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Gerhardt Busche

Feb. 24, 1927-Sept. 2, 2008

Former Dilworth resident Gerhardt Busche 81, of Detroit Lakes, died Tuesday, September 2, 2008 in Detroit Lakes.

Gerhardt was born to Louis and Amanda (Wagner) Busche on Feb. 24, 1927, on the family farm near Litchville. He grew up and attended school in that area. Gerhardt married Verna May Eggert in Detroit Lakes on July 19, 1948. They lived in Dumont, Minn., until 1955 when they moved to Fargo.

Gerhardt worked for Armour and Company in West Fargo for 13 years. In 1966, he and Verna bought a farm near Detroit Lakes, where they farmed and raised cattle for seven years. They then lived in Las Vegas and California before returning to Minnesota, where they made their home on Lake 6. They subsequently moved to Dilworth, where they lived for seven years. Verna passed away in 2006. Gerhardt had been living in Detroit Lakes since that time.

Surviving Gerhardt are his children, Sandra Smith of Lincoln, Minn., Danny Busche of Detroit Lakes, Diane (Warren) Woytassek of Detroit Lakes and Steven (Mindy) Busche of Fargo; 17 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; one brother, Ben Busche of Litchville, N.D.; and one sister, Lillie Vanderbusche, also of Litchville.

Preceding Gerhardt in death were his wife, Verna; son, Larry; and a great grandchild.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 5 at the Boulger Funeral Home in Fargo; there will be visitation for one hour prior to the start of services. Burial will take place at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, at Griswold Cemetery in Litchville, N.D.

Arrangements were entrusted to Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo. An online guestbook is available at