Dean E. Busenbark

Alger, Michigan
November 19, 1930 - July 21, 2017

Service Location

First United Methodist Church of West Branch


September 16, 2017 at 11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

Dean E. Busenbark, 86, passed away peacefully at home in Alger on July 21, 2017. He was born to James and Laura (Bennett) Busenbark in Detroit on November 19, 1930. Dean has lived in the Alger area since 1974, formerly of Livonia.

He served proudly for 8 years in the Michigan Army National Guard. He worked for Chrysler and Bohn Aluminum and Brass, before pursuing his dream of becoming an entrepreneur. He had a successful career as a General Contractor and owner of Dean’s Novi Lumber. Once he moved north, he became involved in local politics and spent many years as Horton Township Supervisor. He also worked as a property tax assessor, an instructor with the Ogemaw Heights building trades program, and a farmer. He enjoyed spending winters in Florida, collecting and restoring cars, and spending time with family and friends.

Dean is survived by his daughters, Sharon (Nick) Repar of Lafayette, LA, Ellen (Dale) Wiess of AuGres; son, Jim Busenbark of West Branch; grandchildren, Jill (Nick) Suppes, Megan Repar, Stephen Repar, Josh Busenbark, Hallie Busenbark, Danielle Wiess and Derek Wiess; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Emmalyn, and Ava Suppes; brothers-in-law, Bernard Pilon, Ed (Susi) Hobbins; sister-in-law, Cathy (Tom) Niemet and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife of 62 years, Margaret; his sister, Ruthann Busenbark, and his sister-in-law, Mary Pilon.

A memorial service will be held on September 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the First United Methodist Church in West Branch with Rev. Tim Dibble officiating. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the home health staff of District Health Department No. 2 and the staff of Compassus Hospice of West Branch for the care and compassion shown to Dean and his family. Memorial contributions may be made to the Ogemaw Commission on Aging. Online condolences may be offered to the family at


Memorial contributions may be made to the Ogemaw Commission on Aging


Ellen, Jim, Sharon and the rest of Dean's extended family. Ed and I are truly sorry for your loss. We so much enjoyed our chats with Dean when we would see him and will miss not having the opportunity again. He was definately one of a kind.
— Ed and Lori Allen

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