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“I am so sad and shocked to hear of Bills passing, having grown up with will and emily he was like a second father. I am blessed with all the...Read More »
1 of 58 | Posted by: tom neal - keller, TX - friend

“Diane, We were so very sad to hear of Bill's passing. We send you our deepest sympathies and much comfort during this difficult time. God bless...Read More »
2 of 58 | Posted by: Monika & Glenn Babiak - MI

“Gonna miss you Bill. Happy sailing. Mac ”
3 of 58 | Posted by: Mike McLaen - Tempe, AZ - Friend

“I send my most most heartfelt condolences to Bill´s family and friends for their sad loss. Although I did not know Bill as an adult (and wish I...Read More »
4 of 58 | Posted by: Cicely Winter - Oaxaca

“To all the Buesser family: I had the pleasure of seeing Bill and meeting Diane in Cody and it was such a wonderful but very brief visit. My husband...Read More »
5 of 58 | Posted by: Sally (Snyder) Holberg - Cody, WY

“Although I never met him in person, I knew Bill through having met his father and my dear friend, his sister, Anne. My heart aches for all Bill's...Read More »
6 of 58 | Posted by: sudye cauthen - White Springs, FL

“Bill will be missed. His life ended with us much too early. His reputation for integrity, honesty, and being the ultimate professional will live on...Read More »
7 of 58 | Posted by: Richard Victor - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“I am sorry I only now became aware of Bill's passing and was unable to attend the visitation. Bill was a very good lawyer but an even better man. ...Read More »
8 of 58 | Posted by: Jerry Cavellier - MI

“Bill lit up any room he walked in to with his vibrant energy and enthusiasm for life. I am so thankful for the past few years at the island when I...Read More »
9 of 58 | Posted by: Sara Pfender - Seattle, WA

“Our family always enjoys the special times spent with you all on Russell Island. It was so much fun this past summer with you and Bill and so...Read More »
10 of 58 | Posted by: Julie and Peter Bohnsack - Luling, LA

“Bill was a great neighbor and professional. He will be sorely missed. ”
11 of 58 | Posted by: Michael Warren - Beverly Hills, MI

“Diane,Emily,Will and Alex it saddens us to hear of Bills passing. He was so full of life and energy. He will be missed but remains in our memories...Read More »
12 of 58 | Posted by: John & Jan bardin - Wellington, FL

“Dear Mrs. Buesser, On behalf of the staff and management of Frenchman's Reef and Morning Star Marriott Beach Resort, I would like to express to...Read More »
13 of 58 | Posted by: Hebe Iriarte - St. Thomas

“What did I love about Bill, my cousin whom I first met at Russell Island about 55 years ago? His sense of humor, the feeling that he might take...Read More »
14 of 58 | Posted by: Bill Pfender - Corvallis, OR

“Diane, Fred, Anne and Family, We are so saddened to hear of Bill's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. ...Read More »
15 of 58 | Posted by: Peter & Kathy Bardin - FL

“Diane - We have come to know you and Bill over the past few months and have so enjoyed your visits to our pharmacy. We always talk about how...Read More »
16 of 58 | Posted by: Karen Raehtz - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Alex and Diane, Words cannot begin to express the debt of gratitude we owe Bill. Almost 15 years ago he showed us his uncle's cottage for sale on...Read More »
17 of 58 | Posted by: Jeanne and Gene LoVasco - MI

“Alex, I can't tell you how shocked and saddened I was to hear about your father's sudden death. I miss him, his voice, and his presence in a room. ...Read More »
18 of 58 | Posted by: Matt Kilcline - Philadelphia, PA

“I send my love to all of you, and wish I were there to share my love for Bill. All of us, which includes Mary, Mom, myself, Bill, and John, were...Read More »
19 of 58 | Posted by: Liz Pfender - Seattle, WA

“When Bill walked into a room he owned it. His charisma dominated those in his orbit. His classiness made him a rock star but he remained only humble...Read More »
20 of 58 | Posted by: Kathy Adkins - commerce twp, MI

“From the roosters in Nicargua to singing Christmas carols under the tree, a part of Bill will always remain with me. There was magic in his laughter...Read More »
21 of 58 | Posted by: Christine Ballard - Foristell, MO

“A gentleman I never spent enough time with. He is already missed. ”
22 of 58 | Posted by: Jack Fowler - Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

“To Bill's Family: I was so sorry to read of Bill's sudden passing. I knew Bill almost his entire legal career. He was a very skilled lawyer and a...Read More »
23 of 58 | Posted by: Jeffrey Leib - Boca Raton, FL

“my condolences go out to the family and friends of Bill Buesser. my cousin Bill Buesser was most gracious to me and my loved ones. it is hard to...Read More »
24 of 58 | Posted by: bill holton - haines, AK

“I send my deep condolences. I just saw Bill at the Birmingham Library on 12/23. I was walking out and I heard a voice: "Is that that famous...Read More »
25 of 58 | Posted by: Christopher D. Kuebler - MI

