James Busse

Memorial services for James E. Busse, 66, of Perry, KS, will be held at 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 17, 2012 at Warren-McElwain Mortuary.  Mr. Busse died Thursday, April 12, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he had been transported for emergency treatment of a previously undetected medical condition.
Jim was born September 27, 1945 in Harrisonville, MO, the son of James D. and Irene Virgina (Larkins) Busse.  He was later the adult stepson of Ernest Korb of Tonganoxie, KS. Jim was a lifelong resident of the Lawrence area, and attended Lawrence public schools from kindergarten through KU. 

Survivors include his wife, Megan Gannon; children, Erica Farmer and her husband, Marc Whitacre, Havre, MT; Robert Busse and his wife Sarah Busse, Lawrence, KS, and Bond Martin Lebanon, MO; eight grandchildren, Grant, Marc, Victor, Jamie, Matthew, Emmy, Corwin, and Rachel; one sister, Mary E. Wadley, Hotchkiss, CO

Photography was a major passion in Jim’s life, and he was an award-winning photographer from a young age. Taking pictures was an important part of his career, from his military service with the U.S. Army during the Viet Nam conflict to assisting with the publication of books and magazines (including a cover photo for Nature). At the time of his death, Jim was continuing to combine photography with other skills as a graphic technician with the KU Center for Environmentally Beneficial Catalysis.

One of Jim’s friends has described him as “a genius who loved the way the universe is interconnected in a way most of us don’t comprehend. Jim was always sharp, good-natured, and detail-oriented, whether he was creating something complex or just changing a car tire. The world was a better place because he was here.”

Memorial contributions may be made to the “James E. Busse Memorial Fund,” care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


22 Condolences

  1. Greg Brungardt on April 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    Megan, Erica & Robert,
    I am so sad to hear of your loss. Jim was truly one of a kind, and I will miss him very much.

    Sorry we weren’t able to talk in the last few years.

    All my love.


  2. Harry Morgan on April 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    Jim was a genius who loved the way the universe is interconnected in a way most of us don’t comprehend. He was a great friend from my high school, college years and after the Vietnam war. Jim was always sharp, good natured and detail oriented whether he was creating something complex or just changing a car tire. Though we had not been in contact for years I thought of Jim often and knew the world was a better place because he was here. I will miss him. I am sorry for your loss. Harry

  3. Kevin and Deb Boatright on April 13, 2012 at 11:34 am

    We are sorry for your loss and we share in your sadness at the passing of a father and husband who was such fun and so talented. I know all your colleagues and friends at KU and the KU Center for Research are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.

  4. Barbara Michener on April 13, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    Jim felt like family to me, even when he was no longer related to us. I remember him as a lanky teenager, and a wise genial grandfather. He leaves a warm feeling behind.

  5. Carla & Steve Ramirez on April 13, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    Megan: You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. We send our deepest condolences to all of you. Jim will be missed by all who knew and worked with him. Carla

  6. Lisa LaBlanc-Willis on April 13, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Megan – I am so sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace.

  7. Donna E. Fannin on April 13, 2012 at 8:14 pm

    So Sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you at this most difficult time.
    Dorothy(Sawmill) Fannin

  8. Steven Warren on April 14, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    Megan, I so sorry about Jim’s death. I knew him just a little from his work at CEBC. It was clear he had a remarkable skill with a camera. Such a shock. Hang in there.


  9. John Moore on April 15, 2012 at 1:42 am

    I am so sorry to hear this. Jim was a good friend of mine in High School at LHS, and we stayed in touch over the years. My condolences to his family.

  10. Richard Moore on April 15, 2012 at 8:58 am

    Megan and family,

    I was so sad to hear of Jim’s passing. He was always so friendly and helpful.
    a great person!


  11. Pat Nicholas on April 15, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Megan and family,
    At this time of your loss, words are not adequate to convey the sorrow felt that such a special, unique person is no longer with us. Jim was a one-of-a-kind good guy, and it was my good fortune to have worked with him for over 25 years. Nothing can make this time any easier for you, but while we mourn Jim’s death, we also celebrate having known him. Charles and I extend our sympathy, Pat Nicholas

  12. Patti Steffan on April 16, 2012 at 6:38 am

    Megan, I am so sorry for your loss – Jim was a great guy with a laugh that filled the world with joy. I wish I was there for you.
    Your Friend – Bless you

  13. Martha Beard on April 16, 2012 at 8:02 am

    Megan and family,
    So so sorry for your loss. Jim will be missed dearly. Our prayers for peace and understanding are with all of you.

  14. Diann Burright on April 16, 2012 at 8:24 am

    Megan, I’m so sorry for your loss. I’ve been thinking of you and your family. My heart goes out to all of you.

  15. Bill Sharp on April 16, 2012 at 8:26 am

    Megan: Jim will be greatly missed. Our thoughts are with you during this sorrowful time. Bill

  16. John and Molly Archibold on April 16, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    To Megan et al. We were stunned when Sarah called to say Jim had been taken to the hospital, and then about 12 hours later when she called again to say Jim had died. Our prayers and thoughts have been with you each day for a long long time and will continue to be so. May our Lord give you extra strength and comfort during these days of transition. Jim will be greatly missed by so many.
    God bless. John and Molly

  17. Kirk Snavely on April 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I enjoyed working with Jim. He had some great stories, and laughed easily. I enjoyed laughing with him, I will miss him.

  18. Ann Spitz on April 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Dear Megan – It was such a shock to hear Jim had passed. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was a sweet man and a good person. He will be greatly missed. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Love, Ann

  19. Hong Jin on April 17, 2012 at 9:47 am

    Jim has always been a great resource to go to and a dear friend during my years of study at KU. He has made some amazing graphs for our research work, which was truly admired and appreciated. I’ll miss him greatly.

  20. Chicheng Ma on April 17, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Megan, I feel so sorry for your lose. I appreciated for Jim’s help during my work in CEBC.

  21. Sagar Sarsani on April 17, 2012 at 2:39 pm

    Jim was our “go to” guy for all our graphs and presentations in our grad school days with KU CEBC. It was great to work with him. My sincere condolences to his family.

  22. Megan Gannon on April 23, 2018 at 12:42 pm

    I’d like to once again thank all of you for your kind thoughts. It’s now been six years since Jim’s death. Rereading your messages is still a comfort. Although we move forward in life, Jim remains a part of who we are. His kindness, his laugh, his ability to face problems as simply puzzles to be solved, is a gift he gave to friends and family. I’m forever grateful to have him in my life even if now it’s through memories.

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