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Services Friday for Thomas Edward Bush

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Thomas Edward Bush, 77, of Chesterton passed away on May 17, 2017. He was born on October 20, 1939 to Olive Marie (Swanson) and Harry Bert Bush. He was a third generation, life-long resident.

Thomas served as Police Commissioner of Chesterton from 1978-1990. Following in the footsteps of his father, Harry, (Deputy Town Marshal) and grandfather, George Harrison Bush, Chesterton’s first Town Marshal from 1924 to 1942. He also served in the Army Reserves, retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel after 26 years. He worked in banking for 43 years.

He was immersed in the community. Always happy to have a conversation and never shy to let anyone know his thoughts. He was quick with a joke and often times showed affection by teasing people. He was happy to volunteer and lend a helping hand at his church, Bethlehem Lutheran. He could be found most mornings enjoying breakfast and great company at ‘Round the Clock Restaurant. He loved taking a nickel from his 1957 classmates on the golf course. He was always eager to jump on a lawn mower. However, he spent the majority of his time taking care of his two highly regarded dogs, Chloe and Bubba. Most importantly, he was a wonderful father, grandfather, and a friend to so many. He will be dearly missed.

Thomas is survived by daughter, Jackie (Matt) Genuit, son Scott (Janel) Bush, grandchildren, Sydney, Jada, Jonathan, and his two beloved dogs, Chloe and Bubba. He is also survived by his sister, Anita Shepherd, his aunt, Nancy Miller, his nephew Jake, his niece Ellen, and by many cousins.

A memorial visitation will be held on Thursday, June 15, 2017 from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W 1100 N, Chesterton, IN, 46304.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2017, at 11 a.m., at Bethlehem Lutheran Church with Pastor Erik Grayvold officiating. There will also be a visitation at the church on Friday from 10 a.m. until time of service. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Cremation services were entrusted to White-Love Funeral Home in Chesterton.

Memorial contributions can be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W 1100 N, Chesterton, IN.


Posted 6/13/2107





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