George Busteed

Funeral services for George Leslie “Bud” Busteed, age 76, of Elgin, will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 11 a.m. at the United Methodist Church in Elgin with Rev. Glenn Loy, Rev. Joe Scahill and Bob Busteed officiating. Interment will follow in the West Cedar Valley Cemetery.

Visitation is Monday, Jan. 14 from 5 until 7 p.m., at Huffman-Levander Funeral Home in Elgin.

George passed away Thursday, Jan. 10 at his home in Elgin following a lengthy, courageous battle with amyloidosis.  

Memorials are suggested to the family for a later designation. Condolences may be sent to the family at


George L. Busteed was born in Norfolk on Sept. 29, 1942 to Harold W. and Ruth E. (Kinney) Busteed. He attended Dist. #97, west of Elgin, through eighth grade, was a 1960 graduate of Elgin High School and attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He then returned to Elgin to farm and raise livestock with his father.

On Nov. 12, 1967, he married Lois Maxine Reinke at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Neligh. They had two children, Barbara Ann and Steven George.  Lois died on August 5, 1988.

On Sept. 1, 1997, he married Carol Elizabeth (Pelster) Vanourney at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Elgin.

He retired from farming in 2014 and started spending time during the winters in Florida. George was a very active, lifelong member of the United Methodist Church in Elgin and was baptized and confirmed there. He became a member of the Army Reserve in 1963 and was honorably discharged Nov. 20, 1969. George was a member of the American Legion Post #229. He served on the boards of education for Dist. #97 and Elgin Public Schools, Antelope County Feeders Association board, Farm Bureau board, the Antelope County Farm Service Agency board and the Farmers Coop Exchange board.

He was very supportive of the local American Red Cross Bloodmobile. He was an avid reader, enjoyed boating, snow skiing, playing sports, meeting up with his Florida friends, attending Bible study, getting together with family members and following his kids’ and grandkids’ activities.

George is survived by his wife, Carol of Elgin; daughter, Barb (Don) Snyder of Kearney; son, Steve (Casey) Busteed of Elgin; stepson, Sam (Jennifer) Vanourney of St Joseph, MO; stepdaughter, Anna (Craig) Galle of Elkhorn; grandchildren, Sean and Emma Snyder, Baylee, Kyndal, and Garrett Busteed; stepgrandchildren, Ronald Vanourney, Trevor, Brooks, Eva and Mia Galle; sisters, Marlene (Jim) Brown of Menifee, Calif. and Pam (Bill) Kuester of Neligh; nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.

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