Walter A. Buss Sr., age 87, of Plymouth, went home to be with his Lord on Wednesday, June 19, 2013, at the Sharon S. Richardson Hospice in the town of Sheboygan Falls.

He was born May 8, 1926 in Plymouth, son of the late William and Odelia (Pitt) Buss. He attended Elkhart Lake area schools.

Walter heard the call of his country and entered the United States Army serving in Europe from 1945-48 and also in Korea from 1950-51.

On March 11, 1950, he married Grace H. Carpenter. She preceded him in death Dec. 28, 1998.

Walter was employed by Gilson Brothers and Lawn Boy for over 32 years retiring in 1990.

In retirement he found himself working for the Town of Rhine Recycling Center for years making many friends along the way. In his free time he enjoyed playing cards, dancing, camping and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He was a dedicated member of Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart Lake where he served as an elder, vice-president, president, and head usher.

He was a member of the Elkhart-Glenbeulah VFW Post #6973 where he served as senior vice-commander.

He is survived by his special friend, Irene Kissinger of Elkhart Lake; three children, Debra Kay (David) Lorenz, Sunday Lee (Richard) Strong and Walter (Ann) Buss Jr., all of the town of Rhine; seven grandchildren, Michael (Molly) Lorenz, Jason Lorenz, Travis (fiancée, Andrea) Lorenz, 2nd Lt. Cody Strong, Spencer Strong, Tyler Buss and Alyssa Buss; two great-grandchildren, Trent and Quentin Lorenz; a brother, Roland (Linda) Buss of Sheboygan and a sister, Mary Jean (James) Whalen of Milwaukee. He is further survived by many nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; four brothers, Elmer, Robert, Eugene and James and a sister, Evelyn.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 25, at Grace Lutheran Church in Elkhart Lake with the Rev. Peter Peitsch offi ciating. Burial will follow in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

Visitation was held at the church Monday, June 24, from 4 to 7 p.m. Friends may call Tuesday from 10 a.m. until the time of service.

Military rites will be conducted at the Woodlawn Cemetery on Tuesday by the World’s Cheese Center VFW Post #5612 of Plymouth.

A memorial has been established in the name of Walter A. Buss Sr.

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The family would like to extend a special thank you to Dr. Kumar, Dr. Offermann, the staff of the Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic, and the staff of Sharon S. Richardson Hospice.

A heartfelt thank you also goes to Irene Kissinger and Barb Sander (special granddaughter) for the wonderful care and concern they have shown to Walter.

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