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John "Doc" Busch

John "Doc" Busch passed away on July 25, 2010. Funeral services will be held at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Chokio, on Thursday July 29. Memorial Service held Wednesday, July 28. Military Rites will be provided by the Morris VFW and Chokio American Legion.

John or "Doc" lived in Stevens County his entire life. He was the youngest child born to Bernard and Bertha (Milkey) Busch. John graduated from Alberta High School in 1931, attended the West Central School of Agriculture, Morris and studied pre-veterinary medicine at St. John's University.

In 1942 Doc entered the United States Army, 124th Cavalry Regiment. At the end of WWII, he was separated from the United States Army as a First Lieutenant.

Returning home John attended Iowa State University and in 1947 entered the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Minnesota. John had the distinction of being a member of the first graduating class of Veterinary Medicine.

John married Helen (the love of his life) in August of 1949. Together they had six children.

In 1951 John moved to Chokio to begin his veterinary practice. He traveled the countryside with his equipment in his car while Helen managed the office. In 1963 John purchased a two-way radio and a state-of-the-art climate controlled mobile clinic.

Milestone firsts: He was the only licensed Chokio veterinarian, he owned mobile clinic, he supervised confinement pig barn and treated carbon monoxide poisoning in a dairy herd in Stevens County. He retired in August 1989.

John was active in the community. He was proud to be a 50 year member of the fire department.

His favorite pastimes were hunting, fishing, driving John Deere tractor, dancing, traveling. Grandpa enjoyed playing cribbage and Tic with the grandkids.

John was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Henry, Joe, Larry, sister Agnes and grandchildren Whitnee and Peter.

John is survived by Helen; sons Michael (Joyce) Plymouth, Thomas (Sandra) Owatonna, Steven (Robin) Lake Park, David (Amy) Chanhassen; daughters Barbara (Tom) Braatz St. Cloud, Sheila (Russ) Winkels Perham. Grandchildren: Erik (Katie), Kendra, Aaron and Matthew Busch: Sara and Zachary Braatz, Nicholas, Benjamin and Johanna Winkels, Noah and Kate Busch and Cody (Sheree) Eilertson. Great grandchildren Talon and Henry Busch, Alexandra and Aiden Eilertson, many nieces and nephews.

Pallbearers are the grandchildren. Memorials preferred to Stevens County Historical Society, Chokio Fire Department, Chokio First Responders, and Courage Cottage in Morris, MN.

Pedersen Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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