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In Memory of

David R. Buse

June 14, 1938 - September 9, 2017

Obituary


David Robert Buse, 79, died at hisArlingtonhome onSept. 9, 2017, coincidentally the134th birthdayof
hispaternal grandmother, IdaBuse. The causewascancer.
Born in Everett on June14, 1938, to Delmer and MaryBuse, Davegrew upon SmithIsland, attending
Washingtonand Whittier Elementary and NorthJr. High schoolsand wasa1956graduateof Everett High
School. He wasamember of Tau Phi Delta fraternity at theUniversity of Washington where heearned
hisB.S. degree from theCollege of Forestry in 1960.
Davemarried Virginia (Susie) Price of Seattleon Dec. 27, 1959. The couplecelebrated their 50th wedding
anniversaryin 2009, andSusiepreceded him in death in 2011. After several yearsasa contractor in
Arlington, Davejoined BuseTimber and...

David Robert Buse, 79, died at hisArlingtonhome onSept. 9, 2017, coincidentally the134th birthdayof
hispaternal grandmother, IdaBuse. The causewascancer.
Born in Everett on June14, 1938, to Delmer and MaryBuse, Davegrew upon SmithIsland, attending
Washingtonand Whittier Elementary and NorthJr. High schoolsand wasa1956graduateof Everett High
School. He wasamember of Tau Phi Delta fraternity at theUniversity of Washington where heearned
hisB.S. degree from theCollege of Forestry in 1960.
Davemarried Virginia (Susie) Price of Seattleon Dec. 27, 1959. The couplecelebrated their 50th wedding
anniversaryin 2009, andSusiepreceded him in death in 2011. After several yearsasa contractor in
Arlington, Davejoined BuseTimber and Salesof Everett, thesawmill onSmith Islandbegunin 1946by
hisfather anduncle, Norman Buse. Daveretired aspresident of BuseTimber andSalesof Everett, after
selling themill in 2004.
He married MarthaGrahamof Little Rock, AR, on Nov. 8, 2014. He issurvived by hiswife, MarthaBuse;
daughter Shannon Buse of Stanwood; sonsKevin Buse(Michelle) of Stanwood, Bill (Kami) andMike
Broderick (Margie); and grandchildren, Danicaand SavannaBuseand Austin andCorbin Wilhonen and
AmandaandLukeand Lee Haydenand Sean Broderick , andby sisters, LynetteEvansof San Francisco,
Janet Hallauer of Mukilteo andBarbaraBerry of Stanwood.
In theearly 1960s, Dave andSusiebuilt ahome near Trafton on acreage that he turnedinto awoodland
park that became thesiteof numerousgatheringsof family andfriends. A devout Christian, Davewas a
member of Free Methodist Churchin Arlington, where hedrew spiritual sustenance from membersof a
Bible studygroup that met weekly over thepast 30 years, and Immanuel Lutheran Churchin Everett.
An outdoorsman, gun collector, avid reader andphotographer, Davewasagentle giant. A devotedson,
husbandand father; hewas an accomplishedhunter, pilot and boatman whosechildren fondly recall him
flying thefamily above theArctic Circle in hisfavoriteCessna180, where thefamily camped under the
wing of theplane; of packing thefamily'shorsesinto theHigh Countryabove Glacier Peak, of leisurely
cruisesalong theInlandPassage to Alaskaon his38-foot cabin cruiser, Dawn Treader, which he last
piloted into theSanJuan Islandsfor afamily outingon July15. Hisannual bird-huntingexpeditionsinto
Montanawith Kevin andhisfriend DaveShermanare legendary, andhislast bigkill was amarauding
black bear that heshot in hisapple orchard two years to theday beforehisown death.
Privategravesideserviceswill beheld at 2:30 p.m. onSaturday, Sept. 23at Arlington Cemetery, 20310
67th Ave. NE, Arlington, with funeral services to follow at 4:30 p.m.at Immanuel LutheranChurch, 2521
LombardAve., Everett.Arrangements under the direction of Weller Funeral Home, Arlington, WA.