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St Catherine of Siena Catholic Church
Friday November 13th, 2020
11:00am - 12:00pm

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Joseph John Bush

On the morning of November 4th, 2020, Joseph Bush passed away in Kalamazoo, MI after a brief illness. Joe was born in Marysville, MI on January 10, 1929. Although he moved with his family to Detroit at a young age and grew up in the city, he always had a special place for small towns. He grew up in the Corktown area of downtown Detroit in the shadows of the old Tiger Stadium. After graduating from high school, Joe enlisted in the Army and served as a code interceptor in the Army Security Agency in Germany. Joe was in the Army from 1946-1948 and began his career at A & P Food Stores shortly after his discharge from the service. At a party he met a young Peggy Cornett shortly after leaving the Army and they were married on New Year's Eve 1949. Joe continued his career with A & P, starting as a butcher and progressing through various management positions until he retired in 1990 as the Director of Operations for Michigan and Ontario. Along the way, Joe and Peggy raised 4 sons and the family moved to Portage in 1969. In Joe's younger years, he was a very good baseball player and played semi-pro ball before getting married. His love of sports continued and he was an avid fan of the Tigers, Lions, Red Wings and Michigan State Spartans. In addition, he was an inaugural member of the Moors Golf Club in Portage and was a member for over 30 years. The highlight of his golf year was the annual family golf outing held each June known as the Bush Open. The only thing Joe loved more than sports was his family. Joe and Peggy were married for almost 68 years, and in addition to his sons, the couple were blessed with 13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren. Joe is preceded in death by his wife Peggy, son Daniel, parents (Joseph and Clara) and brothers Leonard, Clarence, and Robert. He is survived by his sons Jerry (Diane) Bush, John (Julie) Bush and Steve Bush, Daniel's widow Maureen and siblings Bernice Wilson, Franklin Bush, Shirley Bush and Dennis Bush. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Portage, MI on November 13th at 11am with internment at Ft. Custer Military Cemetery immediately following. Due to Covid restrictions, the service will be limited to family members but will be available to watch via a live stream. The link is available on the church's website. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church where Joe was a parishioner for over 50 years. Donations will be utilized by the church for in-house projects. While visiting Joe’s webpage at www.avinkcremation.com please sign the guestbook by lighting a candle, and/or sharing a memory with the family. The family is being assisted by Avink Funeral Home; 5975 Lovers Lane in Portage.

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John, what a beautiful tribute to your father. I just learned of Joe's passing this morning. He and your mom were so incredibly proud of all of the Bush Boys and the lives and families you have all built. I used to run into him frequently at the golf course and he would light up sharing the latest on what was going on with the family. He so looked forward to the annual Bush Golf Outing, as did Daniel. I was so impressed by the commitment that everyone made to attend each year. The commitment to being there for the family. The successes that you all have had at every level are such a wonderful tribute to your folks and validation of the foundation they instilled in all of you. My sincere condolences.

Matt Betts Jan 17 2021 2:51 PM

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Michael T Gillen Nov 19 2020 7:21 PM

When I remember Joe Bush I close my eyes and think of a frosty cold winter Saturday morning in Michigan. I can see my breath as I skate around the Lake Street Ice Arena chasing a little black rubber puck. I am focused on my effort to put that puck in the net and score a goal for my team, but I glance up at the boards that wrap around the rink and see two fathers standing in the cold morning air, clutching their coffee and rocking back and forth trying to stay warm. They are happy and smiling on this freezing cold winter morning because they so enjoy watching their sons play the sport that they love. Those fathers are Joe Bush and Don Schaefer. When I remember Joe, I think of the word Devotion. Like my father, Joe was devoted to his family and his friends. He loved his sons and his wife Peggy with all his heart and always displayed his devotion to them. I remember Joe as a strong hearted but gentle and quiet man who always made you feel good about yourself. Every time I saw Joe he had a smile on his face and gave you a positive word. I knew a lot of fathers when I was growing but Joe reminded me of my own father who I always believed was the best man I ever knew. Joe raised his boys to be like him, hard working and caring men who were devoted to their families and friends. Joe's wonderful character and values will live on in his sons and many grandchildren. I know how much the Bush family is hurting right now because I miss my father every day that I live. But I will remember Joe, as I do my own father, for a life well lived. I wish I could have been there today to share my feelings for the Bush family. But I am sending my thoughts and prayers and thinking back to those great days when I was growing up in Portage and got to know the wonderful Bush family and the Patriarch of that loving family, Joe Bush. Sending my love to all the Bush's, Bob Schaefer Portage, Michigan

