|5/13/2020 10:45:00 AM|
Mark Bussa, 66, of Colorado Springs, Colo., formerly of Windom, died April 25, 2020, in Colorado Springs.
A celebration of life service was May 1 at Evergreen Cemetery in Colorado Springs with Pastor Matt Patterson officiating.
Pallbearers were Travis Bussa, Bryce Bussa, Roy Taggart, Eric Isola, Taylor Bussa and Kristian Taggart.
Mark Alan Bussa was born July 31, 1953, to Alvin E. and Maxine A. (Sisson) Bussa in Estherville, Iowa. He and his family lived in Armstrong, Iowa, Marshall, Minn., and Buffalo Center, Iowa, before moving to Windom when Mark was in eighth grade.
He graduated from Windom Area High School in 1971 after being involved in the school choir, holding lead roles in school plays and playing football. He also was involved in choir and youth group at his church.
He attended Bethel College and played football under his high school coach, Chub Reynolds.
In 1972, Mark and his wife Linda were married after they started dating their senior year in high school.
They lived in St. Paul, where he attended the University of Minnesota and worked with special needs youth.
They moved to Storm Lake, Iowa, where Mark worked for ServiceMaster. He bought his own franchise in Worthington, working in sales and production. Their four children also were born in Worthington.
After 10 years in Worthington, they moved to Sioux Falls in 1984, where he bought two ServiceMaster franchises.
In 1999, Mark and Linda moved to Colorado Springs, Colo., where he worked for Comprehensive Painting, as a salesman for Terminex and started his own handyman business. He also worked with The London Group and others.
In late March, Mark was infected with COVID-19. He was sick at home for 12 days before going to the hospital where he was treated in the intensive care unit for respiratory failure. After 18 days, he suffered heart failure.
Mark served his church throughout his life - as a deacon, usher, Awana leader and senior high youth leader. He also sang duets with his wife in church and for weddings and was on the worship team for which he sang and played guitar.
Mark will be remembered as a people person and a hard worker.
He enjoyed his family, attending his children and grandchildren's activities and riding his motorcycle. He and Linda also enjoyed camping, fishing, biking and kayaking together.
He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin; and grandchildren: Faith, Brycen, Jackson and Nehemiah.
Survivors include his wife of 47 years, Linda of Colorado Springs; four children: Travis (Susan) Bussa of Brandon, S.D.; Alicia (Roy) Taggart of Liberty Hill, Texas; Bryce Bussa and Carrie (Eric) Isola, all of Colorado Springs; 12 grandchildren; his mother, Maxine Bussa of Windom; and three brothers: Brad (Linda) Bussa, Paul (LaShawn) Bussa and Jonathan (Sherry) Nelson.