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Larry Ray Bush

June 24, 1933 September 30, 2019
Larry Ray Bush
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Larry Ray Bush was born on June 24, 1933 in Columbus, OH to Helen and Gerald Bush. His sister, Dee, was born a few years later. His father, Gerald was in the army and stationed in OH. In November of 1939, they were transferred to Hickam Field in Hawaii. Their lives changed on December 7, 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor and Hickam Field, where the Bush family lived in base housing. Larry was in second grade at the time. It was a pivotal event in their lives - his father was deployed to Europe and they moved to NJ to live with their Aunt Sophie. Gerald Bush didn’t survive WWII, dying in the last month of the war while stationed in Belgium.

Larry attended Woodbridge HS in NJ where he was senior class president. He graduated in 1952 and joined the Navy on September 3, 1953. He served aboard various ships and attained a rank of Quarter Master 2nd Class. He began his Naval service in Steward AFB, NY and soon transferred to Sasebo, Japan aboard the USS Ptarmigan which was assigned to sweep for mines dropped during WWII. He then transferred to the USS Curlew in an active combat zone in the South Pacific, performing mine clearance and blockade missions. In 1956, he was transferred to the USS Shoveler in San Diego, CA. He ended his full time service aboard the USS Holmes County. He then transferred to the Naval Reserves before being honorably discharged on March 8, 1957. He was honored with the National Defense Service Medal and the Republic of Korean War Service Medal.

Larry met his bride, Olympia, at Monmouth College and they married on September 8, 1962. They began their lives together in Asbury Park, NJ in a small apartment. They became the proud parents of Jerry (named after Larry’s dad) in 1963 and of Jim in 1965. During their lives together they lived in West Allenhurst, NJ; West Milford, NJ; Centreville, VA; Scottsdale, AZ; Ahwatukee, AZ; and Peoria, AZ. Throughout their lives Larry and Olympia were active members in Presbyterian churches in each community.

Larry worked as a draftsman at Western Electric for a short time after high school before joining the Navy. After completing his military service and graduating from college, he took positions in the telecommunications industry at AT&T, Singer, and Sprint. His job took him around the world. Between his military service and his career, he visited nearly every continent.

Larry and Olympia enjoyed volunteering together after Larry retired. They volunteered as docents at the Sully Plantation in VA and became very active at the Desert Botanical Garden when they moved to AZ over 20 years ago. Larry enjoyed an active retirement. He installed irrigation at the Garden and was eventually trained to trim the trees with the crew there. He and Olympia were docents at the Garden and Larry enjoyed giving tours and sharing his love of the desert plants and landscape.

Larry went home to the Lord on September 30, 2019 at the age of 86. He is survived by his wife Olympia, sons Jerry and Jim and sister Dee as well as his daughter-in-law Lisa and step-grandchildren Matthew and Mary. His love of life, generous spirit, patient nature, and kindness has enriched all of our lives.

Services will be held Saturday,October 5th at 11am at Heritage Presbyterian Church 5830 W Greenbriar Dr. Glendale, AZ 85308

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11:00 AM 10/5/2019 11:00:00 AM
Heritage Presbyterian Church

5830 W. Greenbriar Dr.
Glendale, AZ 85306

Heritage Presbyterian Church
5830 W. Greenbriar Dr. Glendale 85306 AZ
United States

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