New Richmond:
(715) 243-5252  |  
River Falls:
(715) 425-8788

Bradley Buschette 06/24/2016

Bradley Buschette websiteBrad Buschette died suddenly in River Falls on June 24th.  The only child of Ivan and Connie Buschette he grew up in Granite Falls, MN. He married Karen F Jansen in 1998 and had a daughter Abby.  Brad was a loving and protective husband and father.  He was Karen’s soul mate, best friend, and life companion. To his daughter Abby he was a devoted and doting father, teaching her to love travel, to take risks, and to get up on that big horse and go. Selfless, no man could have loved his wife and daughter more.
He graduated from Yellow Medicine East High School and Macalester College, were he excelled.  Although often shrouded in modesty, his formidable  intellect was apparent to anyone who came into his sphere of influence.  He had broad sophisticated reading taste and was a witty critic.  No one ever had a boring conversation with Brad Buschette.  A master of the arcane, lover of obtuse facts, and a brilliant writer, he won the Great American Think Off in 2003.
Friend to all children and wrangler of stray cats, he nurtured and protected both.  Brad was a leader of the Montessori parents and a magnanimous neighborhood host, creating perfect backyard pizzas, delicious Buschette buns and the best Christmas cookie gifts.  Always willing to help, he was annoyingly reluctant to impose by asking for return favors.
A Seeker of truth and treasures who never did anything small, Brad impacted the lives of everyone he met, with a heart bigger than his  6’ 7” body. He was deeply loved and will be dearly missed by his family and many friends.
Brad is survived by his beloved wife Karen Faith Buschette and cherished daughter Abigail Faith Buschette; other family members, many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents Ivan and Connie Buschette.  Memorials preferred in lieu flowers.  A Celebration of Brad’s Life was held Monday, June 27, 2016 from 3-7 pm at Bakken-Young Funeral Home in River Falls.  Arrangements are with Bakken-Young Funeral & Cremation Services of River Falls.


  • Smits Family Posted June 27, 2016 4:03 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. We will absolutely be there to celebrate Brad’s life with you tomorrow!

  • Cindy Hanka Okubo Posted June 27, 2016 2:18 pm

    My deepest sympathy. I grew up with Brad in Granite Falls and have fond memories of him. God Bless you as you celebrate his life today and forever.

  • Jeff Rosendahl Posted June 27, 2016 3:56 pm

    I. Had the privilege to know Brad When he worked in Paynesville at UPS, He made coming to work fun, his words of wisdom and knowledge he shared about so many things will never be forgotten .
    I am so sorry for your loss,

  • Gina and Isaiah Purzitza Posted June 29, 2016 2:28 am

    Hi Karen and Abby, we are so sorry for your loss. We are praying for peace and comfort. We have memories of our time together and makes us smile thinking of Brads smile.

  • Dean Hanson Posted June 30, 2016 1:05 am

    I remember Brad as a young adult and was friends of his parents in Paynesville. In the video I quickly saw the same spirt and kindness that endeared his family to me. It was also very obvious how much he loved and enjoyed his family and friends. I am so very sorry for your loss and hope your wonderful memories lift you up.

  • Angie and Samantha Burke Posted July 1, 2016 1:23 pm

    We are very sorry to hear of this tragic loss to the RF community. My daughter was a swimmer in River a Falls and she attended the Montessori and we loved seeing Abby, Karen, and Brad at all the events. We will all be here to support you through this difficult time.

  • Darlene Buschette Posted September 13, 2016 7:36 pm

    I just learned of Brad’s passing at a family wedding this past weekend. I was so sad to hear this news! I first met and fell in love with Brad when he was three years old (I was 17), and he asked me to marry him. I didn’t take the news of Karen too well, but what can you do? Seriously, he was an original, and the few times we would meet to catch up, he had his hands full of Abby pictures. You could tell that Abby and Karen were the joys of his life. I always loved and admired Brad, and knew that he loved his parents deeply, too, I wish I had had many more visits with him, and I would love to meet his Abby. I also wish I had known of his passing, so I could have joined the family as they celebrated the remarkable person that he was.

  • Jonathan P. Hausman Posted October 31, 2016 8:20 pm

    I just learned the sad news of Brad’s passing. I knew him through basketball at Macalester. He was one of the nicest guys I’ve ever met. I am sorry for your loss.

Add Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *