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J. Ross Bush

J. Ross Bush

Died: Saturday, December 27, 2003
Age: 94
Former Grosse Pointe Park resident Julius Ross Bush, 94, died on Saturday, Dec. 27, 2003, in Traverse City.

Born in Terre Haute, Ind., in 1909, Mr. Bush was the son of Lewis D. and Louise (Miles) Bush.

The Bush family moved to Detroit in 1927. Mr. Bush earned his bachelor's and master's degrees at Wayne State University and did his graduate study at the University Laval in Quebec. He taught English and French at Wilbur Wright High School (renamed Murray Wright) until his retirement.

Mr. Bush served his country honorably with the U.S. Navy during World War II.

On July 24, 1948, he married the former Dorothea Schmidt, and together, they resided in Grosse Pointe Park until moving to Williamsburg in 1999 to be near their son.

Mr. Bush was a member of the Grosse Pointe Memorial Church for more than 50 years and was active in many church activities, including being an assistant to Dorothea during her five-year stint as a Sunday school teacher.

He joined the Circumnavigators Club after he and Dorothea rounded the world. They visited a total of 39 countries.

Mr. Bush was a life member of the Detroit Boat Club and the Grosse Pointe Senior Men's Club. He was also a member of the Founders Society of the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fine Arts Society, the Grosse Pointe Symphony Society, the Grosse Pointe Historical Society, The English Speaking Union, and the University of Michigan and the Wayne State University Alumni Clubs.

Both he and Dorothea were ardent theater-goers, and enjoyed square, round and ballroom dancing, boating and playing bridge.

Mr. Bush is survived by his son, Wesley R. (Teresa) Bush; his step-granddaughters, Naomi Milks, Angela (Michael) McDougal; his grandsons, Wesley R. Jr. and Julius R. II; his sister, Kay (William) Baird; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great-nephews.

He was predeceased by his wife, Dorothea; and his brother, Milton W. Bush.

A funeral service was held at the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home in Traverse City on Tuesday, Dec. 30.

Entombment will be in Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Bush Children Education and Medical Fund in care of Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home, 305 Sixth Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.
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