DR. RALPH BUESGENS

       3-23-23 - 1-11-11

 

 

 

 

Dr. Ralph Hubert Buesgens, age 87 of Waterville, died on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis.

A celebration of life service will be held on Monday, January 17, 2011, at 11 a.m. in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault with Deacon Daniel Wesley, officiating. Spring interment will be held in the Calvary Cemetery, Waterville.

A time of gathering and a memorial visitation will be held after the services until 5 p.m. in the Boldt Funeral Home, Faribault.

Ralph, the son of John and Lena (Leif) Buesgens was born on March 23, 1923 in Cologne. He served in the U. S. Army. He married Marcia Lee McCaig on September 27, 1949 and she preceded him in death on June 2, 1990. He graduated from Creighton University Medical School in 1949. He moved to Waterville, Minnesota in 1950 where he established a solo family practice from 1950 through 1997. He enjoyed his practice on a professional and personal level and served generations of families. Dr. Buesgens enjoyed his family and friends, gardening, nature, raising horses, and woodworking.

He is survived by five children including Patty Buesgens (and Tim Sorgatz) of Waterville; Lee McCaig (and Greg Dietl) of Woodbury, Jill (and Randy) Schlueter of Waterville, Lisa Buesgens of Woodbury; four grandchildren, Jeff Buesgens, Lena Mueller, Lindsey and Matthew Schlueter; three great grandchildren, Brittany and Olivia Buesgens and Tanner William Hanson; five siblings, Mark (and Elaine) Buesgens of Norwood-Young America, Ann Hilk of Waconia, Grace Sexton of Faribault, Jean Steinhagen of Waconia and Joan (and Dick) Joos of Eagan.

He was preceded in death by three siblings, Marie Cauley, Frank Buesgens, Julia Zubay.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be directed to Faribault Area Hospice, Waterville Elysian Food Shelf or donorŐs choice.

 


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Name: Linda Bloomquist Piper
Email: lkpiper@earthlink.net
Date: Monday February 07, 2011

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I am saddened to hear of Doc Buesgens passing. He was a great man in the community of Waterville, Mn.

 

 

 

Name: Audrey
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Date: Thursday January 20, 2011

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Dr. Buesgens was the doctor who delivered me in 1961. My mom and dad always thought highly of him as a person and a doctor. We thought he was the best at diagnosing problems. It was reassuring to know he was always there. Doctors move around from place to place so often now. Even though I hadn't seen the doctor in many, many years, I can still remember how his office smelled (rubbing alcohol), and what it looked like. As a child, I can't say he was my favorite person to see. I vividly remember penicillin shots in the rear (ouch!). I knew it was for my own good though. I'm sure this is a very sad time for you all. I hope, over time, the good memories will ease your pain.

 

 

 

Name: Becky Salzle
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Date: Wednesday January 19, 2011

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Just wanted to express our deepest sympathy for your loss.Dr.Buesgens was a gentle,kind, and well-respected man.He was truely the epitome of a hometown family doctor.The community has lost someone very special.He will be missed by everyone who's life he touched. Sincerely Becky Salzle and family

 

 

 

Name: John Johnson
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Date: Tuesday January 18, 2011

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My deepest sympathies go out to the Buesgens' family. When I say family, of course I mean his biological one, but I also refer to the 2,000 plus children he delivered to this world. Dr. Ralph, as my kids and I called him, were very fortunate to have spent time with him. Although only a few times in Faribo and once down here in our home town of Tampa Florida, they were special moments spent with a dear and highly intelligent man. The friendship he shared with my mother Kay Meyer was a special one, one that was cherished by both. Unfortunately my family and I have not had the pleasure of meeting his daughters, but hope to one day. My mother, and of course Dr. Ralph, has spoken very highly of "his girls". Again, our condolences to you at this difficult time. Warmest regards, John, Alicia, Aubrey and Jace Johnson

 

 

 

 

Name: Dan Backman
Email: macbac@triwest.net
Date: Monday January 17, 2011

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I remember him very well, as he delivered me and 5 of my eight siblings. He was also a wonderful friend to my parents Jim and Patty Backman through some hard things, such as losing my brother when he was only three years old. God bless him and his family.

