Gary Ronald Busic Sr.



Gary Ronald Busic Sr., 69, of Spotsylvania entered into eternal life with his Lord and Savior on Friday, February 2, 2018.

Mr. Busic served in Vietnam in 1969 and 1970 and started his career commitment in the Air Force in 1971. He attended Boise State University and graduated from the Air Force Leadership School and Air Force NCO Academy. He served with the Tactical Air Command at Mountain Home AFB, Idaho, at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland in support of the Presidential Flight Squadron, a special duty assignment for four years with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations Academy in D.C., a second 12-month unaccompanied tour of duty at Incirlik AFB, Turkey and a second special duty assignment for six years as the Air Force NCO in charge of supply and operations in the National Military Command Center, our nation’s 24/7 emergency crisis center within the Offices of the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon for which he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal (equivalent Bronze Star). This culminated a distinguished career of more than 21 years of service on active duty.

Mr. Busic subsequently worked in sales and as the manager of the Sears Auto Center in Fredericksburg and at National Tire and Battery in Newington. He became seriously ill in 2013 and fought heroic battles with cancer. He inspired all who knew him with his determination, faith, fighting spirit and typical pleasant and humorous personality whenever possible.

Married 50 years on June 25, 2017, he is survived by his wife, Juanita “Anita” Musselman Busic; their son, Gary Busic Jr.; grandsons Gary “Trey” Busic III, Cabel Busic, Nathaniel Busic, Daniel Busic, Jackson Busic and Grayson Busic; a legacy that will proudly carry forward the Busic name. He is also survived by his sisters, Linda Bullock and Patricia Holloway; brothers-in-law Thomas Holloway, Eugene “Butch” Musselman, Waverly Musselman, Glenn Musselman, Herbert Burrell; and his sister-in-law, Linda Elaine Burrell; aunt and uncle Dorothy and Dudley Busic; aunts Gladys Kelly and Elizabeth DeBord; numerous nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Hazel and Theodore Busic; sisters Helen Lehr, Frances Smith, Sylvia Wedding and Diane Busic; brothers Carlis Busic and Larry Busic; mother-in-law Ola Keyes Musselman; father-in-law Kenneth Musselman; niece Amanda Musselman; nephews Preston “Max” Musselman and Anthony “Tony” House; numerous aunts and uncles; and several cousins.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 3 p.m. on Sunday, February 11 at Covenant Funeral Service, Fredericksburg. Honorary pallbearers will be Gary Busic Jr., Gary Busic III, Cabel Busic, Eddie Bullock, Glenn Musselman and Sovian Abed. A service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. The Reverend Matthew Kindig, Gary’s nephew and son of his sister, Helen, who passed away on September 10, 2017, will officiate. Hospice Chaplain Prudence Hopkins will also speak. A reception will follow at the Marriott Residence Inn, 60 Towne Centre Boulevard, Fredericksburg, Va. 22407 in the Rappahannock River Room. The hotel is located behind Spotsylvania Towne Center. Burial will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, March 26 at Arlington National Cemetery where burials take place for as many as 26 eligible veterans daily.

The family would like to thank Dr. Vangani of MultiSpecialty Health Group at Spotsylvania Regional and Dr. Menachery of Hematology Oncology Associates of Fredericksburg and their staff, and all attending physicians and staff at Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., the world’s largest military medical center housing the John P. Murtha Cancer Center, for their dedication and care, none more extraordinary than Rear Admiral David Whittaker, MD, who is justly credited for saving Gary’s life twice.

Gary was a life member of Fredericksburg VFW Post #3103. The family requests that expressions of sympathy be made in his memory with gratitude to one of the following exemplary non-profit organizations: VFW Post #3103, Fisher House Bethesda, Walter Reed Society, Yellow Ribbon Society at Walter Reed, or Knights of Columbus who gloriously decorated all five Fisher Houses at Walter Reed every Christmas season.