Speaker Busch Will Lie in State Under Rotunda

Join us on Nov. 13, right across the street from the State House. Photo by William F. Zorzi

Maryland’s longest-serving House speaker will be honored in the State House and with funeral services next week.

Michael E. Busch, who died at the age of 72 on Sunday, will lie in state in the rotunda of the Maryland State House next Monday and Tuesday, according to an announcement from his family. Public visitation will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Monday and from 8 to 10 a.m. Tuesday.

The speaker’s casket, draped with a Maryland flag, will be escorted by Maryland State Police on Monday to the State House, where he will be met by members of the General Assembly.

On Tuesday, state police will escort Busch’s casket to St. John Neuman Church at 620 Bestgate Road in Annapolis for a service beginning at 11 a.m. Deacon Leroy Moore will officiate.

A reception honoring the speaker will be held from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Atkinson Tower at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium at  550 Taylor Ave. in Annapolis.

A shuttle will operate between the gold parking lot at the stadium and the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to Annapolis High School, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts and St. Mary’s High School. Busch’s family also has established a memorial scholarship in his name.

Condolences can be sent at www.johnmtaylorfuneralhome.com.

Danielle E. Gaines
Danielle Gaines most recently worked for Bethesda Beat covering Montgomery County. Previously, she spent six years at The Frederick News-Post as the paper’s principal government and politics reporter for half that time, covering courts and legal affairs before that. She also reported for the now-defunct The Gazette of Politics and Business in Maryland and previously worked as a county government and education reporter at the Merced Sun-Star in California’s Central Valley.

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