Timothy P Busenbark January 16, 1955 – January 10, 2021
Tim Busenbark died Sunday January 10, 2021, just before dawn, surrounded by his wife and children.
He was born in Parsons, Kansas to Patricia and Billy Busenbark. It was a very snowy winter that year and
since Tim’s dad travelled during the week, all the neighbors assured Patty that they would get her to the
hospital one way or another when the time came if Bill was out of town.
From Parsons, the family moved to Roeland Park, Kansas settling in the more “southern” part of the
county – Johnson Drive and Roe. The houses were new and full of young families. Years of bike riding
and swimming in the summer and sledding down the hill at Smiley’s (now KCTV5) in the winter followed.
Tim showed a talent for woodworking early. As other boys built birdhouses and turned the shop
teacher’s hair gray, Tim built a pair of skis.
While in high school, Tim spent his time in the “Vo-Tech” wing, building cabinets and learning more
about what would become his life-long passion. He participated in a work study program and worked
summers in a local cabinet shop.
During this time, he also participated in the High School Youth Group at church, where he met his future
wife Anna. They dated throughout their high school years and married in 1977. Together they raised
their family in the Johnson County area.
Tim often read to the kids before bed – Clara’s book was “Mr. Bell’s Fix-it Shop” about a man who could
take anything broken and restore it to new. The shop in the book looked much like her Dad’s workshop
in the garage. Matthew’s choices were a bit more eclectic – anything to delay bedtime.
As the kids grew, Tim became involved in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts with Matthew. The pinnacle of this
experience was their trip to Philmont. They both trained for months, diligently walking the stadium
steps at Shawnee Mission South with fully-loaded packs. Tim also was the go-to guy for any project
Clara might have – whether it was a 10:30 p.m. run to Kinko’s or an articulating giraffe for a sorority
homecoming float. That project required a 24 foot straight truck to transport the animals from our
Prairie Village garage to Maryville.
Tim progressed in his cabinet making career, working for several local companies, first building and then
overseeing their projects. Many downtown boardrooms, as well as offices on the Sprint Campus were
showcases for the work that he and his men built in the 1980’s. He eventually went to work for
international companies, creating fine woodworking details for yachts and large private residences that
were built in the 1990’s and 2000’s. He had an innate ability to take a concept or sometimes a drawing
on a napkin and turn it into reality.
He was drawn to precision and old-school details, so when he joined the clock club he found his hobby
heaven. He spent many hours recrafting a damaged or missing detail on the wood cases. He also
learned to clean, repair and get old clocks that hadn’t run for years running.
Tim leaves behind his wife of 43 years, Anna, his children Clara (Matt) and Matthew (Nicole), as well as
grandchildren Jack Miller, Maya Miller and Bryce Busenbark.
He was predeceased by his father, Billy Busenbark and his younger brother Todd. His mother Patty
Busenbark, brothers Ted (Norma) and Terry (Chris) and their families survive him.
A visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m., followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 a.m. will be held at
Queen of the Holy Rosary, 7023 West 71 st Street, Overland Park Kansas on Friday January 15th. The live-
stream can be found at www.facebook.com/queenoftheholyrosary. The livestream can also be located at https://www.queenoftheholyrosary.org/. Inurnment will take place at a later date.
Please, for everyone’s safety, observe COVID protocols, including social distancing and mask wearing
if attending the service.
We wish to thank all the caregivers that have been a part of this, as well as those who have included us
in their prayers and offered their help in many things large and small. In lieu of flowers, a donation may
be made to Queen of the Holy Rosary Church in Overland Park, or to the charity or cause of your choice.