Donald Bush

Donald Ray Bush

Wednesday, April 19th, 1939 - Sunday, August 11th, 2019
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Donald R. Bush, 80 of Whitman, WV departed this life Sunday, August 11, 2019 at Grayson’s Assisted Living at Huntington, WV.

He was born April 19, 1939 at Micco, WV to the late Raymond and Mira Mullins Bush. In addition to his parents he was also preceded in death by 3 sisters, Violet Sheppard, Joetta Smith, and Sue Bush; 2 brothers, Arlie Bush Sr. and Earl Bush; niece, Cindy Sheppard Gentry; and great-niece, Harley Gentry.

Don graduated from Logan High School where he played football for the Wildcats earning All State, All Star, and All Southern honors in 1957. He attended West Virginia University and the University of California. He was a veteran of the US Marines. Following his service in the Marines Don was a Policeman for the City of Logan for 3 years, Chief Field Deputy for Mingo County, WV for 8 years, and a WV State Trooper for 23 years.

Those left to cherish his memory include his loving wife of 57 years, Marilyn Queen Bush; brothers, Ronald (Irene) Bush; sister-in-law’s, Carilyn Queen, Connie Bush, and Pam Bush. He is also survived by his best friend and co-worker, Gene Baumgardner, a host of nieces, nephews, family, and friends.

Funeral services will be held at 12 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2019 at Akers-James Funeral Home with Dr. Ron Sanger officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until the time of the service Thursday at the funeral home.

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  • Visitation

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Akers-James Funeral Home
    400 Main Ave.
    Logan, West Virginia 25601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 12:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 12:00pm
    Akers-James Funeral Home
    400 Main Ave.
    Logan, West Virginia 25601
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Dr. Ron Sanger
  • Interment

    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    Thursday, August 15th, 2019 1:00pm
    Highland Memory Gardens
    Guyan Memorial, 42 Highland Memory Gardens Cemeter
    Pecks Mill, WV 25547
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AnnaMae Sartin

Posted at 04:23pm
Remembering Don Bush as one of the kindness and caring State Police . Also appreciate his service to our country , state and county. 🙏 for his family.

Charles "Chad" Shaffer

Posted at 11:59am
I always appreciated Don as my boss. He was fair an impartial and we had many good talks. I especially got tickled at him when we raided several marijuana fields in the Chapmanville (Harts Creek) area. We were in our State Police coveralls and he was dressed like a hunter/farmer. Some of the pot growers were starting to get mad at our confiscating their marijuana crops and Don just calmly stated, "Boys you can come the easy way or the hard way, doesn't matter to us. But you will lose." Wish I could be there but I treasure my time under his leadership. Praying for all.

Henry Vinson JD

Posted at 04:30am
Don was a great man. He dedicated his life to helping others. He will be forever remembered for his honor and kindness. My heartfelt condolences to the Bush family. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

Henry Vinson JD

Mary Maynard

Posted at 11:34pm
Remember Don stop by house every morning to pick my dad up for work. And us kids would cry cause we thought he was taking my daddy to jail. Don was good man and good cop. Prayers for the family and friends

John P Bragg

Posted at 09:37pm
To Mrs Bush and family, I want to extend my heartfelt condolences to each of you. Don and I worked together on several State Police details from southern coal strikes, prison riots and traffic control in the eastern Panhandle of WV. He always had a big smile and a story to tell. I often think of my friend, Big Don, and I will continue to recall our adventures as fellow State Police Officers. God bless each of you and comfort you during this most difficult time. Don’s work is done and he’s at rest with our Lord and Savior. God’s speed my friend, Rest In Peace!
John P. Bragg, WVSP (Retired)

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