Gary Bush, 1948-2018

Published 1:00 am Thursday, March 1, 2018

Funeral services for Gary W. Bush, 69, of Albert Lea will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Bayview/Freeborn Funeral Home. The Rev. John Holt will officiate. Interment will be at Oakhill Cemetery in Nashua, Iowa, at a later date. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday and one hour prior to the service at the funeral home Saturday. Online condolences are welcome at

Gary Bush

Gary passed away peacefully Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018.

Gary William Bush was born Aug. 10, 1948, in Albert Lea, the son of Chester and Mary Alice (Cooling) Bush. Gary grew up on a farm in rural Austin and always worked very hard with chores and helping his family. Upon graduation from Austin High School, Gary was employed at Goodyear Tire in Austin. Later, he worked for Wilson & Co. and Farmstead Foods. This occupation spanned most of his working career. During that time he purchased his house on Abbott Street, where he lived until his recent move to Knutson Place.

Email newsletter signup

Gary married Katherine Lee Torvik on June 1, 1974, at First Lutheran Church in Albert Lea. To this union, one child was born, Stephanie. She was the apple of his eye. The couple later divorced.

Gary went on to get his commercial drivers license, driving over the road for a short while before returning to Riverland Community College to gain skills in computer networking. He was employed by SMIG until his retirement.

Gary enjoyed fishing, billiards, computers and listening to music. He was an avid Vikings fan, loved his canine companions and — most of all — he loved time spent with his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his daughter, Stephanie (Nate) Jansen; grandchildren Kassandra, Dylan and Luke Jansen; siblings Alan (Maryann) Bush, Barbara (Craig) Bellrichard, David Bush, Nancy Bennett, Deb Johnson and John (Jodi) Bush; sister-in-law, Janelle Bush; and many nieces and nephews.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents Chester and Mary Alice; siblings Doyle Bush, Tom Bush and April Lerum; and brother-in-law, Michael Bennett.