Richard John Bush, 86, Fargo, N.D., died Wednesday, April 14, 2010, at MeritCare Hospital, Fargo.
Mr. Bush was born Sept. 24, 1923, in New Rockford, N.D., the son of Herman and Emma (O’Connor) Bush. He grew up on the family farm and attended country school at Munster Township School, rural New Rockford, and St. James Academy, New Rockford. He enlisted in the U.S. Army National Guard on April 15, 1940. He served in the 164th Infantry, Company F, in the South Pacific and Guadalcanal during World War II. He was discharged on Sept. 6, 1945. Following his discharge he worked in a gold mine at Cook City, Mont., then joined the Fargo Police Department on June 19, 1947. He married Gloria Knott on Nov. 15, 1947, in Fargo. He retired May 1, 1984, after 37 years of service. He operated Northern Market in Fargo during the 1950s. He was a member of VFW Post #762 and American Legion Post #2, and a life member of the American Division Veteran’s Association. He enjoyed painting houses, woodworking, hunting and fishing.
He is survived by his wife; a son, John (Shelly), Fargo; three daughters, Karen Jo Bush, Fergus Falls, Minn., Susan (Roger) Lee, Hillsboro, N.D., and Kathy Fermolye, Fargo; three sisters, Elaine Atkins, Brooklyn Park, Minn., Patricia (Roland) Dryness, Burbank, Calif., and Darlene Jenrich, Farmington, Minn.; two sisters-in-law, Eileen Bush Rickel, New Rockford, and Arlene Bush, Mesa, Ariz.; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, Ed and Glenn; and a sister, Ellen Allmaras.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, St. John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, with the Rev. Bernard Pfau officiating.
Visitation: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.
Burial: Prairie Home Cemetery, New Rockford. Military honors by Raymond B. Thorn American Legion Post #30, New Rockford, and the North Dakota National Guard.
Online guestbook: www.EvansFuneralHomeND.com
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