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“Dear Bush Family, We we're sorry to hear about the passing of Bill. Losing a loved one is never easy, but know that he rests comfortably now, and is...Read More »
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William Frank Bush, age 76, of 10979 Whitetop Road, passed away at 7:50 a.m. Thursday, May 28, 2009, at home, following a short battle with pancreatic cancer.

Private family services will be held on Monday at Behr's Funeral Home, 1491 Main St.

Burial will be in Linwood Cemetery.

William was born on March 6, 1933, in Dubuque, Iowa, son of Dallas and Isabell (Hahn) Bush.

Bill attended school in Dubuque and served for a short time in the U.S. Navy. He married Alice L. Purkapile on August 2, 1958, at the Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa. He worked as a machinist at A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. for 35 years until his retirement in 1995. He was a member of the Machinist Union Local 1238. Bill was a handyman and liked working with wood. He could fix anything and enjoyed working on cars and helping his children. He liked to watch professional wrestling, court shows, Animal Planet and the History Channel. His dog, Smokey, was his best friend. Bill was an animal lover.

Survivors: his wife, Alice L. Bush, of Dubuque;
three daughters, Bonnie (Bob) Gansemer, of Platteville, Wis.,
Sandy (Jim) Brown, of Dubuque,
Debra (Greg) Gottschalk, of Dubuque;
three sons, Ken Bush, of Dubuque,
Don Bush, of Dubuque,
Randy (Sherri) Bush, of Dubuque;
13 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren;
a brother, James (Sandy) Bush, of Dubuque

He was preceded in death by his parents; and three brothers, Robert, Richard "Fritz" and John "Jack" Bush.

The family would like to thank Hospice of Dubuque and the doctors, nurses and staff at Medical Associates and Mercy Medical Center for their care and concern.