Seeding a Legacy
A family with a long history in the seed business is planting hope for the future of production agriculture in the name of a lost son.
Keith and Pauline Buresch, along with children Amanda and Luke, all of Buresch Seed of rural Lakefield, have established the Levi Thomas Buresch Memorial Scholarship in Agronomy at South Dakota State University. Up to three $1,000 scholarships are awarded annually to SDSU agronomy students from Minnesota.
Keith Buresch, who has been in the seed business for nearly four decades, said he hopes the scholarship helps keep the memory — and legacy — of his late son, Levi, alive for years to come.
‘God had a plan’
On Jan. 6, 2012, after enjoying Christmas break at home with his family, 20-year-old Levi Buresch, a sophomore agronomy/animal science major at SDSU, was all packed up and ready to head back to school in Brookings, S.D., for the start of his fourth semester. That afternoon, as he worked with his uncle in a drain tiling ditch on the farm, the 2010 Jackson County Central High School grad was killed when the ditch wall collapsed.
In the hours and days following the accident, an entire community mourned the loss of a promising young life and rallied around the family. Local churches lifted the family up on prayer chains, a community prayer service took place and more than 1,200 people attended the visitation and funeral.
“Burying your child is a very difficult thing to do, because life isn’t supposed to work out that way,” Keith Buresch said. “God had a plan for Levi, and we have had to accept that plan.”
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