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Steven Buss

Steven J. Buss - Age 58, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Steve was born on Oct. 4, 1963, to Richard and Lou Ann (Schiffmann) Buss in Madison. He graduated from Sun Prairie High School in 1982.  On May 2, 1998, he was united in marriage to Shawn Strege in Watertown. Steve, also known as Hawk or Buzz by many of his friends, grew up in Sun Prairie. He was an avid athlete in high school, along with his brothers and sister, playing football, baseball, and hockey. He continued to play softball and fastpitch softball for many years after high school for many local area teams. After high school, he worked installing truck scales, delivering supplies for Midwest Wholesale, and was currently employed with ASC1 for the past 33 years as a commercial kitchen cooking equipment repair technician. He loved his Wisconsin Badger hockey and football teams and the Packers. His dad introduced him to his wife at a local Sun Prairie hangout. They had been together for 31 years and married 23 years. He was an incredibly positive individual who impacted the lives of so many, ranging from athletes to friends to neighbors, and will be deeply missed by all. He enjoyed spending time hanging out with his family, and his biggest passion was coaching track and field and his many pole vault athletes at both Kaukauna High School and the pole vault club. His passion for coaching began when he started attending pole vault practices with his daughter in 8th grade. He learned to coach pole vault while she was also learning the sport. The countless hours spent volunteering displayed his love for the sport, and showed how much he cared about each athlete, regardless of skill. Steve never hesitated to lend a helping hand and it was impossible to dislike him; his genuine compassion for everyone never went unnoticed. He was known in his neighborhood as the ‘jack of all trades but master of none’ handyman, and developed a strong love for nature, photography, woodworking, and cars throughout his life. In true form, Steve’s last words to the truck driver next to him were “Drive safe in this weather,” showing his true personality to the end. Kindness matters, be kind. Steve is survived by his wife: Shawn, his children: Jessica Buss and Blake Buss; his mom: Lou Ann Buss; siblings: Tom (Julie) Buss, Bob Buss, Jerry (Laurie) Buss, Rich (Jacqueline) Buss and Jannell Desjarlais, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Steve was preceded in death by his father: Richard, a brother: Mike and both sets of grandparents.  A memorial gathering was held Dec. 30 at the Verkuilen Van Deurzen Family Funeral Home, Kaukauna. For online condolences please visit www.verkuilenfh.com. A GoFundMe page has been established at https://www.gofundme.com/f/paying-tribute-to-steve-buss?fbclid=IwAR3oSbtDadQ9CmqZpaJd52l9SpTbBTfVeRBfcPL0GzHrisUZe4jJX6suEFg

VERKUILEN-VAN DEURZEN FAMILY FUNERAL HOME, 2401 Fieldcrest Drive, Kaukauna 920 766 2099, www.verkuilenfh.com