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Paul Norman Bussen

Funeral services for Paul “Norman” Bussen, Jr., 89, West Plains, Missouri, will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, May 25, 2018 at First United Methodist Church, under the direction of Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.


Mr. Bussen passed away at 11:45 p.m., Monday, May 21, 2018 at NHC Healthcare.


He was born September 24, 1928, at Richmond, Indiana, to Paul Norman Bussen, Sr., and Bessie Gifford Bussen.  On May 27, 1977, he was married at Hinckley, Illinois, to Carol Wilkening.  Mr. Bussen was Assistant Vice-President of Driv-Lok, Inc., in Sycamore, Illinois and retired in 1994.  He officiated sporting events for thirty-five years; he was active in playing sports in his younger years and an avid golfer in his retirement.  Mr. Bussen was a member of Lion’s Club and was a past district Governor and had also served on the West Plains Park Board and West Plains Country Club Board.  Mr. Bussen was a member of the First United Methodist Church where he was active in the choir, which brought him great joy.


He is survived by his wife, Carol Bussen; six children, Laurel Bevill and husband, Terry, William “Bill” Bussen and wife, Barbara, Robert Bussen and wife, Kathy, Cindy Hart, James “Jim” Bussen and wife, Brenda and Kyle Bussen and wife, Diana; two step-children, Don Larsen and wife, Rachael and Brenda Bussen and husband, Jim; nineteen grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one sister, Barbara Fellinger and husband, Bill; two brothers, Larry Bussen and Ronald Bussen and wife, Marilyn; and several nieces and nephews.


His parents preceded him in death.


Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m., Thursday, at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home.  Burial will be in the Howell Memorial Park Cemetery.  Memorial contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church Chancel Choir or West Plains Lion’s Club and may be left at Robertson-Drago Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed at