Walter Herbert Busch of Ballwin, MO, passed away on Nov. 14, 2020. Born Nov. 3, 1926, Wally is the son of Walter August Busch and his wife, Katherine “Rose” Lahm. Wally graduated Salem Lutheran Grade School in Affton and Bayless High School. He was playing baseball at Valparaiso University when called up for military service. Shipping out to the Philippines in 1945, PFC 1st Class Wally Busch served on Leyte, Luzon, and Palawan until after war’s end.
Being the salesman that he was (at least three people were introduced to their future spouses by him), he hit his stride when he got a sales job at St. Louis Lithographing. After St Louis Lithographing was sold to Pet, Inc, he became president of their specialty graphics division, which included St. Louis Litho and McGrew Color Graphics of Kansas City, MO. He enjoyed golf, bridge, sometimes fishing, and while a fan of all St. Louis teams, he particularly loved the Cardinals. In the 1960s, he was honored by the Governor of Kentucky and made a Kentucky Colonel. He was also a long-time member and past commander of the Creve Coeur American Legion Post 397. A lifelong Lutheran, he was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church in Sappington at the time of his passing.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years Dorothy nee Besch; three sons, Walter Erich (Sandy Walther), David (Xuan) and Daniel; four step sons, Robert, Daniel, Richard, and Gary Barden; one grandson, Nicholas Trankler; two great grandchildren, Preslie Bauer and Charlee Trankler; along with several step-grandchildren, Ryan, Ashleigh, and Merril Barden, Makayla and Haley Frick, and the late Tarah Barden; dear great-grandfather, brother-in-law, uncle, great uncle, cousin and friend.
Burial taking place at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.