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 Jerome Sylvester “Pete” Bussen

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Jerome Sylvester “Pete” Bussen

Birth
Wallace County, Kansas, USA
Death
11 Jun 2015 (aged 88)
Burial
Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas, USA
Memorial ID
147851220 View Source

Jerome Sylvester “Pete” Bussen was born April 9, 1927, at Wallace, Kansas, the son and sixth child of Barbara (Fueser) and Theodore J. Bussen. His father was the manager of the grain elevator at Wallace. The family later moved to a farm just over into Logan County, Kansas, and Pete attended Gill School in Logan County through the eighth grade.

Pete served in the United States Army from September 25, 1945 through January 31, 1947, and was stationed in Korea. Following his service, he returned to Wallace County to farm. He married Mary Lamontte and they were the parents of a daughter, Marissa. Pete and Mary were later divorced.

Pete was a member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Sharon Springs. In addition to farming and ranching, archeology and paleontology were serious avocations that Pete enjoyed. His lifelong collections of Native American artifacts were donated to the University of Kansas, and much of his paleontology collection was donated to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas. Major specimens are also in the collections of the University of Kansas, New Jersey State Museum and the Cincinnati Museum Center. One specimen of a new fossil fish he collected from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Logan County was named in his honor – 'Apateodus busseni.'

For many years, Pete served as a volunteer at the Fort Wallace Museum, Wallace, Kansas, where many of his archeological and paleontological specimens are currently on display.

Jerome Sylvester “Pete” Bussen was born April 9, 1927, at Wallace, Kansas, the son and sixth child of Barbara (Fueser) and Theodore J. Bussen. His father was the manager of the grain elevator at Wallace. The family later moved to a farm just over into Logan County, Kansas, and Pete attended Gill School in Logan County through the eighth grade.

Pete served in the United States Army from September 25, 1945 through January 31, 1947, and was stationed in Korea. Following his service, he returned to Wallace County to farm. He married Mary Lamontte and they were the parents of a daughter, Marissa. Pete and Mary were later divorced.

Pete was a member of the Holy Ghost Catholic Church and Knights of Columbus in Sharon Springs. In addition to farming and ranching, archeology and paleontology were serious avocations that Pete enjoyed. His lifelong collections of Native American artifacts were donated to the University of Kansas, and much of his paleontology collection was donated to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas. Major specimens are also in the collections of the University of Kansas, New Jersey State Museum and the Cincinnati Museum Center. One specimen of a new fossil fish he collected from the Smoky Hill Chalk of Logan County was named in his honor – 'Apateodus busseni.'

For many years, Pete served as a volunteer at the Fort Wallace Museum, Wallace, Kansas, where many of his archeological and paleontological specimens are currently on display.


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