Donald “Don” Eugene Buska, 86, died April 29, 2014, at home, hours after returning from the Big Sky Honor Flight to see the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.
He and his wife, Mary Louise (Moore) Buska, had lived in Billings for 30 years, having formerly lived in Laurel and South St. Paul, Minn.
Mr. Buska was born Sept. 28, 1927, in South St. Paul to Vernon Avitus and Eltha Eleanor (Gill) Buska. He married on Nov. 29, 1947, at St. Augustine Church in South St. Paul.
Mr. Buska graduated from South St. Paul High School in June 1945 and was drafted into the Navy in December 1945. He served as seaman first class on a destroyer escort, the USS William Seiverling, and was honorably discharged in August 1946.
He was employed by Cenex in South St. Paul and Laurel for 46 years, retiring in 1991. He was scout leader of Troop 411 in Laurel; district chairman of the Many Waters District of Boy Scouts of America; and was at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Laurel.
He led Troop 411 on Absarokee Mountain Man Pack Trips and on three Charles E. Sommers Canoe Base Trips, and he attended two National Boy Scouts of America Jamborees as a leader. He was honored with the Scouting Silver Beaver Award and Catholic Scouters Bronze Pelican Award.
He was a member of the Yellowstone Woodturners of Billings and exhibited his work at MontanaFair.
Survivors include children, James S. Buska, William A. Buska, Thomas J. Buska, Jeffrey G. Buska, Donna E. Schmidt and Diane A. Connors; 14 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Steve Zabrocki will officiate at a private family gravesite ceremony. Interment will be in Yellowstone County Veterans Cemetery in Laurel. A social gathering in celebration of his life was held May 5 at St. Anthony Church Parish Hall in Laurel. Arrangements were in the care of Dahl Funeral Chapel.
Memorials may be sent to the Rocky Mountain Hospice or the Boy Scouts of America.