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April 11, 1948 – May 22, 2013

John A. Busse, a former supervisory special agent for the criminal investigation division of the Rochester field office of the Internal Revenue Service, died Wednesday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst, after a short illness. He was 65.

A Buffalo native, he was a graduate of Bishop Fallon High School

He was a cum laude graduate of the University at Buffalo.

Mr. Busse, an Amherst resident, retired in 2005 after a 33-year career with the IRS.

He was active through his professional career with the FBI and other federal and state agencies on task forces dealing with public corruption at all levels of government.

In 2001, Mr. Busse was selected to supervise a group of criminal investigation special agents for the IRS in Western New York, and he played a key role in the convictions of 227 people involved with 53 Western New York telemarketing companies in the 1990s, resulting in $9.6 million in court-ordered restitution and $1.1 million in business income forfeitures. In December 1999, U.S. Attorney Denise O’Donnell personally lauded Mr. Busse for his efforts in the telemarketing scam investigations.

A member of the Army National Guard, Mr. Busse was honorably discharged in 1974 as the chief of the communications section of Buffalo’s 152nd Engineer Battalion.

He was a coach and manager of various levels of youth hockey teams in Amherst and Depew, and a former manager-coach in the Amherst Soccer Association and Amherst’s Christy Mathewson/McCarthy Baseball Little League.

He also was an avid golfer and former vice president of the IRS Buffalo Golf League.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Adrienne; two sons, John and Brian; two daughters, Michelle and Nicole; his mother, Frances; two brothers, Joseph and James; and a sister, Judy.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9 a.m. Tuesday in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church on Maple Road in Amherst.