Joseph Busovsky was a hard worker who would do anything for someone he cared about, his granddaughter Melissa Busovsky-McNeal said.
“He was very stubborn and independent,” she said. “He loved to talk. He could spin a story about his past such that even in his 80's, he could hold a group of jaded single 20-something women in New York City enthralled. It was such a joy to talk with him about anything.”
Busovsky, 89, of Lowell, was passionate about Purdue football and basketball, being a Marine and about his family, which extended to his church and neighbors. He was exceedingly proud of the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
Sgt. Busovsky proudly served in the Pacific theatre of operations during World War II.
“He was one of those guys who everyone liked, who would always help you out, who made being away from your family and fighting a war a little less horrible,” Busovsky-McNeal said.
Connected to his Slovak roots, faith was extremely important to Busovsky, a lifetime member of the Lutheran church. He met his late wife of 42 years, Pauline, at a Slovak church they both attended when a minister introduced them.
Busovsky always sat at the head of the table holding court and teasing the children.
Busovsky-McNeal said her grandfather taught her how to grill, to love classical music and the sound of a hammered dulcimer, Slovak customs and to always make time for those you care about.
Granddaughter Monica Busovsky-Garcia said she misses his phone calls.
“He would call me when he saw something in the paper or on TV that he thought I might like,” Busovsky-Garcia said. “I miss getting mail from him and also miss talking with him about his life. He would share stories about his childhood, life in the marines, and being a young newlywed. I feel like there are many more stories that I will never have the chance to hear.”