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Service Information
Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted
Thursday, March 15th, 2012
11:00 A.M.

Visitation Information
Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted
Wednesday, March 14th, 2012
4-8 P.M.

Llewellyn Francis Buss “Lew”, age 77, of Lester Prairie, passed away at the RidgeView Hospital, Waconia, Minnesota, on Sunday, March 11, 2012.

Lew was born on June 30, 1934, in Hastings, Minnesota, the son of George and Josephine (Doffing) Buss. Lew was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Hastings.

Lew graduated from St. Paul Park High School in 1952.

Lew married Marceil Killinger on June 13, 1953 in Mason City, Iowa. Their marriage was blessed in the Catholic faith on May 27, 1954 at the St. Augustine’s Catholic Church, South St. Paul. They were blessed with five children.

In the early years, Lew was a member of the Minnesota National Guard. Lew and Marceil were involved in the newspaper business for nearly their entire career, working for the Velva, North Dakota Journal with brother-in-law Jerry Jordahl, and the Granville, North Dakota Herald. They owned the Braham, Minnesota Journal, Onamia Independent and the Lester Prairie News. They ran the Lester Prairie News until their retirement in 2000. Lew very much loved photographing and writing up the local high school sports for the newspaper.

Lew enjoyed snowmobiling and showing his vintage car in classic car shows. He also enjoyed following the Minnesota Vikings and Twins.

Lew was preceded in death by his wife, Marceil, parents George and Josephine Buss and parents-in-law Charles and Hazel Killinger; brothers: Anthony (Tony) Buss, Joseph Buss and Ervin Buss; sisters-in-law Florence Buss, Nona Jordahl, Glenna Speth and Lillian Killinger; brothers-in-law: Jerome Jordahl and John Speth.

Lew is survived by his loving family: children: LuAnn (Randall) Stender, Timothy (DeAnn) Buss, TerriLea (Greg) Bestul, Lynn (Laura) Buss and Robert Buss; grandchildren: Bethany and Brandon Stender, Melissa, Corey and Megan Buss, Kimberly, Matthew and Alexander Bestul, Maren and Rachel Buss, Bailey and Gavin Buss; sister Elizabeth “Betty” (Ted) Hakanson; sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law: Joyce Buss, Katie Buss, William “Bud” and Bonnie Killinger; Irene and Bruce Horstman; nieces and nephews, and other relatives and friends.

A Mass of Christian Burial for Llewellyn “Lew” Buss will be held on Thursday, March 15th at 11:00 A.M. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted. Father Tony Hesse will be the Celebrant. Interment with military rites Holy Trinity Cemetery.

Reader for the Mass will be Lynn Buss. Gift Bearers will be Megan Buss and Melissa Buss.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, March 14th from 4-8 P.M. at The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted. A Knights of Columbus Rosary will be held at 7:30 P.M. and Parish Prayers at 8:00 P.M.

Casket Bearers will be grandsons: Brandon Stender, Corey Buss, Matthew Bestul, Alexander Bestul, Bailey Buss and Gavin Buss and son-in-laws: Randy Stender and Greg Bestual.

The Chilson Funeral Home in Winsted is serving the family.

6 Guestbook Entries

  1. LuAnn Stender


    I will love you forever.


  2. Lorna Jordahl Horpedahl

    I can only imagine the excitement as Uncle Lew and Aunt Marceil were united in Heaven. The music was playing as he asked her once again…”Can I have this Dance!!!”

  3. Patti Buss

    I know you all miss your dad terribly. I will remember his kind and friendly nature, his smile and his place as the “giant” in the family 🙂 May your memories and knowing you will one day see him again bring some peace and comfort as you adjust to his absence from this planet. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.


  4. Irene Horstman

    Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you. We are here for you.
    Love, Uncle Bruce and Aunt Irene

  5. Lori Buss

    I’m very sorry for the sorrow I know you all are feeling. I’m not sure whether I’ll be able to make it Wednesday night…either way, please know that I’m holding you all in my heart, sending you lots of love, and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Love you all!

  6. Dale Anderson

    Please accept my condolences. Lew was a great influence in my life and will always be remembered for the words of encouragement and support he gave. He will be greatly missed. He will live on long after he is gone.


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