Brian S. Bussey

Brian S. Bussey, 38, died suddenly of natural causes Monday, March 8, 2010 at his home in Birmingham, Mich.

Brian was born July 29, 1971, to Robert and Edith (Treichel) Bussey in Brookfield. He attended Slinger High School in Slinger and, in 1993, he earned his bachelorís of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wisconsin Ė Madison. Brian went on to receive his masterís degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.
Brian most recently served as chief information officer of GMAC Insurance in Southfield, Mich.

Brian was a devoted father and husband who loved to spend time with his family. An avid snow and water skier, Brian spent countless hours on the slopes and on the lake with his children. Brian was handy around the house, often tackling difficult renovations on his own. Despite his busy schedule, he was always willing to lend a hand to anyone in need.

Brian is survived by his wife, Rhodora (Dora Connell) Bussey; daughter Alexandra and son Jackson, of Birmingham, Mich.; father Robert Bussey of Lily; brother John (Susan) Bussey, niece Isabella, nephew Sawyer, of Crown Point, Ind.; father-in-law Thomas Connell of Glenview, Ill.; mother-in-law Minerva (John) Ignoffo; sister-in-law Melissa (Robert Burger) Connell; brother-in-law Cisco (Britt) Connell, nephew Wesley, nephew Benjamin, nephew Joseph of Chicago; brotherin-law Eric Connell, nephew Eric Connell, Jr., Las Vegas; brother-in-law Thomas Connell of Glenview, Ill.; brother-in-law Ryan Connell of Chicago.

His mother Edith preceded Brian in death.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, March 13, 2010, at Smith-Corcoran Funeral Home from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Chicago with a service to follow at 3 p.m. Dinner will follow at a nearby restaurant. A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, March 16, at Holy Name Church in Birmingham, Mich., at 6:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, a trust fund has been established to support the long-term educational objectives of Brianís children, Alexandra, 10, and Jackson, 5. To contribute via check, please make checks payable to Bussey Childrenís Education Trust and direct them to the following address: Bussey Childrenís Education Trust, Attn: Cisco Connell, Chuhak & Tecson, P.C., 30 W. Wacker Drive, Suite 2600, Chicago, IL 60606-7413. To contribute via Paypal, please log on to and direct payment to