Harold J. Busch, a devoted father, brother, and friend, passed away peacefully in his home in Aurora, Colorado, on November 9, 2023. He was 73 years old.
Born on September 30, 1950, in Fort Collins, CO, Harold graduated from Fort Collins High School in 1968 and briefly attended Western State College and Colorado State University before leading a diverse professional life focused on sales and building relationships. He was an entrepreneur in spirit, having co-founded local real estate and insurance companies, Busch Real and the Busch Agency in Fort Collins, CO, which he ran for several years before moving into IT Sales.
While Harold will be remembered for having a smart and savvy business mind, his passion for helping others extended beyond his career, as he was actively engaged in charitable work throughout his life. He was a proud member of the Fort Collins area Sertoma and Elks clubs, where he was an active volunteer, serving on committees and embodying the spirit of community service and developing close friendships.
Throughout much of his life, Harold was an avid enthusiast of the outdoors, finding joy in camping and being in the presence of friends and family. He had a deep appreciation for cars, which he often shared with his brothers and sons, and was a fervent supporter of NASCAR Racing. Harold was a huge sports fan from the time he was on the sidelines of his kids' soccer or baseball games, either coaching or cheering, to the years he spent as a Colorado State Rams season ticket holder, up to the day he passed, cheering on the Denver Broncos. Every weekend during games, Harold would be talking and texting with family, as he loved discussing sports, which will be missed.
Harold was preceded in death by parents Robert and Jean Busch, as well as brother Robert (“Bob”) Busch. He is survived by his two sons and daughters-in-law, Jonathan (Cassie) Busch, Jason (Kami) Busch, brother William (“Bill”) Busch, sister Betty Busch, as well as his five grandchildren along with five nieces and nephews. His ex-wife Joan Busch, remained a close friend and an important part of his life.
Harold will be remembered not only for his professional and social life but also for the impact he had on those around him as a loving father, mentor, and friend. His legacy will live on in the hearts of those he guided, and his passion for life and the toughness he displayed fighting a debilitating disease that restricted him physically but not in spirit will be a source of inspiration for all who were fortunate enough to know him.
A celebration of Harold's life will be held on a future date with friends and family. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Harold's memory to the Rheumatoid Arthritis Foundation, Help Fight RA, 8815 Conroy Windermere Rd. Suite 309, Orlando, FL 32835.
May he rest in peace, leaving behind a legacy of warmth, kindness, and community service that will be fondly remembered by all who were touched by his presence.