Gordon Buslach
1932 - 2019

November 22, 1932 ˜ June 22, 2019

Gordon Buslach, a husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, coach and friend of many, passed away peacefully on June 22, 2019 in Vancouver, WA. Gordon grew up in Mill Plain, WA where he married and started his loving family of 5 children, Kyle, Gordy, Kurt, Brad and Denise.
After attending and playing football at Linfield College, he pursued his 33 year career of teaching and coaching high school football and other sports. His passion for coaching led him to White Swan, White Pass, Mountlake Terrace and Prairie High Schools. His love for athletics afforded him the opportunity to impact the lives of many young people. He also enjoyed time spent outdoors hunting and fishing, flying his plane, and traveling.
He met his wife Aida, of 23 years, while in Mexico where they spent many enjoyable times together.
He will be remembered as a patriot, a man of integrity, justness, honor and pride. His players will remember the phrase “When the going gets tough, the tough get going!” which was posted in the locker rooms of every place he coached.
There will be a Celebration of Life at the Battle Ground Community Center, 912 E Main St., Battle Ground, WA on August 17th at 2:00 p.m.
The family would love for you to share your thoughts and memories in the Columbian link below.
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Published by The Columbian on Jun. 30, 2019.
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Celebration of Life
Battle Ground Community Center
912 E Main St, Battle Ground, WA
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Mrs. Buslach, please accept my condolences. I have vivid memories of Coach Buslach at White Swan. He could never get the competitive drive from me that he wanted, and I've often regretted that. We were never a great football team, but he was a good coach and teacher. I don't know anyone else who ever drove a Borgward. I remember Kyle and Gordy and am sure that they grew to be good men, like their father.
Gene Owen
August 8, 2019
Oh gosh, it was 1981, but I can picture it as if it were yesterday: me in the drivers seat of the drivers ed car - Mr. Buslach, my teacher, in the passenger seat, and 2 students in the back, cruising along as if I were the best driver in the world. I didn't even realize that the traffic light had turned red, until, from the corner of my eye, I noticed a knee flying up, and then a stomping sound, and suddenly screeeeeeeching to a stop! (That man had some impressive reflexes! Whoever invented that passenger side brake is a genius!) When the smoke and smell of burning rubber finally cleared, I was ready for a good scolding, but instead he just calmly said, "Pull over. I think you've driven enough for one day!" Rest easy sweet man. You've definitely earned it.
Lori Brosius
July 2, 2019
Gordon and I grew up together in East Mill Plain. We were great friends through elementary and high school. So sorry to see him go! May he rest in peace.
Jess Frost
June 30, 2019
My husband and I met Gordon and Aida when we moved to Shorewood in 1998. Gordon was a good friend and an asset to our community. He will be missed.
June Szabo
June 30, 2019
Gordon and I shared many adventures together through the years,pals in High school, double dated with our girl friends batched together after his graduation in a rental house owned by my parents.shared good times while following different careers even a football game in Arizona to watch his grandson play, I will miss our frequent meetings and fellowship. Sincere condolences to the family and especially his wife Aida whom we love also. May Gods mercy and love comfort all.
Don & Alyce Lutz
June 30, 2019
Gordon and I were team-mates on the Evergreen football team of 1950. We played both tackle positions, he on the left and me on the right. Rest in peace Gordon.
Phil Kerlee
June 30, 2019
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