David Buysse

David Buysse



David Buysse

David C. Buysse, age 59, of Tracy passed away Sunday, November 6, 2011 surrounded by family at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD, after an extended illness with pulmonary fibrosis.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, November 11 at Tracy Lutheran Church.

Visitation is from 4:00-8:00 p.m. Thursday at the Tracy Area Funeral Home with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.  Visitation will continue one hour prior to services at the church on Friday.  Interment is in Tracy City Cemetery in Tracy.  Stephens Funeral Service – Tracy Area Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.


David C. Buysse was born December 11, 1951 in Marshall, MN to Cyril and Sophie (Labat) Buysse.  He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Tracy.  David graduated from Tracy High School in 1970.  He enlisted in the National Guard in 1971 and served for 20 years in the infantry in Tracy and later in artillery in Marshall.  On December 6, 1980 he was united in marriage to Susan Gibbons at Tracy United Methodist Church.  David lived in the Tracy area all his life spending a short time in Virginia while working for Schwan’s as a route man.  He worked for Centennial Homes from 1982-1985.  David also worked in maintenance at the Tracy and Marshall National Guard Armories from 1982-2002, for SMSU 2002-2006, and for Sanford Tracy Medical Center 2006-2011.  He was a member of the Tracy Fire Department, retiring after 20 years.  David was involved in scouting for 14 years taking over as Scoutmaster of Troop 31 for the last 3 years.  He was a longtime member of Tracy United Methodist Church.  David enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and watching TV.  He loved his grandchildren and spent hours playing with them, going to their activities, and picking the little ones up from daycare.  He also loved his blue Ford truck.  David had a great sense of humor and was also known as “Papa, Crapa, Buysseman, Butch, and Fluffy”.  He loved his best friend and soul mate Sue.
David is survived by his wife Sue of 30 years; children: Jennifer (Stacy) Varpness of Cottonwood, Troy Buysse of Moose Lake, Sara (Josh) Swenhaugen of Tracy, and Mark (Ashley) Buysse of Tracy; grandchildren: Casey Paulzine, Derek, Justin and Bridget Varpness, Madison Buysse, and Aidan and Brooke Swenhaugen; mother Sophie Buysse of Tracy; siblings: Kathleen (Ken) Garrett of Willmington, NC, Carole (Bill) Craig of Dassel, Dan (Deb) Buysse of Tracy, Bev (Myron) Kovash, of Livingston, MT, and Cheryl (Mike) Eischens of Minnetonka, mother-in-law Shirley Gibbons of Sgt. Bluff, IA, sister-in-law Sheila Gibbons of Boone, IA, brother-in-laws, Craig (Sherry) Gibbons of Ft. Dodge, IA and Randy (Jani) Gibbons of Worthing, SD; and many other relatives and friends.  He is preceded in death by his father Cyril, infant brother Roger, nephew Brian Buysse, father-in-law Ronald Gibbons, and brother-in-law David Gibbons.

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