Leonard “Doppy” Eugene Buser

Leonard “Doppy” Eugene Buser

Leonard “Doppy” Eugene Buser

Cedar Rapids

Leonard “Doppy” Eugene Buser, 87, of Cedar Rapids, died Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2023, at the Dennis and Donna Oldorf Hospice House of Mercy. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4, 2023, at Brosh Chapel and The Avacentre in Cedar Rapids, located at 2121 Bowling St. SW, where there will be a 3:30 p.m. vigil. Funeral Mass will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2023, at St. Jude Catholic Church. Burial to follow in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery.

Leonard was born Dec. 29, 1935, in Corning, Kan., the 11th child of Frank M. and Teresa C. (Schafer) Buser. Upon graduation from Saints Peter and Paul High School, he moved to Iowa and began his 45-year career with the Iowa DOT. Leonard was united in marriage to Norma Schilling on Feb. 24, 1968, at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cedar Rapids. The two were inseparable and enjoyed traveling, working in the garden or on home improvement projects together. They were active members of St. Jude Church, including volunteering many years at the Sweet Corn Festival. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus as well as the Sandy Beach Campers Club.

Leonard is survived and missed by his daughter Sandra “Sandy” (Don) Kluth and son Michael “Mike” Buser; three grandchildren, Cody Adams (Courtney), Kelsey (Drew) Anderson and Mariah Buser; one great-grandson, Mason Anderson; his brother Don (MaryAnne) Buser; his brother-in-law Glen (Joy) Schilling; as well as many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, the love of his life Norma, his daughter-in-law Paula Buser, and his siblings.

Born into a simpler time, Leonard enjoyed a slower paced world where people were genuine and waved hello to one another. He showed kindness to everyone and never met a stranger. Since childhood, he enjoyed singing in church, especially with his closest brother Donnie. He loved old country and Western music on Willie’s Roadhouse and the RFD Channel and made many good friends while singing and playing guitar in a band for several years. He enjoyed bluegrass festivals, camping, and telling stories and jokes to make people laugh. Doppy took great pride in building a beautiful and award-winning home, recognized by Hames Homes Community. He was proud of the meticulously groomed yard, and especially loved to decorate outdoors for Christmas.

Memorials may be directed to either Hospice of Mercy or to St. Jude Catholic Church in his name.

The family wishes to thank Hospice of Mercy and the Mercy doctors for the excellent care of Leonard for the last two years.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.broshchapel.com

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