David Samuel Bussard, a Harbor resident of almost 80 years passed-away on Thursday, December 27, 2012, in Centralia. He was 98. David was born December 11, 1914, in Tryon, Nebraska to Henry Clayton and Lucy Lucille (Prosie) Bussard. He grew up and attended school through the 8th grade in Nebraska.
David came to Washington as a young man during the dust bowl days of the 1930’s. He went to work in the timber industry and dairy farming. He went on to work at mills in McCleary, Hoquiam and Copalis crossing before retiring to Oakville.
David served in the Pacific Theatre with the Army Air Corps during World War II as an aircraft turret mechanic and belly gunner. He saw action in the Philippines, Korea and Okinawa. David married Margaret Mary May Snyder in McCleary on June 22, 1940. She preceded him in death in 2006.
He was a lifetime member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion, the Grange and the Oakville Methodist Church. David was an avid gardener. He enjoyed feeding wild birds, travel, fishing and tinkering with wood, metal and mechanical things. He was very active in the Oakville community and was instrumental in the development and placement of the Oakville cemetery sign.
David is survived by his son, Henry Leroy “Lee” (Mary) Bussard of Raymond and his daughter, Rita Marie (Michael Shaw) Bussard of Centralia. He is also survived by his brothers, Walter Hershel Bussard of Montesano and Homer Lee Bussard of Chehalis. In addition to his wife, Margaret, he is preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Stella Lucratia Bussard and her twin brother, Harland Victor Bussard; sister, Velma and brother, Ivan.
The family suggests memorial donations be made to the Oakville Food Bank. Graveside services with military honors will begin at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, January 4, 2013, at Masonic Cemetery in Elma.
Please visit and sign the online tribute to David at www.whitesidefamilymortuaries.com
Arrangements are entrusted to Whiteside Family Mortuary in Elma.