 

 

 

 

Name: SHERI QUAST
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Date: Monday January 17, 2011

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Thinking of you all with sympathy and with prayers, that God will bless your family at this difficult time Your father was a great doctor, friend and neighbor for many years. I would run into him at the Phil-Mart, we would visit and have a few laughs. Your father will be sadly missed by all of us. Sheri Quast 203 North 1st Street Elysian, Mn. 56028

 

 

 

Name: Cheryl Rue
Email: crue@cox.net
Date: Monday January 17, 2011

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Although I have never met Dr Buesgens, I feel like I had the opportunity to meet him in all the fond memories sent by his beloved patients and acquaintances. I am sending my heartfelt sympathy and prayers for peace and blessings to Lisa and her siblings. Lisa, I'm sure, is as beloved, by those patients she treats. Her warmth, easy manner, and compassion must have been in the genes! May you all be blessed with fond memories of your father and a special touch by God as you walk out your grief. I hope to see you soon, Lisa, in the warmth of AZ. Much love, Cheryl

 

 

 

 

Name: Larry Hohnstadt and Cathy (Fritz)
Email: larcat@frontiernet.net
Date: Sunday January 16, 2011

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I have early memories of visiting doc's office for high school physicals and minor poison ivy infections, but I truly have enjoyed him the most since I retired and had the pleasure of visiting with him during our coffee meetings at Phil Mart. He loved to talk about his early life at Cologne and his study of medicine and the many advances that had occurred during his years of practice. He often said that he hoped he hadn't talked on too long, but I found his insights to be very interesting and truly enjoyed all of our conversations. I only hope that he found my shared bits of knowledge to be half as interesting. - Larry I remember going to his office above the barber shop on main street when I was 10 and broke my arm falling off a horse. He had my dad hold my elbow and he grabbed my hand, pulled and reset the arm. Then he put the cast on. Many years later my arm was x-rayed again, and hardly any indication that the arm had been broken. Even after retiring, he often came to the Nursing Home and visited with former patients. He enjoyed doing that, and I know the residents enjoyed seeing him. He always had a kind word for everyone and told such wonderful stories. He had such a kind and gentle manner about him, and he made you feel special, no matter who you were. - Cathy

 

 

 

 

Name: Gwyn Quiram
Email: gwynquiram@yahoo.com
Date: Sunday January 16, 2011

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I can't begin to record all the wonderful memories I have growing up between my house on Doc B's house. The "vet clinic" he let us have in the playhouse too take care of the baby birds we found too all the trouble Jeff and I got into tormenting poor Lisa. He meant a lot to me and my family, my thoughts are with all of you in this time of great loss. What a great man he was and will be missed.

 

 

 

Name: Jill Schlueter
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Date: Saturday January 15, 2011

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Thank you all for your kind words and sharing your memories that you had with my dad. With life, there is change. A difficult change for my dad was his decision to retire, because he loved his profession. At the same time, he was very grateful for his good health to be able to keep up with the many activities that he enjoyed, like going for coffee at Phil Mart, attending the community activities and celebrations and having more time to spend with his family and friends. This is the quality of life that my dad really treasured. I love you dad and will miss you greatly. Jill

 

 

 

 

Name: wayne claassen waterloo,ia.
Email: wkclaw@aol.com
Date: Saturday January 15, 2011

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Ralph and I were roomates for a short time while attending Los Angeles City College ,in 1943 compliments of the Army Special Training program. We were seperated,alongh many others, after the program was disbanded and Ralph was chosen to continue training atat Creighton University. For an unknown reason,his name came to mind as it had frequently,this morning, so I typed his name on google and learned of his death. I remembered his mentioning Cologne being his home, but didn't realize he was living in Waterville,Mn. It has been 67 years, but I remember him as a very intelligent,polite,solid and caring individual.

