July 21, 1921 - February 9, 2016


Funeral Services will be 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel in Sauk Rapids for Ervin G. Busacker, age 94, who passed away Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Sauk Rapids. Rev. Harvey Ehlers and Rev. Donald Wilke will officiate and burial will be at Trinity Lutheran Cemetery in Sauk Rapids. Visitation will be one hour prior to the services Tuesday at Good Shepherd Lutheran Home Chapel.

Ervin George Busacker died on February 9, 2016, at the age of 94. He was born July 21, 1921 in Long Prairie, MN to Herman and Jennie (Wasser) Busacker. He became a child of God through Holy Baptism on August 21, 1921 and later confirmed his faith at Trinity Lutheran Church, Long Prairie. Upon graduation from high school in 1940, Ervin served in the National Guard and was stationed on Treasure Island in San Francisco. He then returned to Long Prairie, taking over the 80-acre family farm. Ervin was married to Elnora Cluever on June 7, 1947. In 1966 the family moved to St. Cloud, where Ervin worked at Fingerhut Corporation until retirement in 1984. Once in St. Cloud, the family became members of Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, where Ervin was a faithful and active member. The Good Shepherd Apartments became their home in 2009. Ervin cherished his many friends at Good Shepherd, and was always ready to exchange fishing stories with his neighbors. He was an avid outdoorsman who was passionate about hunting and fishing. He would often proudly tell the tale of how he downed two deer with one shot.

Ervin was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Elnora, and sisters Wilma (Dinterman) and Viola (Peterson). He is survived by children Dale (Janel) of Lake Elmo, Neil (Roxane) of Rochester, Alan (Maureen) of Baxter, Carmen (Chuck) Smith of Colorado Springs, Colorado; Grandchildren Rev. Scott (Megan), Matthew (Amber), David (Rebecca), Kristin (Jordan), Christopher, Bridget, Carly (Cole), Cassie (Phil); Great-grandchildren Max, Avery.

Those who live in the Lord never see each other for the last time.

Memorials are preferred to Trinity Lutheran Church, Sauk Rapids, or Church of the Good Shepherd.