Jack D. “Dave” DeBusman

J. Dave DeBusman, 75, of Shawnee, KS died March 13, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Kansas City, MO.


Dave was born March 9, 1945 to the late Jack and Christine DeBusman in Kansas City, MO.  He served for 4 years in the U.S. Air Force Secret Service and obtained the highest security clearance possible.  Dave went on to attend the University of Kansas where he graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Architecture.  He served as the Director of Architecture for the State of Kansas under Joan Finney’s 4-year administration.  He also served as the Director of Architecture and Grounds at Kansas State University for 15 years.  In his free time, Dave was an avid sailor, and spent many hours aboard his boat “HAGAR” while living at Lake Perry, Kansas; and designed over 80 homes.  Dave was one of those special people, liked by all.   He loved to travel and made videos of his journey’s on YouTube (search Dave DeBusman videos, several towns Chamber of Commerce have used his videos).


He is survived by 2 sisters, Denise Rost and husband Mark; Linda Mellott and husband Mitch. 


Thank you to the Cardiologist and nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital Plaza, Kansas City, MO.  They became our family! 

Celebration of Life Services

A celebration of Dave’s life will be held at Lake Perry later this spring.

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Posted in Kansas City Obituaries, Obituaries | on Monday, Mar. 16th 2020 | 9 Comments »

9 Comments on “Jack D. “Dave” DeBusman”

  1. Blanche Says:

    You brightened my life in so many ways. Thank you for always living generously. May you cruise the heavenly highways with joy.

  2. Darrin Delfelder Says:

    It was a true pleasure having you in my life with all the memories including Sailing, Car Shows and Good Times, I feel the years have passed us by to fast, sure wish we could of spent more time together. I will always cherish all our great times and memories.
    With the deepest respect, Darrin.

    Denise and Linda, I am deeply sorry and I know Dave will be very missed, he was a “One Of A Kind” person and I know everyone that ever had the opportunity to know Dave will always have a special place for him in their hearts.


  3. Dale Glenn Says:

    Dave was one of my favorite people.
    He was a student of mine at KU, and then we worked together for several years. A very talented person, and was always fun to be around.
    He served the State of Kansas and Kansas State University with class and dignity.
    He will be greatly missed.

  4. Chery Hassler Says:

    To Dave’s Family…
    I am so sorry to hear this news….I knew Dave on the docks of D.J.’s Sail Harbor. We had many wonderful summers there.

  5. Brandy Johnson Says:

    To my second cousin once removed: Thank you for leading me to a DNA connection with my Debusman family and ultimately to finding my bio father. It was through your help that it was possible and I was hoping to thank you and let you know what a special person you will be to me. God rest your soul.

  6. Richard Peters Says:

    Remember Dave well..He worked for our firm several years.He was very talented and fun tone around..

  7. Carol Blomberg Sook Says:

    Sincere sympathy is extended upon reading of Dave’s passing. We were classmates at Southeast High School in Kansas City at a great time to be a teenager and enjoy life. He always seemed like a really nice guy that would lead a full and productive life.

  8. Jim Copeland Says:

    I Truly Feel that Dave Helped me with his knowledge and friendship all of the way thru all the projects that I managed for him while at K.S.U.
    I enjoyed hearing about him and his families lives and I told him about my families lives as well.
    Thanks for keeping me in your Blog all these years.
    Enjoy your drive HOME Dave

  9. Tom Hornbuckle Says:

    Dave was one of my most favorite people at Blenheim Grade School. Such great memories; from Cub Scouts to Sledding to Paper drives. Between he, Ralph Oelsner and Chris Dennis we had a lot of fun. So glad I had the chance to see him at the Southeast 50th reunion. May he rest in peace.

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