 

 

 

 

Name: dorothy Brodie
Email: libby3333@gmail.com
Date: Saturday January 15, 2011

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Dr Buesgens was one of a kind. He was compassionate, sincere, concern. I was a nurse at Dist One Hospital and the "old" Fbo Manor Nursing Home.I will miss his "words of wisdom" at the Dist One retirees monthly luncheons. My sympathy to Patty and the rest of his family. Dorothy Brodie

 

 

 

 

Name: Bob and Therese (Wesley) Nord
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Date: Thursday January 13, 2011

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We wish to express our sympathies to the Busegens family. We appreciate his extended care and comfort during his many years in Waterville.

 

 

 

 

Name: Karen Bremer Ciccone
Email: nerakkmc@aol.com
Date: Thursday January 13, 2011

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Lots of memories with Doc.......Surgery at 19 and telling me I was pregnant with my only child. God Bless him and I'm sure he is resting comfortable. Every time I'd see him he would ask me how was my scar from the surgery!!!! He had a great memory as I'm 68 now and a few months ago when I saw him he still asked me about my scar!!!!! Comfort to his family on this day of his celebration.

 

 

 

 

Name: Ann Madden
Email: joyofliving49@hotmail.com
Date: Thursday January 13, 2011

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Jill and family--I am so sorry for your loss. I loved your dad--he was the kind of doctor I wish I could find nowdays. When I went to see him I always felt better than when I went in. I will miss him--just knowing he was around. My condolences. Ann

 

 

 

 

Name: Anne M Johnson
Email: Trubrit46@gmail.com
Date: Thursday January 13, 2011

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Doctor Buesgans was a one in a million kind of guy. I first became his patient when I came to this country from England as a young G.I. bride and even though I moved to Faribault I still remained his patient, it was worth the drive because you knew he would always take good care of you. He loved to talk about England with me when I would see him, and after he retired I would often run into him, and like a previous writer said he never forgot your name and would always ask how you were doing. Deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Buesgan family. God bless the memory of Dr Ralph Buesgans.

 

 

 

 

Name: Theresa Hazard --- ( GOLOMBESKI )
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Date: Wednesday January 12, 2011

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Deepest Sympathy to all of the Bueguens family. "Doc" Bueguens was a lifesaver to our family. He was always there day or night to give a shot to my Mom for her miagraine headaches, or stiches when she would pass out from them. He would even stopped in to see my Dad when he was in the nursing home in Watervile for a time. He repaired many broken bones, put stiches in, did many, many surgeries on all the family when we were younger & as we grew older. "Doc" delivered many of us & our children too. No matter where you would see him in the years after he retired he remembered your name, your siblings, then check to see if we were all in good health. He had some of the best staff & nurses that worked for him, they were just as caring & thoughtful as "Doc". Thank you to all the Bueguens family for sharing this special man---and giving up your time with him to care for all of us. "Doc Bueguens" touched & saved many lives....may his legend of caring be remembered for generations.............

 

 

 

 

Name: kelly dillon
Email: kellydilon@yahoo.com
Date: Wednesday January 12, 2011

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He was a very kind hearted person,I remember going to his house and he would tell the craziest stories from his past!(lol) He an his family helped me out in many ways. When I was yonger, and I thank you for that. :) Love,Kelly

 

 

 

 

Name: Sue Brown Chambers
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Date: Wednesday January 12, 2011

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To the greatest Doctor a family could ever ask for - always there no matter what the weather, time or day of the week or Holiday he was always there!!!! Helped me to bring my children into this world and the last one was even born on his daughters Patty's birthday and we even named her Patty.!!! Many office calls on the weekend to put a stitch or two in or check for broken bones!! I don't know the family outside of Patty and she was such a great support and excellent care giver. He always remembered me when we would run into each other - usually at the grocery store and we would get caught up on the kids always remembered everyone. When I contacted my children to tell them the news they all had a different story to tell of their expierence with Doc or Nurse Patty. Very special people to have touched so many lives!!! So grateful to have known such a caring person and will treasure the memories forever. With Love and Gratefulness to all, Suzie,and the "Brown" tribe Betty Jo, Rusty, Tanny, Matt, Patty