January 12, 1929 ~ October 3, 2020

Born in: Wiesbaden, Germany
Resided in: Owensboro, Kentucky

Irene Van Bussum, 91, of Owensboro passed away Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born in Wiesbaden, Germany on January 12, 1929 to the late Faranz and Augusta Bishop Braun. Irene was retired from General Electric, and was a member of Ridgewood Baptist Church. She enjoyed sewing, crafting, cooking, gardening, and spending time with family.

Along with her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Rudolph “Buck” Van Bussum, her son, Dean Van Bussum, her brothers, Aribert, Winfred, and Franz Braun; her sister, Waltraud Guerra; and her granddaughter, Stacy Hardison Wathen.

Irene is survived by her children, Nancy (Jeff) Higdon, Lynda Hardison and the late Tommy Hardison, Debbie Polston, and Becky (Steve) Simmons; her grandchildren, Aaron (Collen) Higdon, Jason (Kate) Higdon, Jared Higdon, Dale Polston, Jr., Carrie (Jake) Ward, Stephanie (Butch) Garst, Holly (Ben) Jackson, Jeremy (Lena) Simmons, and Mendy (Dominic) Kluck; 28 great-grandchildren; and 9 great-great-grandchildren.

Services will be 11:00 am Monday, October 12, 2020 at Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory, with Brother Randy Stallings officiating. Burial will follow at Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation will be from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday, and again from 9:00 am until time of service at the funeral home.

For all those who wish to honor and celebrate Irene at the funeral home, are required to wear masks for the safety of all those who are in attendance at the visitation and funeral celebration.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at OHRH and Signature Healthcare at Hillcrest.

Expressions of sympathy may take the form of donations to Ridgewood Baptist Church; 800 Carter Road, Owensboro, Kentucky 42301. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory is both honored and privileged to be entrusted with the care of Mrs. Van Bussum. Share your messages of condolence with the family of Irene Van Bussum and sign her virtual guestbook by going to


Visitation: October 11, 2020 2:00 pm - October 7, 2020 6:00 pm

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Visitation: October 12, 2020 9:00 am - October 12, 2020 11:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Service: October 12, 2020 11:00 am

Haley McGinnis Funeral Home & Crematory
519 Locust St.
Owensboro, KY 42301

Burial Service: October 12, 2020 12:00 pm

Rosehill Cemetery
1300 Old Hartford Road
Owensboro, KY 42303

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  1. Hoping the family finds comfort in all the happy memories you have of your mom, grandmother and great grandmother. She always made us feel welcome when we were at the family gatherings. She was a beautiful and gracious lady. She raised four of the sweetest and beautiful daughters we know.
    Sending our deepest sympathy to each of you. Hugs, kisses and love
    Gayle and Jeff
    God bless you all 🙏

  2. Don & Judy

    Hard to believe we won’t see her again when we come to Owensboro to visit! She “ adopted” Don & I into her family and seemed to remember to include us into all family events. Irene was a great lady who we were honored to know and will be greatly missed!

  3. Sorry to hear about your mom. I will always remember when we would get together for a great game of bunio and l will always remember the good times we had

  4. To Irene’s children; I remember how loving and considerate she was to my Mom, in the West 5th street neighborhood….back in the 90’s….Her kindness will be remembered….as soon as I saw her face there,
    I knew your pain and care for you and how you feel… The Davis Family

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