Thomas “Tom Cat” Charles Busack age 56 of Belview, formerly of Echo, passed away Monday, March 28, 2016 at Seasons Hospice. Funeral services will be at 11:00 a.m. Friday, April 1 at Peace Lutheran Church in Echo. Visitation is 5:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the church and will continue one hour prior to services on Friday. Burial is in the Redwood Falls Cemetery. Online condolences may be sent at www.stephensfuneralservice.com. Stephens Funeral Service – Redwood Valley Funeral Home in Redwood Falls is assisting the family with arrangements.
Thomas “Tom Cat” Charles Busack was born on January 31, 1960 at the Redwood Area Hospital in Redwood Falls, Minnesota to Robert and Ruth (Sward) Busack as their fourth and final son. Tom was baptized and confirmed in Christian faith at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Redwood Falls. He attended Redwood Falls public schools throughout his childhood to eventually graduate from Redwood Falls High School in 1978. Growing up, Tom enjoyed life on the farm, being active in both 4-H and FFA. He also found his competitive spirit as he was a part of many sports teams in both basketball and football, where he was recognized as an outstanding athlete. He continued his education and athletic career after high school, first attending the University of Minnesota Technical College – Waseca, then transferring to Mankato State University to complete his time as a student-athlete. He was grateful for the relationships he built during that time, and often talked about his most cherished trip to Germany and Holland with the hoop squad from Mankato.
Tom was an avid outdoorsman, as fishing and hunting became some of his favorite hobbies. He looked forward to taking annual fishing trips up north with many of his close friends. He was a member of Pheasants Forever and the Wood Lake Sportsman Club which inspired him to open the Minnesota Valley Hunting Preserve & Game Farm, where he co-operated and guided pheasant hunting expeditions. Thereafter, Tom helped his father farm until he eventually took over in 1990. On November, 19, 1990 he was joined together through marriage to Faye Kruse (Colwell) and this union was blessed with his only two children, Lisa and Michael. He loved coaching and supporting both Lisa and Michael’s youth basketball teams. He also enjoyed family trips, traveling across the country as he inspired Michael to pursue his own basketball career. He was extremely proud of his children and their accomplishments, and encouraged them to always follow their dreams. Additionally, Tom’s friends played an instrumental role in his life, and he strongly valued their time together.
Tom is survived by his children Lisa Busack (fiancé Austin Orren) and Michael Busack; brothers: Bradford (Diane) Busack, David (Julie) Busack, and Dean (Katy) Busack; many nieces and nephews; special friend Brian (Kristal) Danielson; and many other close friends. He is preceded in death by his grandparents and parents, Bob and Ruth. Blessed be his memory.