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David Arthur Bussard

Born: August 10, 1947
Died: September 15, 2015

David Arthur Bussard was born on August 10, 1947 to Arthur Bussard and Gladys (Getman) Bussard in Guthrie, OK. David passed from this life on September 15, 2015 at his home in Orlando, OK at the age of 68 years 1 month and 5 days.

David was raised on numerous farms until moving into the town of Mulhall at the age of 15. David attended St. Mary’s Catholic School in Guthrie until the 7th grade and then he moved to Mulhall High School and graduated as a Mulhall Pirate in 1967. He then attended Okmulgee Technical School and gained a degree in carpentry. David went on to serve in the Army for 3 years where he did two tours in the Vietnam War and served as a Water Purification Specialist achieving the rank of Sergeant.

After serving in the Army, David married Ann Gambill and to this union 4 children were added; Bill, Stephanie, Sarah, and Shanna. David worked for OPUBCO before leaving there and working at the Mulhall COOP. In 1995 David married Linda Cyphers Russell and took on 3 children; Jennifer, Aaron, and Jacob. David became a father of 7 at this moment.

After David left the COOP he began to do what he loved most and became a handy man and made many works of brilliant craftsmanship through his carpentry. David also spent a lot of time chopping and selling firewood to many people in the Mulhall-Orlando community. For many years David mowed and maintained several of the local cemeteries. He took much pride in the way the cemeteries looked for funerals and holidays. Through all these things David loved spending time with his family, especially his grandkids.

David was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers Dennis Bussard and Carl Bussard and a sister Kathy Gallaway.

Those left to keep David’s memories alive are his 7 children; 3 sons Bill Nelson and wife Christa of Enid, OK; Aaron Russell of Oklahoma City, OK; Jacob Russell and wife Amber of Arnett, OK; 4 daughters Stephanie Orner and husband Jonathan of Guthrie, OK; Sarah Pressgrove and husband Tom of Orlando, OK; Shanna Shoulders of Orlando, OK; and Jennifer Rojas and husband Louis of Perry, OK. 2 Sisters Karen Willoby and husband John of Eufaula, OK; and Debbie Clark and husband Stan of Guthrie, OK; one brother Arthur “JR” Bussard of Eufaula, OK; 29 Grandchildren, 2 Great-Grandchildren, many nieces and nephews and other family and a host of friends.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, September 17, 2015 at St. Mary Catholic Church with Father James Wickersham officiating. Interment will follow at Roselawn Cemetery in Mulhall. Services are under the direction of Smith-Gallo Funeral Home, Guthrie.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Friends may sign the online guestbook at www.smithgallo.com

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