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1945 The 2023

The Reverend Doctor Busch

November 14, 1945 — January 22, 2023

The Reverend Doctor Glenn Busch passed away peacefully on January 22, 2023 at Westminster Canterbury Hospice in Lynchburg. He was 77.

Glenn was born in Kissimmee, Florida on November 14, 1945, the only son of Russell Walter Busch and Sarah Jane Busch. He grew up in North Versailles, Pennsylvania near Pittsburgh and was a graduate of Penn State University. He then attended Virginia Theological Seminary and was ordained a priest in the Episcopal Church in 1971. He later earned a Doctor of Ministry degree at Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.

Glenn is survived by his wife of 52 years, Kathleen Cooney Busch, a son Matthew Busch, and a daughter Lauren Duckworth and her husband Darren Duckworth. His two grandsons were a delight to him – James Duckworth and Matthew Duckworth.

Glenn had a long career serving St. Stephen’s, Richmond, St. John’s, Bedford, and St. Mary’s, High Point, NC, where he was named Rector Emeritus upon his retirement in 2008.

Always community minded, he served as Mayor of Bedford and initiated and coordinated the construction of the Arthur Cassell Memorial Transition House in High Point, a home for the transition of homeless men to community life and work. In Lynchburg he served as a Tree Steward and a member of a group at St. John’s, Lynchburg that constructs wheelchair ramps for needy families throughout the area.

While living in Bedford an elderly parishioner taught him to fly fish. He never looked back. Glenn fished rivers all around the US plus Canada and England. Fishing buddies make great friends, and his family is grateful to them for their support during these past months. Tying fishing flies was also a consuming hobby, and a group met monthly to learn to tie new flies together. Much laughter was heard from our basement when they were in session.

Glenn also had a passion for teaching and writing. He taught religion classes at High Point University, wrote two books, and published a blog for several years.

The family is very grateful to Hospice at Westminster Canterbury for their loving and professional care this past month. They made this journey easier. May our beloved Glenn rest in peace.

A Celebration of Glenn’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, February 4, 2023, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, Lynchburg, VA.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Episcopal Relief and Development, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017 or Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21297-1061.

Tharp Funeral Home, Lynchburg is assisting the family.
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