James C. Busch 1939-2013

Posted on September 18th in Obituaries

James C. Busch, 73, passed away at home in the early morning hours of Sept. 11, after a courageous battle with cancer.

Jim was born in Klamath Falls, to Jim and Dorothy Busch Oct. 1, 1939. As a child, he lived in Klamath Falls and Eugene.


He spent his school years in Ashland, and graduated from Ashland High School in 1957.  While in high school, he participated in track and field, carrying on a love of the sport that was passed on from his father.

He attended Willamette University in Salem, where he was president of his senior class and president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Theta. Upon graduation in 1961, he entered the Air Force as a lieutenant, and became a photo reconnaissance officer.  Jim was stationed at March Air Force base in Riverside, Calif., and in Saigon, Vietnam. After completing four years in the military, Jim returned to Ashland, where he worked with his father, Jim H. Busch, as a manager at Jim Busch Ford Sales.

Jim married Glenda Tate Aug. 14, 1974.

Expanding on skills honed by selling automobiles, Jim began his profession as a lumber broker, and last worked at Snow Mountain Pine.

Jim’s interests were diverse, and included love for World War II aircraft, air shows, air museums, photography, computers, watches, a joke or two, and caring for pets and strays. In his early years, he was a pilot and avid water skiing enthusiast.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda; son, Scott Tate; and brother, Jack.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Jim and Dorothy Busch.

At Jim’s request, no service will be held.

Memorial donations may be made to the local Save A Stray Rescue.

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