“My sincere sympathy to you and your family. I knew Bill as a well respected lawyer, with a friendly smile, and also knew him as Fred's brother. I...Read More »
26 of 58 | Posted by: Patty Nessel - Novi, MI

“We are all shocked to learn of Bills passing. The entire Boyer family sends their condolences to the Buesser family. I have wonderful memories of...Read More »
27 of 58 | Posted by: David Boyer - Philadelphia, PA

“Anne, Fred, Tony and families- I want to send my deepest sympathy to you all as you gather to celebrate Bill's life and legacy tomorrow. I look...Read More »
28 of 58 | Posted by: Anne Smith - Corvallis, OR

“I feel privileged to have known him and can only echo what clearly resonates through these affectionate notes. He was easy to like and admire-...Read More »
29 of 58 | Posted by: Christian Guest - Cedar, MI

“what a beautiful tribute. I'm so so sorry, Fred. Much love to you all, and to Julie. I will see you soon, love, Jude ”
30 of 58 | Posted by: Judy LaVercombe - MN

“I was shocked to learn of Bill's death last night through a client I had recently referred to him. It just does not seem possible that such a vibrant...Read More »
31 of 58 | Posted by: Carol Lesnek-Cooper - Brighton, MI

“Dear Alex and Diane, As Jean expressed , Bill's passing was quite a shock. Just this past holiday, I ran into Alex, after not seeing him or Bill in...Read More »
32 of 58 | Posted by: terry - Birmingham - friend

“I will miss seeing Bill in the hallway. I am in the next office and Bill was always kind and so vibrant. God Bless you Buesser Family. God Bless...Read More »
33 of 58 | Posted by: Elizabeth Kozin - Birmingham, MI

“The news of Bill's passing came as a shock. I had not seen Bill in quite some time but remember the good times when Alex and our Kyle were much...Read More »
34 of 58 | Posted by: Jean Malley Mcgovern - MI

“I was proud to know Bill as a true gentleman and fine lawyer. So sad that he had to leave us this soon. He will be missed. ”
35 of 58 | Posted by: mike sullivan - MI

“Diane, I am so sorry to hear about Bill. I first met him as a lawyer many years ago. It was so easy to want him as a friend. He was a talented man...Read More »
36 of 58 | Posted by: John Sanborn - Birmingham, MI

“William R. Buesser A legend in the legal profession. A loving husband, father and son... but most of all a loyal friend. Our loss is...Read More »
37 of 58 | Posted by: Peter Comstock Riley - MI

“I will miss him, his energy, his kindness, his excellence in law where i first met him, we came so close to saving him, such a shame, my sympathies...Read More »
38 of 58 | Posted by: Joel Kahn MD - West Bloomfield, MI

“Diane my heart is hurting for you and for the loss of an amazing man. From the moment I met you and Bill in Wyoming we became great friends. I will...Read More »
39 of 58 | Posted by: Sarah

“I am truly shocked to hear about Bill's passing. I was a classmate of Bill's from high school all the way through UM and my wife, Margo and I were...Read More »
40 of 58 | Posted by: Jimmy Tann - Monterey, CA

“Diane, I am truly sorry to hear about Bill. Maggie told me that the two of you were just in the bank. It was the first time that she got to talk to...Read More »
41 of 58 | Posted by: Billy Currier - Beverly Hills, MI

“Diane, I am so sorry for your loss.Bill was just a prince. I remember the many times he would come across the hall to talk about the practice, the...Read More »
42 of 58 | Posted by: Gary W Baun - Birmingham, MI

“He was a fine man and a terrific attorney. I greatly respected him and will miss him. ”
43 of 58 | Posted by: walter goldsmith - MI

“My condolences to Bill's entire family. We graduated DCDS together and it seems like yesterday. Bill was a real gentleman. ”
44 of 58 | Posted by: Neil Satovsky - Southfield, MI

“Bill was a good person and a fine lawyer. I am saddened to learn of his passing and extend my deepest condolences to Diane and the Buesser family. ”
45 of 58 | Posted by: Don Carney - Birmingham, MI

“His love of life made the world a better place to be in. His knowledge of the law was monumental and we all learned from him. My condolences to his...Read More »
46 of 58 | Posted by: EDWARD AVADENKA - West Bloomfield, MI

“Diane, Dr. Topouzian and I are so sorry to hear your sad news. Bill was always such a vibrant, wonderful person. He will certainly be missed. ...Read More »
47 of 58 | Posted by: Judy Knapp - MI

“A great lawyer and person. Will always be remembered al Holtz ”
48 of 58 | Posted by: albert Holtz - Bloomfield, MI

“Wild Bill left a legacy of great memories, both at the legal bar and in shared life adventures. I was proud to call him my law partner. He was also...Read More »
49 of 58 | Posted by: Ronald F. Graham - MI

“The first time I met Bill was at a deposition of a Plaintiff's expert witness. As a young lawyer I sat back and marveled at the absolutely masterful...Read More »
50 of 58 | Posted by: Gerard Andree - MI

