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Obituary: Walter R. Buss

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Walter Richard Buss, 94, died July 16, 2000 at legacy Retirement Center in South Jordan, UT of natural causes.

He was born November 1, 1905 in Provo, UT to Fred Earle and Edith Bliss Rumsey Buss. He attended school at BYU Train-ing School. His family moved to Palo Alto, California, where he completed high school and attended San Jose State Col-lege. He obtained his bachelors and mas-ters degrees at BYU and doctorate from Stanford University as well as a honorary doctorate from Weber State University

On November 30, 1928, he married Edna Taylor of Farr West, Utah in the Salt Lake Temple. They were the parents of five children: Richard, David (Georgia), Marilyn (John) Wilcox, Warren (Beverly) and Barbara ("J" Stephen) Jones.

Walter taught geology and geography at Weber State University for 41 years. Students remember his famous trips to various national parks. Many of his students knew him as "Uncle Walt". He retired from Weber in 1974 after teaching there for 41 years.

He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in a variety of positions including Family History Center worker, high councilor, high priests group leader, and bishop's counselor. He helped compile a book about the history and descendants of Richard and Sarah Wood Buss, his ancestors.

He is survived by his brother Robert (Eugenia) and sisters Mabel Crittenden and Helen (Ted) Halsey, four children, 19 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren. His parents, brother Paul, wife Edna, son Richard, son-in-law John Wilcox, granddaughter JanaLyn Wilcox and grandson Jason Wilcox preceded him in death.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday at 1 p.m. at the Madison Center Ward Chapel, 27th and Jefferson, with Bishop Norman Sevy officiating. Friends may call at the Myers Mortuary in Ogden, 845 Washington Blvd, on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. and at the church on Thursday from 11:45-12:45 a.m. Interment, Ogden City Cemetery.