Bob Schaefer Nov 13 2020 10:53 AM

I was fortunate to know Joe since my sister, Julie, is married to Joe's son, John. Joe had a way of making you feel as though he had known you forever and was very interested in all you had to say. I know he had this effect on everyone. He truly loved life and his family and kept up this positive attitude even after the loss of his wife. He will be missed by all but I am certain that all who knew him will always smile and feel they were blessed to know him when they think of Joe. His memory will live on! Jan and Tim Wagner

Janet Wagner Nov 13 2020 8:22 AM

John, this was a lovely eloquent tribute to your father. God bless you and your family.

Laura Ragold Nov 13 2020 8:09 AM

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Your UBS Michigan Market Family Nov 12 2020 2:51 PM

Our sincere condolences go out to all the Family of Joe. Joe as was his Wife Peg Very Dear to me! I had many pleasant memories of them both when I was a Child, as they were very close to my Mother Virginia and my Dad Bob, Masson. Joe also grew up with my Biological Father who passed away when I was less than 2 years old and shared memories and pictures with me in the last couple of years. He was a Very Dear Man and Loved sharing How Proud he was of all of his Children and Grandchildren and their accomplishments. Even though It wasnt often enough, I will miss our Chats Terribly! God Bless and Comfort all thru this time of Grief! Marsha Kelly

Marsha Kelly Nov 12 2020 10:25 AM

What a Wonderful Tribute to Your Father! He was Very Proud of All of You!

Marsha Kelly Nov 12 2020 10:24 AM

What a beautiful tribute to your dear Dad,John :heart::pray:

Mary Lynn Torriglia Nov 11 2020 10:27 PM

My dad was and will always be my hero. He taught me every important lesson I have ever learned and for that I am eternally grateful. First, and foremost - undying love of family. I can honestly say that there has never been a moment in my life where I didnt know without question that my dad loved me, my brothers, our wives, our kids, his grandchildren and great grandchildren and, most importantly, my mom. He spent his entire life sacrificing for all of us. Working hard every day and making sure that the people he cared most about were safe and secure. There has never been a more devoted husband or father and I pray every day that I can measure up to the standard that he set for all of us and that I can pass this same lesson along to my 3 sons. There is simply nothing more important or more meaningful that we can do to honor his memory. Lesson number 2: we are all responsible and accountable for our words and actions. It is never someone elses fault - we make choices and have to own them. It has become very easy in todays world to point fingers at others and to blame others for our own shortcomings and failures. My dad taught all of us that there are no excuses. Strive to do your best every day, to do the right thing - not always the easy thing, and own the consequences. At the end of the day it is about being responsible and accountable to the people who count on you. He lived this better than anyone I have ever known and it is a lesson I try to live up to every day. My dad also taught us that there is no substitute for hard work. You have complete control over very few things in life but one of those things is effort. Whether in sports, at work or in commitment to your family and friends you have to give it your all...every day. There are no excuses for lack of effort. If you care, and he certainly did, success is largely a function of how badly you want to be your best. My dad lived this until the day he passed and this lesson will endure. Lastly, he taught us to always be kind and thoughtful. To value and respect everyone we meet in our lives. I dont think I ever saw my dad treat anyone unfairly or with a lack of respect. He may disagree with them but he valued their opinions and respected the fact that they were entitled to believe whatever it was they believed. Wouldnt it be great if there was more of that in our world today? At the end of the day I was blessed to have my dad in my life for over 63 years. He taught me more than I can ever begin to thank him for and his lessons will live with me forever. I love you dad with all of my heart and I will miss you every day. Thanks for being the greatest dad I could ever hope for and for all that you did for me and for our family. John

john bush Nov 11 2020 7:18 PM

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