“Dear Diane, Will and Emily-- I was very sad to hear about Bill this morning from Julie. Bill had a lot of life to him and seemed to me as though he...Read More »
51 of 58 | Posted by: Margery Guest - Grand Rapids, MI

“what a loss. His brother Fred and I were classmates in law school. I think Bill tried his first case against me, and won. A terriffic lawyer and...Read More »
52 of 58 | Posted by: Martin Baum - Detroit, MI

“Dear Diane and Fred: I was shocked and deeply saddened to read this morning of Bill's sudden and unexpected passing. My deepest sympathies and...Read More »
53 of 58 | Posted by: Don B. Gill - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Bill was a real lawyer and a gentleman. This is a big loss to our community. Heartfelt symapthy to his family. ”
54 of 58 | Posted by: Harvey R. Heller - MI

“Our thoughts and prayer are with Diane, Family and Friends. Bill was a great neighbor and a good friend. Bill was always there with Diane. True...Read More »
55 of 58 | Posted by: Tim & Susie Shea - Beverly Hills, MI

“Bill has been my friend and pal for 38 years and helped me learn to practice law with his 4 year head start. The Earth will be less exciting and...Read More »
56 of 58 | Posted by: Bill Lynch - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Bill was the ultimate Gentleman Cowboy. Knowing I had a case against Bill meant two things: 1. I was going to lose; and 2. I was going to LEARN. ...Read More »
57 of 58 | Posted by: Daniel Victor - Bloomfield Hills, MI

“Please accept my condolences along with those of my son, DJ. Bill demonstrated the kindness of heart that I came to admire and respect in him by...Read More »
58 of 58 | Posted by: david binkley - Troy, MI


William Ronal Buesser, husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, lawyer, boater, fisherman, adventurer and lover of life died suddenly of a heart attack December 24, 2010, in West Bloomfield, Michigan. Bill was 66. Bill had a zest for life and determination to participate as fully as possible in all its vicissitudes. When his appendix burst while hitchhiking through Germany as a college student, his doctors had difficulty preventing Bill from performing the appendectomy himself. When he and his wife traveled to Bali in 2009, they brought home not just photographs but nine native drums that became the percussive backbone of the next family gathering. Bill was born February 27, 1944 to Frederick G. Buesser, Jr. and Betty Ronal Buesser. He was a seventh generation Michigan resident; his great-grandfather, William Leland Carpenter, was a justice on the Michigan Supreme Court. Bill graduated from Detroit Country Day School in 1962, then earned a B.A. from the University of Michigan in 1966, where he was a member of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity. During these early years his adventurous spirit began leading him in unusual directions. He worked two summers at Sunlight Valley Ranch near Cody, Wyoming, where he milked cows and tended horses. Instead of flying to Europe to hitch-hike around the contintent, he snagged a berth on a tramp steamer out of Canada. In 1969 Bill earned a law degree from Wayne State University. He was proud to begin his legal career by joining his father's firm, Buesser, Buesser, Snyder and Blank, where his older brother Fred and uncle Anthony C. Buesser were already members. Later Bill branched out on his own, specializing in medical malpractice defense work. This allowed him to satisfy his intense interest in medicine, and gained him the profound respect of the doctors he represented for his broad knowledge of medical issues. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1991. Eventually Bill founded his own law firm, Buesser and Buesser, P.C, and earned additional law licenses to practice in Wyoming and Florida, two of his favorite places. Bill's ability to communicate concisely and clearly, his natural warmth and irrepressible humor, served his clients well. While Bill was a hardworking and gifted lawyer, he did not allow his career to define him. His interests were endless, his curiosity unbounded; he relished sharing his knowledge and skills with his family and friends, and especially with his four grandchildren, whose childish delight and exuberance were equally matched by their "Poppa Bill." Bill was a skillful boater in both fresh and salt water, an avid fisherman, and intrepid hunter. He could build furniture or repair an engine. He loved to cook, garden, and write poetry. In recent years he and his wife Diane learned Spanish, became yoga practitioners, performed family concerts on guitar and violin, and traveled to Spain, Thailand and Bali. Throughout his life, however, Bill returned regularly to the St. Clair River and his family roots sunk deep on Russell Island, where reuniting with extended family was a source of celebration and renewal. Bill is survived by his wife Diane; his children, Emily, Will and Alex; his grandchildren Olivia, Ben, Oscar and Stella; his brother Fred and sister Anne, his aunt Jo Buesser Pfender; and his uncle Tony Buesser. A memorial gathering will take place Wednesday, December 29, from noon to 3 p.m. at A.J. Desmond & Sons (Vasu, Rodgers & Connell Chapel), 32515 Woodward Ave., Royal Oak. IN LIEU OF FLOWERS, memorial tributes to Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, 24359 Northwestern Hwy., Ste 225, Southfield, MI 48076 or Russell Island Foundation, c/o Kathy Engelhart, 1011 Satterlee Rd., Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304. Due to allergies and for health reasons, no flowers or perfume please.

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