Gary F. Bush

Nov 30, 2020
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10:30 AM Tuesday, December 8 at Locke Funeral Home


One hour prior to service at the funeral home


Riverside Cemetery
Shell Rock, Iowa


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     Gary F. Bush, 67, of Waterloo, died Monday, November 30 at UnityPoint Health - Allen Hospital.

     He was born May 15, 1953, in Waterloo, son of Deforrest B. and Maxine I. Lawson Bush. He graduated from Waterloo West High School in 1971, and attended screw machine school in Rockford, IL.

     He married Debbie Tyler October 17, 1970; they later divorced. He married Oky Ill January 17, 1997; she died January 19, 2009. He worked as a machinist starting at John Deere November 18, 1975 working there for 33 years until retiring December 31, 2008.

     He was a member of UAW Local 838, and Ducks Unlimited where he sat on the board in Grundy County. He loved the St. Louis Cardinals and fishing with Oky. He greatly enjoyed photography, traveling, and hunting. He was also known as "Cheap Charlie."

     Gary is survived by: his mother, Maxine Vanriper of Waterloo; two sons, Gary E. Bush of Cedar Falls‚ and Dusty (Manila) Bush of Des Moines; two brothers, Randy (Barb) Bush of Waterloo, and Bob (Anita) Bush of Waterloo; step-sister, Diane (Kenny) Monaghan of Denver, CO; and two grandchildren, Alanna and Jackson Bush.

     He was preceded in death by: his wife, Oky; father, Deforrest Bush; step-father, Emil VanRiper; and maternal and paternal grandparents.

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  1. Rex O. Karas | Dec 11, 2020

    Rex O. Karas

    Longtime friend of Gary and worked with him on numerous photo and art projects with him over the years and traveled together many time around country and most recently to Yellowstone Park.  

    Gary had lots of things he wanted to do and actually did them.  Told me one of his favorate things was to go fishing Every day.

    Would someone from the family please contact me about all his artworks and props and different projects he worked on to preserve them.

    Rex O. Karas  (319) 361-9721  texting / cell phone  home (319) 895-6499 
    421 Scobey Road NW  Mount Vernon, Iowa  52314  

  2. Maureen Beckman | Dec 07, 2020

    Randy and family, 

    John and i are very sorry for your loss. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.
    Deepest sympathies,

    John and Maureen Beckman

  3. Malinda Rigdon | Dec 03, 2020
    with heartfelt sympathy. Malinda Rigdon

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