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Wayne Edward Busse

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Wayne Edward Busse died peacefully on April 25, 2014, at home in Mesa, Ariz.

Wayne was born in his mother's bed at 1813 23rd Street in Superior on June 6, 1924. After Howe Elementary and Pattison Junior High, he graduated from Central High School in 1942. Unable to join the Air Force or Navy, he opted for duty in the Merchant Marine. He graduated from Kings Point, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in June 1945 and went back to sea as a licensed Marine Engineer until the fall of 1947. Wayne then continued his educational pursuit at various schools until he received his B.S. degree. During these years, he held several jobs including machinist, butcher, drafting instructor, vacuum cleaner salesman, soda jerk, and truck driver. Also during that time he and his brother Norm founded Ready-Crete, Inc., a manufacturer of dry-mixed concrete where he worked as manager for the next five years before turning the business over to others.

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In spring of 1953, Wayne joined the Harnischfeger Corporation in Milwaukee, Wis., and over the next 16 years rose to the position of Personnel Director. During these years, he also opened an employment agency specializing in management recruiting.

In January of 1968, in order to return to his North Country roots where he and his family could have a lake home, he moved to Duluth as Director of Industrial Relations and Personnel for Jeno's Inc. After a year, he was offered the job of Personnel Director at the Duluth School District, and after two years was promoted to the position of Assistant Superintendent for Business Affairs, from which he retired in 1989.

In December of 1948, Wayne persuaded his high school sweetheart, Betty Rae Peterson, to marry him. They had two daughters, Christine Rae (William Merchant) and Jo Anne Hessen. Wayne and Betty had only one grandchild, Phoebe Rae Hessen, who became the light of their lives. Betty Rae died in July of 2002 at age 77. Wayne spent his retirement years living at Lake Minnesuing in the summer and in Mesa, Ariz. during the winter.

Memorials may be sent to the Shrine Children's Hospital via the Aad Shrine Temple in Duluth or El Zareba Shrine Temple in Phoenix, Ariz. No service is planned at this time.

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