Otis Busby

Otis "Buddy" Busby

June 19th, 1939 - October 24th, 2019
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Otis L. Busby, Jr., known to many as “Buddy,” passed away on Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 7:25 a.m. in Warsaw’s Kosciusko Community Hospital. He was 80 years old and a resident of Beaver Dam Lake.

Born on June 19, 1939, Buddy was the son of Otis Busby, Sr. and Evelyn (Blankenship) Busby. He was born in Richmond and was one of five Busby children. He was a graduate of Fountain City High School and later went on to earn a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Ball State University.

Professionally, Buddy was an educator, teaching social studies, physical education and health in his tenure. He was also a decorated coach who coached swimming, football, track and basketball. As a football coach he led the Greenfield Central Cougars to a state championship. His ability to instill team spirit and to teach the value of hard work earned him an induction to the Greenfield Central High School Athletic Hall of Fame.

Buddy was previously active in the Milton Masonic Lodge and Order of the Eastern Star where he was a past Worthy Patron. He was previously an active member of the Rochester Elks Lodge. He was a caring father, a consummate coach and he loved time spent at Beaver Dam Lake with his family. He was also an honorably discharged veteran of the United States Army.

On Jun 8, 1963, Otis “Buddy” Busby was united in marriage to Barbara Lynn Ingerman – she survives at home. Also surviving are three children: daughter, Lynn (Chris) Busby of Indianapolis, son, Sean Busby of Claypool and daughter, Heather (Chris) Busby of Charlotte, North Carolina; three grandsons: Gage, Cain, and Luke; granddaughter, Rian; brother, Doug (Joyce) Busby of Tennessee and sister, Nan Busby of Evansville. His parents and two brothers, Gary and David Busby preceded him in passing.

A Celebration of Life for Mr. Busby will be held at Greenfield Central High School Cafeteria on Sunday October 27, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. GCHS is located at 810 N. Broadway, Greenfield, Indiana 46140.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Beaver Dam Conservation Club in Buddy’s name. Checks can be made payable to Beaver Dam Conservation Club and mailed to 9422 S. Amanda Dr., Claypool, IN 46510.
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Posted at 07:58pm
So sorry for your loss. Thinking of you guys. Love Keith and Terry Y..
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Shawn McClarnon

Posted at 04:46pm
No man had a more profound impact on my life at a time when i needed it most, than Coach Busby.
He was the guy we played for, hustled for, sweat for.
I am forever indebted to Coach. Our prayers are with Mrs Busby and their family.
Shawn and Portia McClarnon, Chapel Hill, NC

Jerry (Saltsman) Garrett

Posted at 10:56pm
Mr. Busby was an inspiration as a teacher and coach. Having attended Ball State University myself, and earning a BS in 1969, MAE in 1981, and EdD in 1974, I am comforted knowing he got his Education there. I remember one time I played basketball in high school. I was back behind the backboard when Busby yelled, "Don't shoot Salty; don't shoot!" I took the shot any way, and much to my own surprise it went through. We got two points! To this day I wonder what he thought! At any rate, u still remember him overall, as a man of encouragement. It is hard to believe he is gone. At the same time I wonder where the time went.

Terry Randall

Posted at 12:01pm
Our thoughts and prayers to Barb and family . We will miss Buddy . May God , family and friends be with you today and the days to follow. Cris and Terry


Posted at 07:51am
To the family, my heartfelt condolences for your loss. Please find comfort in the knowledge that soon God will wipe out every tear from our eyes, and “death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things (will) have passed away.”(Rev. 21:3,4) May this promise give you comfort now and a real hope for the future. My deepest sympathies.

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