Mildred Busch, 81

Mildred “Millie” Kathryn Buening Busch, 81, died peacefully at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis. Millie was born September 15, 1940 in Decatur County, Indiana, to George and Helen (Roell) Buening.

She grew up on a farm south of St. Paul, attended Oldenburg Academy, Marian University, Xavier University, and Butler University where she received a PhD in Pharmacology. She worked in both retail and hospital pharmacy. She did a Hospital Pharmacy Residency at the VA Hospital in Indianapolis and a Research Residency at Hoffmann-La Roche in New Jersey in collaboration with NIH and Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital. Then she worked for Eli Lilly as a Research Scientist and Project manager.

Millie married Carl Busch in 1996 and moved to Greensburg. Millie and Carl loved to travel and make new friends around the world, and they were welcoming hosts to members of several Bed and Breakfast Clubs. Both Millie and Carl loved working in the woods and garden on the farm. Millie was known for her kindness and letters and notes expressing her gratitude, joy, and love. Millie was a dedicated member of P.E.O. Chapter T and supported her sisters and education for women.

Millie is survived by her husband, Carl; brothers: Philip (Roseaaron) Buening, Robert (Joyce) Buening, John (Renee) Buening, Jerome (Karen) Buening; sister, Ruth Buening; sisters-in-law: Thelma Buening, Margaret Buening, Anne Buening, JoAnn Buening; stepchildren: Greg (Karen) Busch, Debre (Tom) Davis, Cindy Schmidt and her former husband, Frank Schmidt; eight grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren with one on the way; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brothers: Alvin Buening, Ray Buening, Donald Buening, Joe Buening.

According to Millie’s wishes she will be cremated. Burial of cremated remains and a graveside service will take place on Tuesday, June 14, 2022, at 11:00 am at St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery with Father John Meyer officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Diabetes Association. To leave online condolences, please visit

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