Kirby L. Buesing, Sr.

Kirby was born to John and Hertha Buesing in Kenedy, Texas on May 9, 1947 and was called home on March 20, 2018 in Houston, Texas. Kirby graduated from Runge High School in 1965. In January of 1967, Kirby was drafted into the army.  Kirby met his wife, Eileen Costello Buesing, through her brother while in the army. Kirby and Eileen were married on May 17,1969.

Kirby started his career at Mobil Chemical while living in Edison, New Jersey in 1969. He and his family moved to Texas while with Mobil in 1971. Kirby continued his career in the paint industry and worked for Jotun, Valspar, and Sherwin Williams. Kirby was a member of the National Association of Corrosion Engineers and the Coatings Society of the Houston Area. Kirby served on the Board and was a Past President.  Kirby was very well respected in the industry and was known as the man to get things done.  He was also known for this in his personal life.  He coached his son’s and daughter’s sports teams, served on various sports club boards, and could fix anything.  If his friends needed anything, from tools to advice, they knew to call Kirby.  Kirby enjoyed hunting, fishing, golfing and watching his grandchildren play sports.  Kirby fished often at his lake house after he retired.

Kirby is survived by his loving of wife of almost 49 years, Eileen Costello Buesing; his son, Kirby Buesing, Jr., wife Michelle Buesing; his daughter, Lisa Bonham, husband Bart Bonham; grandchildren, Kylie (Bonham), Kierstyn (Bonham), Colby (Jaquay), Reese (Bonham), Addison (Buesing), Steven (Jaquay), brother, Wayne Buesing, wife Connie Buesing; sister-in-law, Pat Wilner (Jeff); brother-in-laws, Ed (Diane), Mike (Judi), Joe (Becky) and several nieces and nephews. Kirby is preceded in death by his parents, John and Hertha Buesing; his father-in-law and mother-in-law Ed and Agnes Costello; and his sister, Janice Level.

The family will receive friends and family on Sunday, March 25, 2018 from 5:30-8:00 p.m. at Crowder Funeral Home in Webster at 111 E Medical Center Blvd. A eulogy will begin on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette’s Church at 15500 El Camino Real with a mass starting at 10:30 a.m.  Interment will be at Mt. Olivet in Dickinson following the mass.

In lieu of flowers, the family request memorial contributions to: St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or the Cancer Society.


  1. We are so very sorry for your loss. He’s now in heaven with no sorrow and no pain. What a glorious place to be! We are praying for God to carry you and your family through this difficult time. ♥ Harvey & Jo

    Harvey & Joella L Koerner
  2. My sympathies and prayers are with all of you. I know this is a sad time for all of you
    but the Lord is there with his arms on Kirby’s shoulders and telling you to take com-
    fort for he is out of pain and in loving hands. Love all of you.

    Carolyn Edwards
  3. My prayers are with the Family.
    Kirby was a wonderful & caring person.
    He will be greatly missed.

    Charlotte O. Burrows
  4. There are no words to express how sad we are that Kirby has passed on. We thank God for helping the family and friends understand, one day, why he was taken so soon. I know he will be watching over Eileen and his children and grand children. I’m hoping he has time to watch over his friends too. Praying for God’s blessings on all. Peggy and the Kovacs family.

    Peggy Kovacs and family
  5. Deepest sympathy for Kirby’s family. Grew up with him in Runge. Fond memories of us growing up in “Mayberry”.

    Susan Schrade
  6. We are so sorry for your family’s loss and are praying for all of you in your sorrow. We pray you will find comfort in knowing he is no longer in pain and will be welcomed into Heaven by other family members.

    Lorraine and Charles Cappel
  7. My heart goes out to you Eileen, Lisa, Kirby jr. and the rest of the family. He will be missed, but your memories of him will live with each of you. My prayers are with you. There are no words that will make the pain go away.

    Barbara Woodland Bruce
  8. Kirby was a good friend. He and I worked together for many years. As a result I come to know Eileen, Kirby,jr., and Lisa over the years. I know he loved you all very much. I know, too, he was really crazy about those grand babies. He was a good man, and will miss him. I pray for God to ease your hurting, and give you comfort and strength to face the days ahead through His mercy and grace.

    Tom Vahle
  9. My heart weeps with Eileen, her children and grandchildren. Kirby was a wonderful guy with smiling, friendly eyes, a good neighbor. I will always remember him with love and respect.

    Irene Engels
  10. We are very sorry for your loss. Ron & Arlene Torakis

    Arlene Torakis
  11. I am so very sorry to learn of Kirby’s passing. Eileen and family, my thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Karen Sanders
  12. Eileen,Kirby and Lisa: We are so sorry for your loss. May you find some comfort that Kirby has been called home and will now be watching over all of you guys. He was a fantastic neighbor and had the BEST spook house I have ever been too. Hugs and love to all of you.

    Kelli and Richard Shafer
  13. My thoughts and prayers are with Eileen and they rest of the family. God bless.

    Paul Jenney Jr.
  14. Dearest Eileen and Family,
    Barbara and I are out of the country, however, Diane and Ed have emailed us daily.
    Seems like yesterday that Ed brought Kirby home for the weekend and met Eileen.
    A true love story. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all as you say goodbye to a wonderful husband, father and grandfather.

    Alex and Barbara Borbely

    Alex & Barbara Borbely
  15. Our sympathy to Eileen and the rest of Kirby’s loving family. Although I was older than Kirby ( RHS 1963) I have great memories of our school years in Runge in high school. We will miss seeing him at the RHS Flyback reunions but know he enjoyed a full and happy life with friends and is at peace now.
    Jim and Nina Schrade Sievers

    nina sievers
  16. I have fond memories of Kirby and Eileen visiting us in my grandmothers home in Edison. We had the joy of reconnecting with them just a couple of years ago when we visited them at their lake house. Eileen, you and the family are in our thoughts and prayers. Kirby was s good man and I smile every time I think of him. God bless ❤️

    Kathy Jenney Lesko
  17. We are so sorry for your loss. We have many fond memories of Kirby and the good times we all had living on Echo Hill. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Sending you love and hugs.

    Barbara and Dara Johnson
  18. I went to School In Runge and graduated with Kirby in 1965. My condolences to the family.
    Hilda E (Tamez) Schryver
    West Bloomington, Mn

    Hilda E. (Tamez) Schryver

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