Bernard J. “Bernie” Busch, age 82, of New Prague, died peacefully, surrounded by his family at home Monday, October 31, 2016, after a courageous year long battle with cancer.  Bernie was born September 21, 1934, in Helena Township, Scott County, MN to Alma Busch.  He attended District Country School and New Prague High School and married Julia M. Flicek on June 23, 1955 at St. Wenceslaus Church in New Prague.  Bernie served in the US Army Reserves for 6 years.  The couple made their home in rural Jordan, where they raised their daughter and son and Bernie worked for H & W Equipment as a service mechanic for 48 years.  Bernie was a man with a strong work ethic, continuing to fix tractors and farm equipment out of his home after retirement.  He would begin the day early and work until late at night, always putting others before himself.  He featured his tractors in the Dozinky parade for New Prague’s Fall Harvest Festival and enjoyed going to tractor pulls.  Road trips with his family rounded out his favorite activities.

Bernie is survived by his wife, Julia, of rural Jordan; daughter, Janice (Mark) Busch-Koehnen of Jordan; son, Bernie “Butch” Busch of Bloomington.  He is preceded in death by his mother, Alma.

A Funeral Service will take place Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 11:00 AM at Bruzek Funeral Home with Pastoral Minister, Mary Higgins officiating.  Visitation will occur from 9:00 – 11:00 prior to service.  Burial with military honors will take place at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery followed by lunch at the Legion Club in New Prague.