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Patricia K. Busch

(Wawokiya Win)

Patricia Kay Manni Wood Busch, daughter of Herscel (Joe) and Ruth Wood was born at home at 702 E. 20th St. in Sioux Falls, SD August 17, l942, the longest baby the dr. had ever delivered (24”).

She attended Lowell grade school in Sioux Falls until the 4th grade when the family moved to Hills, MN where she attended school for 5 years. They moved to Coalville, UT for one year and then moved to Huron, SD where she graduated in l960. She worked at Lewis Drug in high school and then as a teller at NW Security Bank also doing some painting for Knutson’s signs.

In l962 she married Galen E. Busch and moved to Brookings where she worked as a secretary at SDSU for 4 years while Galen attended school. They then moved to Huron for a year where she worked at the National Bank and then moved to Mission, SD where Galen became an educator and coach. They left for one year in l972 going to Vermillion and then moved back to Mission.

Patti stayed home for several years to raise her family which included two sons and four daughters. She also cared for many other children during those years and later took classes at Sinte Gleska University where she received a degree in business with an accounting emphasis.

She went to work part-time in l982 as a bookkeeper for Todd County Commissioners, then in l983 took a full-time position as finance officer at Sinte Gleska University. She was asked to take the position as Mission city finance officer in l989 and worked there until l998 when she went to work for Sicangu Owayawa Oti (Rosebud Dormitory) as business manager and as Acting Director for a few months a couple different times. She retired in 2015 and went back to help for a few months in 2018. She also taught an accounting class at Sinte Gleska University.

She was also involved in civic and church affairs, serving in the past as President of the Chamber of Commerce and currently Secretary/Treasurer, board member for the American Cancer Society, board member and secretary for South Central Enterprise Facilitation, and Todd County Child Protection Team Vice-Chair for several years. She joined the local Habitat for Humanity in 2014 and served as treasurer. She was active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, holding various local and district positions in the Relief Society, Primary and Seminary. She was a Sunday School teacher for years and loved the children. She currently was teaching an on-line class for teenagers in the church and was serving as the Rosebud Relief Society President.

In October of 2013 she was honored at her workplace, Sicangu Owayawa Oti, at their annual wacipi by being given an Indian name -- Wawokiya Win (she who helps others). She always felt very close to all of the Native Americans she lived and worked with for so many years.

The love of life was her family. She loved her children and grandchildren and the many children she worked with at the dormitory and those at church. She made most all of the grandkids birthday cakes every year decorating them as they put in their order. She loved watching them participate in athletic events, rodeos, musical and artistic events as well. For years she kept the volleyball books for her husband when he was coaching.

Preceding her in death was her husband, Galen Busch; parents, Joe H. and Ruth B. Wood; a sister, Launa Blonquist; her in-laws, Ike and Gerry Busch; four brothers-inlaw: Richard Blonquist, Dr. Robert Kundel, Roger Ball, and Dennis Busch; one sister-in-law, Judith Welch; nephew, Steven Christman and niece, Pepper Blonquist.

She is survived by children: Colin Busch (Wanda) of Kamas, UT; Kevin Busch (Totes) of Mission, SD; Nicole (Jim) Simko of Lake Point, UT; Kendra (Shannon) Fernen of Mission, SD; Marci (Jeremy) Stevens of St. Lawrence, SD; and Mandi (Todd) Loughran of Valentine. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Bobbi Busch, Sunni Busch, Logan (Kyla) Fernen, Chloe Fernen, Josi, Layni, Clay, and Avery Stevens, Alli Jo Loughran and Nadene Isom; and five greatgrandchildren: Kenyon, Kendrick, and Aubrielle Easter and Landon and Haydn Fernen. Also surviving her are siblings: Dona Ball of West Jordan UT; Joe Wood (LeAnn) of Odessa, TX; Jon Wood (Shirley) of Morrison, CO; Kathi Kundel of Chamberlain, SD; Michell Wood (Chris Clark) of Hamptonville, NC; and sisters-in-law: Maggie Busch of Mendon, VT and Kathleen (Harold) Schultz of Yorkville, IL; an aunt, Rosemary Haber (MN) along with several nieces and nephews and Hunka sister, Nancy Keller-Hernandez.

Wake Services were held Sunday evening, June 9 and Funeral Services 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 10 at the SGU Multipurpose Building in Mission. Interment followed at Memory Garden southwest of Mission, SD. Holmes Funeral Home of Valentine was entrusted with the arrangements.

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