February 6, 1930 - April 17, 2021
Elgar N. Busch, age 91, of New Prague, died peacefully with his family at his side, on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at Praha Village. Elgar was born a twin at the New Prague Hospital on February 6, 1930 to Florian H. and Elizabeth (Hoffman) Busch. He grew up on the family farm in St. Benedict and attended St. Benedict District Country School. He served in the US Marine Corps, spending a year in Korea. After service, his father gave him the choice of entering one of the family businesses, either farming or construction. Elgar chose construction and worked with Busch Construction, eventually becoming a part-owner, and finally retiring with Pavek Construction in Northfield. For a man who hated dancing, ironically he met Irene E. Bendzick at a dance in Jordan and dedicated his life to “ his Renie” on September 14, 1955 at St. John the Baptist Church in Jordan. He belonged to the American Legion. His interests were varied but always included carpentry and his ability as a handyman; he loved to fix things and a mere mention of something that was on the fritz, saw Elgar sneaking off to fix it before it could be unnecessarily replaced! Baseball was a favorite pastime, having played for the St. Benedict team in his younger years and an avid Minnesota Twins fan. His kind, gentle nature will be sorely missed by his loving family and friends.
Elgar is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Irene of New Prague; children, Cindy (John) Schmitz of New Prague, Darryl (Angela) Busch of Eden Prairie, Tim Busch of Chanhassen, Lisa (Doug) Bertram of Victoria, Mark Busch of Seattle, WA; grandchildren, Andy, Nickolas, Tony, & Lydia Schmitz, Elise & Derek Busch, & Brian & Alex Bertram; sister-in-law, Gladys Busch of New Prague. He is preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Wilbert, Lando, Harold, Edgar, & Oliver; sister, Pauline Krenik.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, April 23, 2021 at 11:30 AM at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church with his nephew, Father Tom Krenik officiating. Public may enter the church beginning at 11:10 AM; masks and social distancing will be required. Mass will be live-streamed on npcatholic.org. Military honors will be provided by the New Prague Veteran’s Honor Guard outside church after mass. Burial will occur Saturday, April 24th at 2:00 PM at St. Wenceslaus Cemetery..