MARTINSBURG – Robert J. Bush, 94, formerly of NYS Route 26, Martinsburg, died early Thursday morning, May 29, 2014 at Lewis County General Hospital.
A Funeral Mass will be said at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, June 2, 2014 at St. Peters Catholic Church with Rev. Christopher Carrara, Pastor, officiating. Burial with Military Honors will be in Martinsburg Cemetery. A gathering at Lowville VFW will follow the burial. Calling hours are from 2 – 7 p.m. on Sunday, June 1, 2014 at Iseneker Funeral Home, Inc., Lowville. Contributions may be made the Martinsburg Fire Department, P.O. Box 143, Martinsburg, NY 13404 or Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, 7752 West State Street, Lowville, NY 13367, or Lowville American Legion Post #162, 5383 Dayan Street, Lowville, NY 13367.
He is survived by three sons and a daughter-in-law, Lon R. and Sue Bush of West Lowville, Robert L. and Henry R. Bush of Lowville; four daughters and two sons-in-law, Alicia R. Bush of Alexandria, VA; Rochelle Bush and Paul Bishop of New Paltz; Renee Bush of Martinsburg, Roberta and Jack Zehr of Lowville; six grandchildren, Abby Bush and her husband David Baer, Shaun and his wife, Alexis, Kyle Bush, Brooke and Sloane Zehr, Morgan Rook; two great-granddaughters, Eleanor Baer & Finlee Bush; three brothers and sisters-in-law, Lawrence and Wanda Bush of Watertown; Clement and Wilma Bush of Lowville; Bernard and Barbara Bush of Lowville; two sisters and two brothers-in-law, Christine Thoma of Castorland; Clara and Jack Matulewicz of Lowville; Maurice Birchenough of Lowville; several nieces, nephews and cousins. He is predeceased by three sisters, Margaret Tabolt, Marie Walters and Theresa Birchenough.
Robert was born on March 25, 1920 in Lowville, New York, a son of the late Henry J. and Frances Becker Bush. He graduated from Lowville Academy in 1938, and worked as a mechanic at area garages before entering the U.S. Army Air Corps in September, 1941. Mr. Bush was a Flight Engineer on B-29s during World War II, until November 1945. He served as a Flight Engineer on C-97s during the Korean War. He flew 24 missions in WWII and 10 missions in the Korean War. He received numerous medals and declarations including, a Purple Heart, American Theater Victory Ribbon w/star, 4 Air Medals, Pearl Harbor Ribbon, Meritorious Service Wreath, Distinguished Flying Cross, The Bronze Star, American Campaign Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign National Defense Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, American Defense Medal, WWII Medal, Good Conduct Medal. On May 28, 1950, he married Beverly J. Potter with Msgr. John Hogan, officiating. Mr. Bush worked as shop foreman at Fort Drum for many years before retiring. He was a State Fire Instructor for 35 years.
Mr. Bush was a communicant of St. Peters Catholic Church, Lowville. He was a member of Lewis County Memorial Post #6912, VFW and Lowville American Legion Post #162. He was a member of the Martinsburg Fire Department and a charter member of the Lewis County Citizens Patrol. In his younger years, he was a coach of farm league baseball for boys.
Condolences may be made online at www.isenekerfuneralhome.com .