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Vistitation and funeral Saturday for Frank Bush, III

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Frank Bush, III, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving wife and children on April 9, 2017 at his home.

He was born on January 25, 1933 in Chicago, IL to Frank F. Bush Jr. and Eva Collier Bush, both of whom preceded him in death.

On January 9, 1954, at the Community Church in New Carlisle, IN, he married the love of his life and wife of sixty-three years, JoAnn May Adnson Bush, who survives in Chesterton.

He is also survived by his children: Matt (Janet) Bush of Valparaiso, Tracie (Jim) Bunton of Valparaiso, David (Annette) Bush of Valparaiso, Evanna (late Jon) Schaefer of Chesterton, Cindy (Bob) Lowther of Chesterton, and Nate (Tanya) Bush of Chesterton; his siblings: Barry Bush of LaPorte, Bonnie Brainerd of LaPorte, Barbara Hall of LaPorte, and Betty McIntyre of LaPorte; his fourteen grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

He is also preceded in death by his son-in-law, Jon Schaefer, and by his siblings: Merideth, Lester, Cyril, Sam, Eva, LouAnn, and Jeanie.

Frank was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Chesterton. He proudly served his country in the United States Army. He retired as Supervisor at Inland Steel after thirty-three years. He was also the co-founder of Great Oaks Nursery and Garden Center where he was involved with daily operations for more than thirty-five years. He made many loyal friends and customers because he was always willing to help others. He had many friends, a large loving family, and had a deep love of trees. Frank loved attending the Indy 500 and did so every year for thirty-eight years. He was also a huge Jeff Gordon NASCAR fan. He also loved farming, family dinners, holidays, horse racing, and poker games. He will be fondly remembered as “Poker Pete.”

The family will receive friends on Saturday, April 15, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, 2050 W 1100 N, Chesterton, IN.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. (Central Time) at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, with Pastor Erik Grayvold officiating. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery. There will be a luncheon at the church immediately following the burial.

Memorial donations may be given to the VNA Hospice Center, 2404 Valparaiso Street, Valparaiso, IN, 46383, or to Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

Arrangements are under the direction of White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN.

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Posted 4/12/2017




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