Pastor Robert "Bob" Busse
Greetings—members of Grace Lutheran—Omro. I am Rev. Robert (Bob) Busse, who will be serving as your vacancy pastor and would like to introduce myself to you.
My wife, Carol, and I both grew up on dairy farms near the northcentral Wisconsin community of Abbotsford. We were married in 1974. After graduating from UW-Eau Claire, we farmed with my parents for 13 years and I taught middle/high school math at Abbotsford, Tomah, and Clintonville before attending Concordia Seminary-Ft. Wayne as an alternate route candidate. My great-grandmother had always encouraged me to be a pastor and prayed that I would. I told her that I wasn’t going to be a minister—I was going to be a math teacher because they make more money! Well, she said she was going to keep praying I change my mind. “The prayers of a righteous man (or woman) availeth much” (James 5:16). It was the urging of an 80+ year old pastor from Nebraska—the son of the congregation of St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville—who spoke at one of their 125th anniversary services that finally made me take the step. He said he would like to retire, but there was no one to take his place, so he urged all men and boys—regardless of age—to consider entering the ministry. I recently retired from serving the past 18 years at Calvary—Princeton, where Carol also served as church secretary.
We have four children and two grandsons: Elsa (Jon) Mierow and Jonah, Waunakee; Heidi Busse, Madison; Phil (Christina) Busse and Cephas, Madison; and Amanda (Cam) Tetzlaff, Sun Prairie.
Carol and I enjoy gardening, including canning pickles, tomatoes, and beets and sharing extra produce with others. Carol enjoys quilting and we both like to play cards (pinochle, sheepshead, euchre, cribbage) and board games, attending county fairs, as well as reading (I like history, mystery, and westerns).
I will try to be in the office or serving shut-ins on Tuesdays and Wednesdays after the first Sunday of the month, but you may call the church office or my home (920-295-6896) whenever you have a need. I look forward to serving our Lord together with you.
A fellow servant in Christ, Rev. Bob Busse