On Friday, November 13, 2015, James Ivan “Jim” Bush, age 69, passed at Brown County Health and Living Center. Born June 15, 1946, in Bloomington, Indiana, he was the son of Ralph Scott “Scotty” Bush and Mary Kathryn “Mary Kay” (Bond) Bush-Boston. He attended Brown County High School and graduated in 1964. Jim served as a military policeman in the U.S. Air Force from June 1964 to 1968, stationed in Omaha, Nebraska. He worked for Cummins Engine in Columbus for 32 years and retired in 2001.
Jim is survived by his loving family, his wife, Barbara (Alba) Bush of Nashville; daughter Jennifer Bush (Cami) Hallgarth of Indianapolis; nephew, Abdias Alba of Paso Robles, California; and his father, Ralph “Scotty” Bush of Sun City Center, Florida. He has two sisters-in-law, Rita Johnson of Omaha, Nebraska, and Kathy (John) Mickolafsky of Nevada. Many Bond, Kritzer, and Hedrick cousins are located in Nashville, Columbus, Indianapolis and Alabama. His cousin, Mark (Bobby) Bush, is from Bloomfield, Indiana. There are several nieces and nephews in Indianapolis, Nebraska, Nevada and Ohio.
Jim was preceded in death by his mother, Mary Kathryn Bush-Boston, and 3-year-old brother, Allen Lee Bush.
Jim was treasured for honoring his friendships and his word. He loved his deep-rooted history of the Brown County area. He was a talented and a successful bass fisherman and was well known for his familiarity of Lake Monroe. A former member of Winding Waters Bass Club in North Vernon, Jim was a life member of the American Legion, the Eagles Lodge and the Moose Lodge in Columbus. Jim valued the outdoors, especially two of his favorite things, hunting mushrooms in spring time and fishing at Lake Monroe in fall. He loved auto racing and regularly attended the Indianapolis 500 and Brickyard 400. Jim hosted an annual horseshoe tournament for family and friends during race weekends.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 5, at Bond-Mitchell Funeral Home in Nashville. The family will receive family and friends prior to the service, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., at the funeral home.
Instead of flowers, the family suggest memorial contributions be offered to Our Hospice of South Central Indiana, 2626 E. 17th St., Columbus, IN 47201; or the National Pancreatic Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 1848, Longmont, CO 80502.
Online condolences may be sent to the family at bondmitchellfuneralhome.com.