Otto Thomas “Tom” Bussanmas, 49, of Bevington died peacefully Tuesday evening, July 21, 2020, at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines.

A Celebration of Life Service was held Saturday, July 25, at O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk. Memorials to Heinz 57 Rescue in DeSoto and Children’s Cancer Connection will be accepted. 

Tom, the son of Otto Thomas and Maxine Ruth (Crow) Bussanmas, was born on March 6, 1971, in Des Moines. A life-long resident of Bevington, he grew up there and attended Martensdale-St. Marys School, graduating with the Class of 1989. Following high school he attended Northwest Missouri State. Tom had a passion for computers helping to computerize his father’s business, Bussanmas Towing & Repair. He worked for ABC Communication in Des Moines, helping to repair customers’ computers and computer programs. He met Michelle Lynn McLennan through mutual friends; they were later married on July 2, 2005, at Candle Lit Way Wedding Chapel in Dallas Center. Together they made their home in Norwalk, Des Moines, Prole, and finally settling in Bevington. 

Tom enjoyed many hobbies, including woodworking, making jewelry (chain-maille), and grilling, and he loved to try new recipes. Tom overcame many life challenges which include Leukemia, where he survived a bone marrow transplant; three strokes; and numerous surgeries and illnesses which all took a toll on his health. These past few years he resided at Regency Care Center in Norwalk while going back and forth between there and spending time with his wife at their home in Bevington.

On Tuesday evening, July 21, 2020, Tom earned his dragon-wings, passing away with his wife, Michelle at his side. He was preceded in death by his nephew, Harold; and his father-in-law, James McLennan.

Tom leaves to celebrate his life his wife, Michelle; parents, Otto and Maxine of Bevington; two brothers, Jeff (Deanna) of Bevington and Ken (Susan) of Olathe, Kan.; mother-in-law, Karen Pearson and brother-in-law, Mike McLennan, both of Omaha, Neb.; two nieces and three nephews, Heather (Ramsey), Sarah, Sean (Jessica), Nick (Randi), and Jeffrey; and a host of several great-nieces, nephews, other family and friends.

Arrangements are being handled by  O’Leary Funeral Services in Norwalk.

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