Schnider Funeral Home Great Falls Montana


William Busta
William Busta


William Busta

Oct 31, 1949 - Apr 04, 2017

William “Bill” Busta, 67, of Great Falls passed away Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from natural causes.

A memorial service will be Monday, April 10, 2017 at 2:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Lawn Memorial Chapel. Please dress casual, sports logos (especially the Griz), shorts or jeans would please Bill. Schnider Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

Bill was born October 31, 1949 in Dickinson, ND to Delbert and Ida Busta. They moved to Great Falls where Bill was raised. He attended CMR High School and the University of Montana. He worked for UPS for 28 years. His favorite route was the Cascade/Dearborn area. He was very proud of his 25 years spent with the Air National Guard “family.”

He was previously married to Colleen McAllister and fathered Ryan and Dori. He met Shar in 1997 and they married in 2002 in Las Vegas, NV which brought Kim into the family.

Bill loved to golf with his brother Chuck. He participated and supported the Camp Fire Boys and Girls Tournament and the OP’s Liquid Open for years. He enjoyed being at the gym and volunteered at the PEAK. He walked and bicycled all over Great Falls. He craved Borries spaghetti and “ravs” even when sick. He loved the Griz and held season tickets for years. Everyone always had the best time at our tailgates.

Bill was a simple man. He went out of his way to help everyone. It was his greatest asset and greatest fault. He was affectionately called “Uncle Bill” by many people. 

Bill enjoyed traveling to Las Vegas to gamble, Ireland to explore, Portland to visit his daughter, South Korea to visit his son, and an exciting trip last year to Daytona 500 with his dear friend Dan. He was a loving grandfather and was so proud of his “kids” education and success. 

He was preceded in death by his loving parents Delbert and Ida Busta in which he missed terribly; father-in-law Eugene Nurmi; brothers-in-law Terry McAllister, Gary Gravlin and Mack Wade; sister-in-law Bobbi McBride; and nephew Geno Wade. His mother-in-law, Alda passed away January 20, 2017 in which they had a very special bond. Bill loved to spoil her.

He is survived by his wife, Sharlene Busta of Great Falls; son Ryan Busta of Steilacoom, WA; daughters Dori Busta of Portland, OR and Kim (Richard) Bundy of Fort Meyers, FL; brother Chuck (Linda) Busta of Bozeman; sister-in-law Michelle Gravlin (Darrel Skolrud) of Great Falls; grandchildren Avery and Isaac of Portland, OR; Claire and Kaitlyn of Fort Meyers, FL; nieces Janell Brown of Billings, Kim Parsons of Plano, TX, and Gabrielle Bugnon of Great Falls; nephews Jesse McAllister of Billings, Mike Busta of Auroa, CO, Chris Tompkins, Anthony Kuntz, and Cody McBride all of Great Falls, and Ben Bugnon of Bozeman; and too many friends to list that were dear to him.

A special thank you to, Dr. Harkness, Jeannie Fahlquist, Sonja Gilson and Peace Hospice for their sincere caring, support and love.

In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated for our military vets at or Peace Hospice.

Public Guest Book

Apr 6th
Jack O'Connor
My cond. to the family. Great guy Bill and I worked together in POL at MANG for many years.
Apr 6th
Skip & Valarie Cooper
To the Entire Busta Family. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you all during this time of personal loss. May the Lord provide you with Loving and Happy Memories to help heal the ache in your hearts with Bills passing. With Deepest Sympathy.
Apr 7th
Elaine Ryan
I am so sad to learn of Billy's passing. When I worked at the Peak, Billy was a wonderful volunteer, and we became friends. We had a lot of laughs. He helped with our golf tournament as well. He was a good friend.
Apr 9th
ed elam
Char & family-am real sorry to hear about bill"s passing-my thoughts & prayers are with you all-he will be missed
Apr 9th
Scott Allen
My deepest sympathies to Shar, Chuck and the entire family. I had many great times with my Uncle Bill over the 21 years I had the pleasure to be his friend, I shall miss you.
Apr 10th
Darrell & Gayle Archey
We were sadden to hear of Bill's passing. Good memories of Bill working together at UPS for many years. With sincere sympathy. Darrell and Gayle Archey.
Apr 10th
Russ & Linda Say
Dear Shar and Family - Our sincere thoughts, prayers, and deepest sympathy are with you in your loss of Bill. Both of us always enjoyed visiting with him when we were at the Peak. We are so sorry. May God be with you.
Apr 11th
Joe and Bonee Erickson
We enjoyed knowing Bill from the Air Guard and he was also our faithful UPS guy for years. He had the best smile and was a truly nice guy. He will be missed.
Apr 15th
Jerry Grosenick
God's Peace and Blessings to the Busta family. Will miss seeing Bill at the Peak and at the Griz games. A faithful UPS driver and Guardsman forever!


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