Stephen Thomas Buster

February 28, 1939 ~ March 18, 2024

Stephen “Steve” Thomas Buster, 85, passed away on Monday, March 18, 2024. He was born on February 28, 1939, in Coffeyville, KS, to Walter and Lorene Wright Buster. He grew up in Coffeyville and graduated from Coffeyville High School. Rodeo was his passion from high school until the early 1970’s, where he was well-known as a great pick-up man. After his rodeo career, he transitioned to training cutting horses until his retirement.

Stephen was a great man who was incredibly generous with his time and resources, always ready to help. He was able to turn his love and passion for horses into a career that had a major impact on many lives, and he will be dearly missed.

He is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Connie Ross Buster; his daughters, Tracy Rhodes (Robert) and Sonya Buster; his grandchildren, Erin Willis (Chris Brown), Ben Todd, Hallie Hoge (Derek), and Marshall Olsan (Casey Barton); and his great-grandchildren, Cullen Willis, Kenzie Willis, Bradlee Domingue, Presley Olsan, and Baby Boy Hoge (on the way).

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his brothers, Richard and John Buster.

Cremation has been entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles. A Celebration of Steve’s life will be held at a later date.

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  1. Candle 1Mr. Steve was a great teacher and coach. Lessons that I learned from years of riding with him I still use and pass on today. My condolences to the family. Such a great man.

  2. Candle 1Oh, where to begin! I owe so much to Mr. Steve. He took me under his wing early on, and taught me so much, on every level. He taught me how to train, how to win and even more importantly, how to lose. He built my work ethic, my sportsmanship and the path the rest of my life would take. I owe him a debt I could never repay. I hope he knew how much he influenced me and made me the person I am today. I still hear “SIT” when going across the pen today. You’ll never be forgotten….

  3. My love and prayers to the family. Steve was always so helpful to anyone in the cutting pen. I was always amazed that even when he was in pain with his back, he would get on a horse and look perfectly comfortable. I know he will be missed by family and friends from all over.

  4. Candle 1I Learned so much From Mr. Steve. He Is a true Horseman In everyway. He taught so many and Gave so much of his time to make sure we all learned what we needed to make our riding better. The Heavens have gained a true Cowboy. Such A Great Man! Sending all my Prayers to him and His Family.

  5. Mr. Steve was a great mentor to the George and Nina Vincent family with his training of cutting horses at our farm on Houston River Road for years. He also taught us how to care for the horses, our saddles and equipment and made sure we went by all the rules regarding proper care for horses and our safety when riding,. He also trained us how to calf rope and team rope. He was my cutting coach when I tied for the National High School Cutting Horse Championship in 1976. The Vincent family has Mr Steve and the family in our prayers and we all need to look forward to being up there in heaven one day as one great family with God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ!

  6. Mr Steve taught me a lot about horsemanship, how to read the cow and feel what the cow was about to do. It served me well for a number of years. Thank you Steve Buster for the lessons on horse back and life.

  7. Candle 7The world is a little darker today from our loss of a true Cowboy. Please accept our condolences. It is hard to forget someone who gave us so much to remember. May our memories of Mr. Steve bring us peace.

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