Gerald G. Buesgens, age 87 of rural Belle Plaine, died at his home on Thursday, morning,
February 20, 2014. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, 10:30 a.m, February
25, 2014 at Our Lady of the Prairie Catholic Church in Belle Plaine, MN. Visitation will
be at the Kolden Funeral Home in Belle Plaine on Monday, February 24, from 4-8 p.m.
Family prayer service, 3:45 p.m. on Monday at the funeral home and Veteran’s Service at
the funeral home on Monday, 7:30 p.m. Visitation will continue the morning of the Mass
at the church from 9:30 a.m. ~ 10:30 a.m. Interment with Military Honors at Sacred
Heart Cemetery in Belle Plaine, MN.
Gerald was born on September 9, 1926 in Sibley County to William and Crescentia
(Schug) Buesgens. He attended rural country schools north of Belle Plaine. He served
in the United States Army during World War II. After returning home he married Helen
Savage on November 5, 1946 at Sacred Heart Church in Belle Plaine. The couple lived
in Hopkins for a short time after they were married where Gerald worked for Minneapolis
Moline Tractor Manufacturing. They moved to Jordan, MN where he hauled milk and
various other jobs. Later they moved to the farm near Belle Plaine, MN. Gerald spent
most of his working career, 26 years, at the Anchor Glass Company near Shakopee, MN,
retiring in 1992. Following his retirement, Gerald stayed busy farming & maintaining
equipment. He enjoyed working on his antique tractors and reading,
He is survived by his children, Geri Higdon of Belle Plaine, MN; Larry Buesgens of Two
Sharon (Steve) Overson of Gaylord, MN; Richard (Anne) Buesgens of Henderson, MN;
Terry (Lisa) Buesgens of Belle Plaine, MN; Cheryl (Jeff) Hanson of Belle Plaine, MN;
Jean Ann Oglesby of Belle Plaine, MN; David Buesgens of Colorado; Pam Tilleman of
Colorado; John (Tonya) Buesgens of Colorado; Paul (special friend, Jen) Buesgens of
Arlington, MN & Shawn Buesgens of Arlington, MN.
30 Grandchildren, 49 Great-Grandchildren.
Siblings: Merlyn Buesgens of Montgomery; Bill Buesgens of Jordan, MN; Elaine
Hennen of Jordan, MN &
Shirley (Clete) Von Bank of Marshall, MN.
Sisters-in-Law; Myrtle Buesgens of Norwood/Young America, MN, Sandy Buesgens of
Shakopee, MN & Rene Buesgens of Burnsville, MN. Brother-in-Law & Sister-in-Law;
Pat & Rita Savage.
Faithful companion, his dog, Zeke.
He is preceded in death by his wife, Helen, Parents; Son, Darrell; Grandson, Shawn
Buesgens; Brothers, Elroy & Jim; Sisters; Gladys O’Day, Harriet Schmitt & Jeanette
Hagemeyer; Daughter-in-Law, Theresa Buesgens; Sons-in-Law; Dave Smith & Tom