In Memory of

James Bush

December 3, 1929 - March 20, 2013
Jim Bush, the son of Jacob and Lillian (Kirchoff) Bush, was born on December 3, 1929, in Cherokee, Iowa, and was the youngest of four children. He attended elementary school first at Rock Township Country School, and then at Visitation Maryhill, where he graduated from the 8th grade. He worked with his brothers on the family farm after graduation. During the winter months, he worked first at the Armour, and then at the Cudahy Packing Plants in Sioux City, Iowa. On July 11, 1950, he was married to Eileen Mae Begnoche of Sioux City, Iowa, at Sacred Heart Church in Sioux City. They lived on the family farm in rural Cleghorn in the same house that Jim grew up in, where they raised eight children. Jim was actively involved in farming until his declining health forced him to retire in 2006. He was a lifelong member of Visitation Maryhill Church until a storm demolished it in August, 2006. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Church in Cherokee from that time until his passing. He was also a former member of the Knights of Columbus. Jim enjoyed bowling, playing pool, playing cards, and singing in Visitation Church's men's and adult choirs. His favorite pastime, however, was roller skating (where he met Eileen). For many years, Jim and Eileen also enjoyed square dancing. He was a member, and served several terms as President, of the Marcus Grand Spinners, and later belonged to the Kingsley Square Dance Club. His true passion was always farming. He was gifted with ability in all the trades, but especially as a machinery mechanic. He enjoyed his family, and had a quick wit and smile. He will lovingly be remembered by his wife; his four living sons: Dennis (Deb) Bush, Alan (Christine) Bush, Bryan (Lori) Bush, all of rural Cleghorn, and Wayne Bush of Cherokee, Iowa; his three daughters: Patricia (Doug) Mortenson of Maple Grove, MN; Charlotte (Joe) Groves of rural Cherokee; and Evonne (Chris) Hockert of Stanchfield, MN; 15 grandchildren: Nathan (Jenni) Bush, Randy (Leann) Bush, Dana (Chris) O'Connell, Angela (Travis) Benner, Amber (Rusty) Hartman, Jeff Groves, Eric Groves, Ryan Hockert, Regina Hockert, Joseph Bush, Josh Bush, Daniel Bush, Emily Bush, Michael Bush, Megan Bush; 16 great grandchildren; his sister-in-law, Erma Bush; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth J. Bush; his parents, Jacob and Lillian Bush; a stepfather, Chester Peck; and three brothers: Henry (Daria and Doris) Bush, Lester (Mary Ann) Bush, and Leland Bush. Jim was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather, and will truly be missed by all those whose lives he touched.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Cherokee.
Father Dan Guenther
Ryan Hockert Michael Bush Jeff Groves Eric Groves Joe Bush Josh Bush Dan Bush
Visitation will begin at 2:00 P.M. Friday, with the family present from 5:00-7:00 P.M. Friday night at Greenwood-Schubert Funeral Home in Cherokee. Thre will be a 7:00 P.M. prayer service Friday night followed by a Knights of Columbus Rosary at the funeral home.
Organist- Charlotte Groves Vocalists- I.C. Funeral Choir
Maryhill Visitation Cemetery Rural Cherokee, Iowa


Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Eileen, Al, Chris, Bryan, Lori and the entire Bush family,
I was so sorry to learn of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. May God hold you close in his arms, and give you comfort in your time of need. ”
- Dana (File) Kies
Monday, March 25, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Our sympathies go out Alan and all the Bush family. May God grant you peace as you go through this difficult time.”
- Terry and Dawn Jaminet
Saturday, March 23, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Eileen, Al, Charlotte, Dennis, Evonne, and all the rest of the family, I am so deeply saddened by the news of Jim's passing. You are all in my prayers. Eileen - I know how hard this will be for you. I am so glad you have all your family close. Jim was a great man and I treasure his memories and all of your family so much. May you feel God's loving arms around you at this time and may the comfort of all the good times come to mind frequently to lighten these sad moments. With much love and prayers, Sandy Cooper”
- Sandy K. Cooper
Friday, March 22, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“My heart goes out to you all - the journey seems so lonely when you lose a loved ones. The video tribute to Mr. Bush is beautiful - I see a kind and loving man, proud of his family and looking happy, content with his life. Wishing you peace and strength and opportunities to share beautiful memories of this fine man. ”
- Virginia J. Pulver
Thursday, March 21, 2013 at 12:00 AM
“Eileen and family, I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep you in my prayers at this difficult time.
- Brenda Girard Dahlin
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