The Very Rev. Gregory Robert Allen Buss of Spring Valley IL, passed away at 10:15 p.m. March 19, 2013 in his home, after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 71.
A Divine Liturgy was held at 10 a.m. Saturday March 23 in St. George Orthodox Church, Spring Valley and was followed by the regular funeral service, conducted by Economos Fr. Nicholas Dahdal, rector of St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church of Cicero, IL, and other area priests. The burial followed at St. George Cemetery.
Father Gregory was born April 6, 1941 in Kalamazoo, MI to Robert and Emily (Malmstone) Buss. He married Katherine (Kay) Wedge at St. Luke’s Parish in Kalamazoo in 1965. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from Kalamazoo College, a Master of Arts degree from Seabury-Western Theological Episcopal Seminary, a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math from Dickinson State University, and he was ordained in the Orthodox priesthood and served as the priest of St. George Orthodox Church in Spring Valley for 18 years.
Father Gregory had many hobbies, including astronomy, walking, and reading.
Survivors include his wife, Katherine Buss of Spring Valley; one daughter, Rebecca A. (Lucas) Buss-Martinez of Denver, Colo.; one son, Robert A. Buss of Philadelphia, Pa.; two sisters, Judith Buss of Kalamazoo and Katherine Edgerton of Detroit, Mich.; and his half-brother, Lavon Armstrong of Edgerton, Ohio.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his half-brother, Ronald Armstrong.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. George Orthodox Church.