John "Jack" Arlen Buschelman


July 14, 1936 - February 20, 2016


John (Jack) Arlen Buschelman was born on July 14, 1936 to Alfred and Wanda (Sawatzke) Buschelman on the family farm in Crofton, NE.  He died on February 20, 2016, at the age of 79.  Growing up on the family farm gave him a strong work ethic.  In 1955, he graduated from Crofton High School.  

He entered the United States Army and served in Korea.  Typical of his service to others, he volunteered at a local orphanage when off-duty.

After his return from Korea, he met the love of his life on a blind date.  He married Jean Marie Mueller on January 19, 1962.  They were married 54 years.  Jack and Jean had two children and two grandchildren to complete his family.

In 1979, he and two partners created the well-known business, Business Products Inc. and ran it successfully for 30 years.

Jack was fun-loving, humorous, and witty.  Always active, his many interests included fishing, hunting, model trains, puzzles, photography and flying his remote-control airplane.  He rarely left his house without his camera and remote-control plane.  He was in daily contact with his sisters and brothers through internet communication.  He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church.  He was an enthusiastic community volunteer and was a past president of the Mitchell Exchange Club. 

With a spirit of adventure, he and Jean took memorable trips to Europe, traveling through the United States, and driving the AlCan Highway.  Taking family, including his grandchildren on an Alaskan Cruise was a recent highlight.

He is survived by his wife, Jean; two children:  Denese (Chuck) Keener of Fairfield, OH, and Todd Buschelman of Lakeside, CA; two grandchildren: Lucas and Marie Keener; a brother, Dick (Norma) Buschelman, Omaha NE and three sisters:  Alyce (Hank) VanKirk, Winona, MN, Lou McCabe, Columbus, TX and Linda (Paul) Gerber, Plano, TX.   He was preceded in death by his parents.


Thursday, February 25, 2016
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Friday, February 26, 2016
11:00 AM
Trinity Lutheran Church
1400 East 2nd Avenue
Mitchell, South Dakota


Crofton City Cemetery
Crofton, Nebraska

Posted by Jean and Tom Hajek on February 24, 2016
We have wonderful memories! We enjoyed stopping to see Jack and Jean in Mitchell even spent a snowy night when our daughter Kelli was little we laughed for years about that stay! Great man our sympathy Jean and family!
Posted by Peggy (Snow) (Phillips) Hofmeister on February 23, 2016
It was a shock to see Jack's name in the paper today! I have very fond memories of our working years together at Brower's (later BPI). He helped make it a fun working environment and I know his customers had great respect and admiration for him as well. I wish I could have seen him one more time. My sincere sympathies to Jean and to your family.
Posted by Judi Weber Voecks on February 23, 2016
So sorry to hear of Jack's passing. Will always remember him as a I knew him in our younger days. A great fun loving guy from a great family. Our sympathies to his family.
Posted by Laverta Mauch on February 23, 2016
Jack was always the life of the party and will be missed. It was so nice when he put the booklet together for our 35th class reunion. May God bless the whole with the strength to deal with the loss...
Posted by Myron George Nohava on February 23, 2016
I will always remember the good times at the Tyndall Lanes with Jack and my dad.God bless Jean and family
Posted by Shirley L. Sawatzke on February 23, 2016
I will miss you just popping in to visit a bit when you were in Crofton. Your parents just living up the end o f block , I remember you as always with a smile and good nature. Remember the good days Jean. Thinking of you also and the sisters and brother Dick with my Sympathy AuntShirley
Posted by Mark Gerber on February 23, 2016
Absolutely loved being around Jack as he always brought an energy and happiness to people around him. He was was a great mentor and tough competitor in Sheepshead and I will always cherish the days of Hunting and shooting skeet with him. You will be missed Jack- God Bless You!
Posted by Rita Sommer on February 23, 2016
Although I didn't get to meet Jack I have heard so many wonderful things about him from my friend and his sister Lou. I will keep Jean and his family in my prayers.
Posted by Paul Gerber on February 22, 2016
Jack was a great brother-in-law. We had many fireside chats about everything from kids and grandkids to the best investments to make. He also taught me most everything I know about turkey hunting and sheephead and the back roads of Santee.
Posted by Diane Moke Lawrence on February 22, 2016
My heart broke when I heard of Jack's passing..I so enjoyed coffee at Culvers with Jack and Jean and being his misbehaving sidekick in church choir. Fond memories for sure. Love to Jean...Blessings
Posted by Cheryl Routh on February 22, 2016
Jack was a very special man with a kind heart,a big smile and the ability to spread joy to others. He was a special cousin to me and I will miss him. Love to his family.
Posted by Dan Mueller on February 22, 2016
Jack is my cousin via his wife Jean. Always a very fun, exuberant, happy person. I remember the many times he stopped to visit with my mother when her health was in decline. He will be missed from our family gatherings. Blessings to all in this wonderful family.
Posted by Rollie and Ella Loon & Family on February 21, 2016
We are so sorry to learn of Jack's passing. Our hearts are heavy with this sad news. Unfortunately we are out of stat so will not be at the funeral. We have you in our prayers and will never forget the great person man Jack was. Good camping memories.God's Blessings.
Posted by Milton & Lovella Schrader on February 21, 2016
Jack was a very kind neighbor to Lovella’s sisters and helped them whenever he could. He will be missed. We extend our sympathy to his family.
Sign John "Jack" Arlen Buschelman's Guestbook
Your Name