By Richard Karns

Special to the Herald Review

Robert and his wife Emelie immigrated to the United States from Germany and settled in the Luther area, north of Raymond’s Store. He was born in 1856 and died in 1935. Emelie was born in 1863 and died in 1946. Both are buried on the Buss family plot in Woodland Cemetery in Reed City.

Their son Albert married Etta Draper and moved to Reed City to a large house on Todd Street. They had five children: Josephine, Hubert, Hurdis, Arden and Mildred. Albert owned the Buss General Repair, Garage and Accessory business which stood on the East side of Chestnut Street in Reed City (this is the area where Rite Aid is now).

Henry Dobben, who took over the business after Albert, retired and ran the garage. Albert was born in 1889 and died in 1972. Etta was born in 1890 and died in 1954. They are buried in the Buss family plot with Albert’s parents.

Josephine worked in the lab of a hospital in Grand Rapids before coming to run the Reed City Hospital lab. I learned a great deal from her about the laboratory and the lab studies she would run every day. I had some lab experience from being a corpsman in the military, but it was the rationale that Jo taught that was meaningful. She was a great teacher that way. If you were interested, she was willing to share; she had a great since of humor too. Josephine was born in 1918 and died in 1975.

Arden Buss, born in 1929, and Doris Ridderman, born in 1930, had known each other most of their lives. They both graduated from Reed City Public High School and attended the Evangelical United Brethren Church; they were married in 1950.

They had five children: Dianne, Thomas, Karen, Mark and Laur. Doris worked in the home and would help out in the office when needed. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1975, and for therapy would play the piano, would play the piano in church, as well as direct the children’s choir. She always enjoyed music and was part of a quartet.

Arden had worked for his father-in-law, Ben Ridderman Sr., at the Sunoco and high-speed gas station in Reed City, which later became the Shell station. After Ben Sr. retired, Arden and Ben Ridderman Jr. ran the business. After Arden retired, he had time to do the things he enjoyed. He really enjoys his family, which is evidenced by all the pictures he has of them in his house. During my talking with him, he proudly showed them all to me. He was an avid deer hunter and by the six set of antlers hanging on his wall and several more in his basement, a successful one. Arden also showed me some of his woodwork. The furniture and the trays are beautiful. The skill in which he was able to cut into the wood to make these fine details of the Noah’s Arc was amazing. Arden told me, “Since I’ve been sick I can’t do any of that anymore.” Both Arden and Doris had a good work ethic which they passed on to their children.

I have know Arden and Doris Buss most of my life. When I was 13 I had a paper route delivering the Grand Rapids Press. It was during the winter, so I pulled the papers on a sled. My route started at Mr. and Mrs Hubble’s house on Upton Avenue and ended at Arden and Doris Buss' house on Durham Street, where Arden still lives today.