts department at Door County Cycles, car salesman for two dealerships, long-haul truck driver, tax office assistant and as town clerk for Sevastopol. Brad was a colorful character who loved Jesus, BNSF trains, race cars and daily wore a racing t-shirt.  He had an unforgettable sense of humor and freely offered to share “the Big Knuck”.

Brad leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Carolyn; two children, Ruann (Gregory) Wood of Knoxville, TN; and Jason (Jessica) Busse of Green Bay; six grandchildren that he lived for: Wesley, Derek, Austin, Emily, Jordan, and Marshall.  He was preceded in death by his parents.

Join the family for a celebration of Brad’s life at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 6, 2018 at Forbes Funeral Home in Sturgeon Bay with Pastor Jerry Marsden officiating.  Come share stories and memories of Brad with the family on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 from 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and on Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service.  In lieu of flowers, please send monetary donations to Unity Hospice in DePere. 

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