Lawrence E. Bush, 88, of Racine, Ohio, left this world at 3:05 p.m. on February 11, 2013, at Overbrook Center, Middleport, to be with his Lord and Savior. Born May 26, 1924, at Old Town Flats, he was the son of the late Roy and Constance Lewis Bush.
He was a United States Army Veteran of World War II, Lawrence entered the Army on April 23, 1943, and separated on January 7, 1946. Trained in Texas in the 124th Calvary Regiment, his tour of duty took him to China, India and the Burma Trail. He received The Purple Heart; The American Theater’s Ribbon; The Asiatic Pacific Ribbon with 4 Bronze Stars’; The Good Conduct Medal; and China’s “Breast Order of Yun Hai” award. He was a member of the Racine American Legion Post #602, and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post # 9053, Tuppers Plains. He worked for the Farm Bureau and Land Mark for 40 years and pastored 35 years at Mt. Olive Community Church, Long Bottom.
Lawrence is survived by his wife of 65 years, Violet Arnott Bush, whom he married in Antiquity on January 31, 1948. His daughter and son-in-law, Connie Mae and Rusty Tucker of Racine, and grandson, Cody Aaron Tucker of Racine; brothers, Ernest L. Bush of Middleport, Charles (Marie) Bush of Racine, George (Mary) Bush of Portland, Tennessee; sisters, Susan Elizabeth “Betty” Pigott of Nelsonville, Clara Mae (Herbert) McIntyre of Long Bottom; sisters-in-law, Suzanne Bush of Racine, and Gloria Bush of East Liverpool; and several nieces and nephews also survive. .
In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by brothers, Robert Bush, Roy F. Bush and Jacob M. Bush; sister-in-law, Flossie Bush; and brother-in-law, Willard Rigott.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 p.m., Friday, February 15, 2013, in the Cremeens Funeral Home, Racine, with Rev. Jim Satterfield and Rev Jim Corbett officiating. Internment will follow in the Letart Falls Cemetery with full military honors provided by the Racine American Legion Post # 602. Friends may call from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday at the funeral home.
Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting www.cremeensfuneralhomes.com.