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Irene Van Bussum

January 12, 1929 — October 3, 2020

Irene Van Bussum, 91, of Owensboro passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on January 12, 1929 to the late Faranz and Augusta Bishop Braun. Irene was retired from General Electric, and was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family.

Along with her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph “Buck” Van Bussum, her son, Dean Van Bussum, her brothers, Aribert, Winfred, and Franz Braun; her sister, Waltraud Guerra; and her granddaughter, Stacy Hardison Wathen.

Irene is survived by her children, Nancy (Jeff) Higdon, Lynda Hardison and the late Tommy Hardison, Debbie Polston, and Becky (Steve) Simmons; her grandchildren, Aaron (Collen) Higdon, Jason (Kate) Higdon, Jared Higdon, Dale Polston, Jr., Carrie (Jake) Ward, Stephanie (Butch) Garst, Holly (Ben) Jackson, Jeremy (Lena) Simmons, and Mendy (Dominic) Kluck; 28 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11:00 am Monday, October 12, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with Brother Randy Stallings officiating. Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, and again from 9:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.

For all those who wish to honor and celebrate Irene at the funeral home, are required to wear masks for the safety of all those who are in attendance at the visitation and funeral celebration.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at OHRH and Signature Healthcare at Hillcrest.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Ridgewood Baptist Church; 800 Carter Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

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Monday, October 12, 2020

Starts at 11:00 am (Eastern time)

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home

519 Locust St, Owensboro, KY 42301

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