Funeral services will be Wednesday for longtime Omaha businessman Jan Eric Pusch.
He died Saturday at Methodist Hospital after a long illness, said his brother-in-law, Keith Power of Omaha. Pusch was 77.
Pusch was president and majority stockholder of Hospe's Mr. Music, a family-owned music company that at its zenith had 10 stores in Nebraska and Iowa.
His parents, Henry and Elsa Pusch, bought the business, which was founded in 1874, in 1943. When Henry died in 1972, Jan became president. His sister, Carole Pusch Power, was a stockholder and her husband, Keith, was vice president and a stockholder.
Jan Pusch played every instrument a little, said Keith Power. “His singing voice was outstanding” and he performed for weddings and at the Omaha Community Playhouse.
“He was very bright. He was very good at mathematics,” Power said.
In 1983, the family sold Hospe's to Paul A. Schmitt Music Co. of Minneapolis. Schmitt's Omaha store still has the 7355 Dodge St. address of Hospe's main store.
Pusch was active in the Christian Business Men's Committee, Metro Right to Life and the Masons. He was a founder of the Greater Omaha Credit Bureau and served on its board.
“My father played a very large part in a lot of things in Omaha,” said son Matthew Pusch of Omaha.
In March 1995, a tragedy thrust the Jan Pusch family into the news. Son Mark Alan Pusch, now deceased, shot and killed his mother, Beverly Pusch, and wounded his sister, Michelle, at the family's west Omaha home.
Jan Pusch, who was born and raised in Omaha, graduated in 1954 from Principia High School in St. Louis and attended the University of Omaha. He also served in the Army National Guard.
Besides his son, sister and brother-in-law, other survivors include daughter Michelle Pusch Dyas of Omaha and three grandchildren.
Funeral services for Jan Pusch will begin at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Crosby-Kunold-Burket Funeral Home Chapel, 11902 West Center Road.