The Free Press, Mankato, MN


March 25, 2013

Robert J. Buscher

  Robert J. Buscher of Bonita Springs, FL, Bayfield, WI, and formerly of Mankato, MN, left us on March 21, 2013. God took his weary hand and called him home after a full and happy life.

 He is preceded in death by his parents Ferd and Muriel Buscher.  Left to cherish his memory are his devoted wife of 60 years, Marilyn of Bonita Springs, Fl: his son Brad J. Buscher of Minnetonka, MN: daughter Lisa Sieling (Scott) of Eden Prairie, MN; grandchildren Ryan Sieling (Mary) of St. Paul, MN; Megan Rogers (Ben) of Eden Prairie, MN; Beaujona and Chanel Buscher of Minnetonka, MN; sister Mary Ann Fales (David) of Denver, CO; nieces Mary Therese Hojem of Denver, CO;  Elizabeth Allan (Keys) of La Jolla, CA and many friends whom he considered family too.

 Bob was born on May 29, 1928, in Minneapolis, MN.  He moved to Mankato with his family at the age of 6 in 1934 and made his home there for most of the next 60 years. He attended Loyola HS in Mankato and graduated from Mankato HS in 1946.  He went on to Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI and graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Business in 1951.  He married his best friend Marilyn Lee Cowden also of Mankato, MN, on February 14, 1953.

 He was a very patriotic man who enlisted in the U. S. Air Force in 1951 and served in Denver, CO, at Lowry AFB until 1955 where he worked in the finance division for the new Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs. During that time, he developed his life long passion for skiing.

 Bob was involved in many enterprises during his professional life including banking which became the primary  focus of his business career. He worked tirelessly to promote the role of community banks and was very instrumental in helping found the Independent State Bank of Minnesota which was the first of its kind in the USA.   He was an organizer of the American Bank Mankato in 1969 and was also involved in the plastics industry.    Along with his father Ferd and brother-in-law David Fales, Bob helped start National Poly Products in Mankato now known as Atlantis Plastic.  He went on to help organize Amdevco  Packaging Films with his brother-in-law David Fales.

 Bob loved Mankato and was always grateful for his many friends and colleagues he worked with there.  He was co-founder of the United Way in Mankato with Robert Carlstrom and Floyd DeRosia.  He was very proud of what that clearly grew in to. Bob was passionate about leaving the world a better place each day through not only his volunteer efforts but his innate talents for gardening, household projects, investments, real estate and his beloved family.   

 Bob had a true passion for skiing, boating and entertaining people with his unending array of stories.  He had a closet full of fun costumes for every occasion.

 One of his life's greatest regrets was that he wasn't born with two hearts so he could love his family and friends "twice as much." He will be sadly missed by that loving family and those countless friends.

 Here is a final Woop-Woop to a most loved man.

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