Buesings honored as Grand Marshals
Long-time Wells residents David and Lillian Buesing were honored this week as the Grand Marshals in the annual Kernel Days parade.
The couple moved to Wells in 1973, and have made the community their home for the past 37 years.
“We moved here from Indiana when I got a job at Wells Concrete,” Dave Buesing says.
He started at the company as a project engineer, but then spent 25 years as the president of the local company.
Buesing retired three years ago, and John Rivisto became the president.
“I was pretty focused on my work during those years,” Buesing says. “I think the best thing I did for the Wells community was helping with the growth of Wells Concrete.”
During his years as president, the company expanded into the architectural concrete field, as well as purchasing a company in Grand Forks, N.D., and several redi-mix businesses.
“We grew nicely over the 25 years,” he says, “but it wasn’t just me doing it, we had a great team.”
Lil Buesing stayed at home and raised their children. But, she also was busy helping out in the community, especially whenever someone needed some help.
She has been active in Interfaith Caregivers, St. Casimir’s Church and School and Meals on Wheels.
“I have had some time to help out, wherever needed,” Lil says. “I enjoy helping others when I can.”
That is in addition to her being busy with her home and children.
The Buesings say the number four has been pretty popular in their family.
“We have four daughters and four sons-in-law,” Lil says. “Plus we have four grandsons and four granddaughters. And, four of our grandchildren live in Minnesota, and four live in Colorado.”
One of their daughters lives in St. Cloud, while the other three are in Colorado.
In order to visit their children and grandchildren and attend their numerous events, the Buesings spend a lot of time in Colorado, especially now that they are retired.
So much time, in fact, that they own a second home in the Rocky Mountain state.
“Two of our daughters just wound up getting jobs in Colorado,” Lil says. “The third one went out to visit, fell in love with the area, and also stayed out there.”
Their four daughters are Bridget, Danielle, Stephanie and Angela.
Dave and Lil say they love to travel, and have toured much of the United States in their small motor home.
Dave also likes to build furniture in his basement wood shop. Lil enjoys sewing, reading quilting and spending time with her family and their many friends.
Dave was born and raised in Marshall, while Lil grew up in Pocahontas, Iowa. The two met in Minneapolis, where Dave was going to college, first at St. Thomas, then at the University of Minnesota. Lil was working at a pediatric clinic.
Being chosen to be the Grand Marshals of the parade is quite an unexpected honor, the couple says.
“It is really nice,” Dave says. “We certainly didn’t seek it, or campaign for it, but it is nice.”
He adds that there are many people in Wells who do a lot for the community and never get honored.
“I just want to say that there are many people who deserve to be recognized,” he says. “This is very great town to live in, with many nice people.”
Wells Area Chamber of Commerce Director Andrea Neubauer says there were several deserving candidates for the Grand Marshal honor again this year, but the Buesings were at the top of the list.
“They are well known for their generosity and compassion for others,” she says. “They have been dedicated to the people and community of Wells.”
The Buesings says they will have four of their eight grandchildren riding with them in the car at the front of the parade on Sunday.
That seems only fitting for this family-oriented couple.