Richard 'Dick' James Buist 1937-2013

Richard 'Dick' James Buist  1937-2013October 31, 2013

Richard ‘Dick’ James Buist

Traverse City Record-Eagle

SUTTONS BAY — Richard “Dick” James Buist, 76, of Suttons Bay, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on Monday, Oct. 28, 2013, at Traverse Victorian Senior Living.

Dick was born on Oct. 14, 1937, in Grand Rapids, to the late George and Thelma (Archer) Buist. He married Linda Kay Ashley on Aug. 12, 1961, in Geneva, Ohio.

Dick graduated from Ohio State University and earned his master’s degree in physics.

His career was dedicated exclusively to the area of thermoelectrics, beginning at Battelle Memorial Institute and continuing with Borg-Warner and Marlow Industries. In 1989 he and his wife started their own successful business, TE Technology. He was held in high regard by his colleagues as an entrepreneur, the inventor of a world-renowned test system and as a founding member of the International Thermoelectric Society.

Dick loved to be on the water either fishing, boating or otherwise enjoying Grand Traverse Bay. He could be a fierce competitor at tennis, handball, racquetball and golf. He loved the arts. He loved to paint, play his guitar and sing. He wrote songs that ranged from humorous to heartfelt.

Dick was a world traveler, and his journeys included trips to Europe, New Zealand, El Salvador, Japan, China and Hong Kong as well as many trips within the United States.

Dick was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He was a tireless provider for his family and was also a dedicated family man. He and several of his friends initiated a Chicago-area charter of the Indian Princesses, and their camping trips are the source of many fond memories for all involved.

Dick will be remembered for his creativity, his intelligence, his humor and for his devotion to his family. He will truly be missed and loved forever by all who knew him.

Surviving Dick are his wife of 52 years, Linda; children, Pamela (David) Blessing, Julie (Mike) Grigsby, Laurie (Brian) Eskoff, Cathy (Roger) Colburn and Rick (Amber) Buist; grandchildren, Justin, Jordan, Casey, Megan, Colin, Kyle, Drew, Jake, Eric, Rebeca, Alex, Savannah, Caden and Ella; siblings, Ruth Ann (Tom) Saylor, Larry (Cindy) Buist and William (Carol) Hartman; and beloved dogs, Sassy and Spunky.

Dick was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Harold; and grandchild, Michael Joseph Colburn.

The family would especially like to thank Hospice of Michigan and the staff at Traverse Victorian Senior Living for all of their loving support and guidance through this difficult time.

Visitation for Dick will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m., at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home. Funeral services will also be held at the funeral home on Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at 11 a.m., with a visitation held one hour prior. Pastor Justin Grimm will officiate.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the National Alzheimer’s Association or a charity of one’s choice.


Paul Lau of TE Technology notified us of the passing of Dick Buist
— Cronin B. Vining, ITS Webmaster