|Birth: ||Nov. 29, 1920|
|Death: ||Feb. 9, 2003|
Ralph Farrington Bustard 82 of St, Joseph died Sunday Feb. 9, 2003 at Savannah, MO Health Center.
Mr. Bustard was born Saturday Nov 29, 1920 in Lansdale, PA. to Wellington R. & Mary C ( Farrington ) Bustard.
Mr. Bustards education it is not clear as to which schools he attended & when.
Between 1938 & 1942 it was told to contributor that Mr. Bustard worked with his father farming.
( This time has been confirmed by both
Anna Jean Bustard ( 28 December 2007 )
& Mr. Bustard's ex wife.
Date of Enlistment : 15 August 1942
Place of Enlistment : Allentown, PA
Place of Entry : Norristown, PA
Branch of Service : Army
Rank : Private First class
The following medals was awarded :
1. Honorable Service Lapel
2. World War Victory Medal
3. Combat Infantry Badge
4. Bronze Star
5. Good Conduct Medal
While in the Military Mr. Bustard served in Rhineland & Central Europe as a Rifleman.
It has been reported to contributor that
Mr. Bustard served under General Patton.
It was reported to Mr. Brown that Mr. Bustard had indeed been over seas & seen first hand combat. ( This is confirmed due to the fact Mr. Bustard received a Combat Infantry Badge & Bronze Star )
Note : Sometime between 08 November 1944 & 18 November 1945 Mr. Bustard was promoted from Private to Private First Class
Mr. Bustard married his first wife Nov. 8, 1944 in Kansas City, KS. During this marriage they had one daughter.
Date of Discharge : 18 November 1945.
Place of Discharge : Camp Swift, Texas
In World War II the 23rd Infantry as part of the 2nd Infantry Division came ashore on Omaha Beach on D+1 June 7, 1944.
Mr. Bustard is a Honoree on the World War II Memorial in Washington D.C.
Occupation after the war
Date of Hired : September 1946
Place of Hire : General Motors / Fairfax Plant/ Kansas City, Kansas
The original Fairfax assembly plant was located next to Fairfax Airport which was the former location of the North American Bomber Production Plant where the B-25 Mitchell was manufactured during World War II.
After the war GM purchased the building and converted it to automobile assembly. In 1952 alongside car production the plant produced F-84F jet powered fighters.
Mr. Bustard divorced his first wife April 3, 1968
Between 1968 to 1970 of his life there is no information available to contributor
Date of Retirement : October 1976 after 30 years of service.
Place of Retirement :
General Motors / Fairfax Plant/ Kansas City, Kansas.
Mr. Bustard lived for 30 years in the St. Joseph, MO area.
Mr. Bustard was a member of the Caring First Church, Mason A.F.& A.M. in Kansas City, MO.
Mr. Bustard is proceeded in death by parents, Wellington & Mary Bustard; two brothers; George & Charlie Bustard.
Mr. Bustard was married to his second wife on Dec 25, 1970 in St. Joseph, MO. She survives the home.
Mr. Bustard is survived by one step-son & wife of St. Joseph, MO; one daughter & husband of De Soto, KS; one step-daughter and husband of Fillmore, MO; two step-daughters & husbands, and a step-son & wife of St. Joseph, MO; a sister of Lansdale, PA.; 14 grand children & 11 great-grandchildren.
The above information was provided by family member & former Find A Grave member
Wellington R. Bustard (1886 - 1952)
Mary Cassel Farrington Bustard (1890 - 1975)
Loretta Aline Wyant Bustard (1932 - 2014)*
George W Bustard (1918 - 1980)*
Ralph Farrington Bustard (1920 - 2003)
Anna Jean Bustard (1922 - 2008)*
Charles R. Bustard (1924 - 1997)*
Maintained by: Member #47614207
Originally Created by: Kelly
Record added: Aug 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 75378918