Wilfred "Bud" C. Bussing, Jr.

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Wilfred "Bud" C. Bussing Jr.

Bussing Construction Corp.

Laureate 2015

Wilfred C. “Bud” Bussing, Jr. was best known for his prowess in residential construction and real estate development, but he also was a household name as part owner of the Evansville Otters and Patton Heating & Air Conditioning Co.

Bussing was responsible for many new homes in the area, as well as numerous real estate developments. His accomplishments include Fielding Court, Evergreen Acres, Melody Hills, Brookview, Brookview Heights, Harbour’s Edge, Eastland Estates, Audubon Estates, Keystone, Shadow Bluff, Charleston Square, Fox Hollow, and Jefferson Park subdivisions. Bussing owned the Fielding Court Apartments. He was also part owner of the Claremont Apartments and the Plaza, and had owned the Cambridge Arms Apartments, all in downtown Evansville.

A hands-on leader, Bussing often hammered nails alongside his work crews. He felt more at ease in that environment than in a suit and tie, say those who knew him. One of his proudest achievements involved civic service: as president of the Evansville-Vanderburgh Airport Authority for 13 years, he was instrumental in the construction of a new terminal there. The road on which the Evansville Regional Airport sits, Bussing Drive, was named in his honor.

Bussing also served as president of the Evansville Homebuilders Association and the Indiana Homebuilders Association, and was vice president of the Bussing-Koch Foundation. A graduate of Bosse High School, he attended Indiana University, the University of Denver and the University of Evansville. Bussing served in the Coast Guard during World War II.


Wilfred "Bud" C. Bussing, Jr. (1925-2008)

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